Harriers Thetis Lake Cross Country Stewart Mountain Challenge Logo2017 300A fall 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.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Course Description

The races begin at the main beach of Thetis Lake and quickly take you off into the character single-track sections of the park. The long course summits Stewart Mountain for some beautiful views; pause to enjoy! The short course follows similar trails out and then turns back toward the beach at the Aid Station.


Thetis Lake Park, Victoria BC. Start and finish near main beach.
Park in the main lot at the end of Six Mile Road.

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 2h15. If you are new to the race, we suggest using your road half marathon time as a guide.

The start for the short course is 12:00 noon. No early start.


The short course is relatively flat with undulations and a mix of main trails, technical single track, and forest double tracks.  The long course adds more tracks and a significant climb and descent.  It should not be your first trail race, and you should be in half marathon shape.  Depending on the weather there could be mud, deep puddles, flowing streams, downed trees, snow, ice, and rain – whatever it's all good!

Courses will be well-marked and marshaled but participants are responsible for watching for directional indicators at all times.


Online registration for 2021 is not yet open – likely in September.  In-person race day – cash or cheque only.  Limit of 600 entries.

Entry Fee

Still being determined but likely unchanged from 2019.

  • $ 30 Early-bird registration fee through October
  • $ 35 November through early December
  • $ 40 Race day — cash or cheque only, no discounts

Age Categories

Men's and Women's:

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

Package Pickup

  • Sunday, December 5th, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Thetis Lake main beach, with a cut off 15 minutes before each start.


Still being determined.

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Stewart Mountain is one of four running events that is designated to annually support Harriers Foundation initiatives including student scholarships & bursaries, athlete travel, our youth development program and many other charitable projects within the community.

Notably the Harriers have founded six bursary and scholarship awards with UVic and Camosun over the years:
  John Thipthorpe Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science (1984), Gunner Shaw Memorial Award in Athletics (1986), Susan Reid Memorial Bursary in Civil Engineering (1997), Rosamund Dashwood Memorial Bursary in Dramatic Writing (2007), Ken Smythe Cross Country Award (2013), and Sandy Auburn Environmental Studies Memorial Scholarship (2018);
which together have dispensed over $71,000 total to at least 106 students through 2020.

They were also an initial contributor to a seventh student award:
  Arthur Taylor Memorial Award in Track (2005);
that has dispensed over $44,000 total to 31 students through 2020.

Race Results

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


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Download this file (Winners Stewart Mountain Challenge.doc)List of Past Winners30 kB2019-10-22
Download this file (StewartMtn5-10Mile2019.pdf)2019 Stewart Mountain Challenge - COURSE MAP1270 kB2019-09-12
Download this file (2019 Stewart Mountain Printable Entry Form.pdf)2019 Printable Entry Form232 kB2019-08-05
Download this file (SM2018_5Mile_Results.txt)2018 5 Mile Results3 kB2018-11-03
Download this file (SM2018_10Mile_Results.txt)2018 10 Mile Results9 kB2018-11-03
Download this file (2018 Entry Form Stewart Mountain 2.doc)2018 Printable Race Brochure with Entry Form641 kB2018-09-21
Download this file (SM2017_5Mile_Results.txt)2017 5 Mile Results4 kB2017-12-10
Download this file (SM2017_10Mile_Results.txt)2017 10 Mile Results13 kB2017-12-10
Download this file (Stewart_Mtn_Interview_2013.doc)Stewart_Mtn_Interview_2013.doc26 kB2013-12-18
Access this URL (http://racedaytiming.ca/raceday-results?display=stewartmtn102013)raceday-results0 kB2013-12-16

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