Saturday, December 10, 2016
13th Annual 10 Mile / 5 Mile Trail Race
Well wasn't 2015 a blast in perfectly wikid conditions!
A winter challenge on character trails. Often muddy, wet and slippery. Two distances to choose from, with a classic climb to the summit of Stewart Mountain on the long course.
Again this year with the same small $5 admission fee -- Racers and volunteers are invited to the Six Mile Pub post-race to warm up and enjoy complimentary Driftwood beer & snacks and a chance at draw prizes.
[Nov 21] now confirmed for 2016 are half-hour earlier starts for the long course so we can all get to the after party sooner:
- 2016 Stewart Mountain Online Registration Form now at Race Roster [RaceOnline link deprecated Nov 4th]
- 2016 Stewart Mountain Printable Entry Form
- 2014 Stewart Mountain Course Map - may yet see more new single track sections
- 2015 Stewart Mountain Course Map - so did we deliver?
Thetis Lake Park, Victoria, BC. Start and finish near main beach.
Park in the main lot at the end of Six Mile Road, or cycle the Galloping Goose trail and park at the beach.
Distance / Sanctioning
The classic long course is approximately 10 Miles (16 km) and the shorter course approximately 5.5 Mile (8.8 km). This cross country event is sanctioned by BC Athletics.
The main start for the long course is now 11:30 a.m. An early start option of 11:00 a.m. is available for those expecting to take over 2 hours. If you are new to the race, we suggest using your road half marathon time as a guide.
The main start for the short course remains at 12:00 noon.
Main and secondary trails of Thetis Lake Park featuring mud, rocks and water crossings over rolling terrain, with a significant climb to the top of Stewart Mountain for the 10-mile route only.
The 2014 outbound route was largely unchanged from the previous few years, but the return route featured new single track trails: a descent down Scafe Hill (for the long course) and an all-new loop for both distances that includes "Mossy Trail". 2015 saw several more kilometres of single track. 2016 may see a few changes too. Race day conditions may decide.
The 2015 course saw a reversal of the inbound & outbound segments between "Two Trees" and the aid station at "Dog Bone Junction" saving the big puddle for the return. On the long course this was after the hinted 2+ km of sweet new single track to the west and a short reprise of a double track to the aid station. Unfortunately the later small bridge & "Old Mossy" single track loop had to be sacrificed to keep from adding even more distance & time. Actual 2015 Course Map
Courses will be well-marked and marshaled but participants are responsible for watching for directional indicators at all times.
Please pre-register Online, or by mail with a paper entry form. Do it early by Sunday Nov. 1st for the best rates. Note: Online registration will close end of day Thursday, December 8, 2016. In-person registration during Package Pickup on Friday and Saturday is cash or cheque only. Limit of 600 entries.
- $ 25.00 Early registration fee if received by mail or online by November 1, 2016.
- $ 30.00 Late registration fee if received from November 2 to December 9, 2016.
- $ 40.00 Day-of-Race fee for procrastinators registering at the start line.
Men's and Women's:
- 19 and under
- 60 and over
- Friday, December 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 2:18 Run Store, 1576 Fairfield Road, Victoria
- Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Thetis Lake, start/finish area, with a cut off 15 minutes before each start.
Limited Feature Shirt
A technical race shirt featuring the raven logo above will be presented to the first 150 who pick up their race package.
Port-a-potties at the start/finish area (but no change rooms). Hot chocolate and coffee at the finish (save a disposable - bring your own cup or mug). More warm food, draw prizes and beer available at the After Party (see below).
Overall and age-group awards will be available for pickup at the beach after the race, but full presentations will be made at the After Party (see below).
Returning this year for a small $5 admission fee - Come on down the hill to the Six Mile Pub from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm to enjoy warmth, complimentary Driftwood beer & snacks, plus award presentations and draw prizes. Please select item when registering online.
The Harriers Foundation has awarded many bursaries and scholarships since its inception: the Gunner Shaw Athletic Bursary, John Thipthorpe Computer Science Scholarship, Susan Reid Civil Engineering Bursary, Arthur Taylor Track and Field Award, Ken Smythe Cross Country Bursary and Rosamund Dashwood Fine Arts Scholarship. Stewart Mountain is one of four running events that is designated to annually support Harriers Foundation initiatives including new scholarships, bursaries, medical research, athlete travel and charitable projects within the community.