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Saturday, December 9, 2017

14th Annual 10 Mile / 5 Mile Trail Race

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 for 2017 — Racers and volunteers are invited to the Six Mile Pub post-race to warm up and enjoy complimentary snacks and a chance at draw prizes.

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2017 Stewart Mountain Online Registration is now Closed

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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.

Start Times

The main start for the long course is 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 kilometers of single track.
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
The 2016 course had more of the traditional shorter double track on the return as the recent snow hid planned single track sections.

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. Early bird rates until February 11th, 2017. Note: Online registration will at 8pm Thursday, December 7, 2017. In-person registration during Package Pickup on Friday and Race Day on Saturday is cash or cheque only. Limit of 600 entries.

Entry Fee - includes after party

  • $ 30.00 Early-bird registration fee. 
  • $ 40.00 October 17th to November 5th, 2017
  • $ 45.00 November 6th to race day

Age Categories

Men's and Women's:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60 and over

Package Pickup

  • Friday, December 8, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 2:18 Run Store, 1576 Fairfield Road, Victoria
  • Saturday, December 9, 10:00a.m. to 11:45a.m., Thetis Lake main beach, with a cut off 15 minutes before each start.

Limited Feature Shirt

A 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 presented at the After Party (see below).

After PartySix Mile Pub

Returning for 2017 - Come on down the hill to the Six Mile Pub from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm to enjoy warmth, complimentary Driftwood beer &-->snacks, plus award presentations and draw prizes. Included for racers and volunteers, and just $5 for guests at the door.

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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, Rosamund Dashwood Fine Arts Scholarship and Sandy Auburn Environmental Studies 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, our youth development program and many other charitable projects within the community.

Race Results

Complete results will be available on the Prairie Inn Harriers website pih.bc.ca and at racestats.org.


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