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 8, 2024

Online registration for 2024 is OPEN briefly through January 7th at a special New Year flash price.

Well wasn't 2023 glorious sploshing fun!

Course Description

The races begin at the main beach of Thetis Lake and soon 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. A self-declared on-the-day 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. For your safety and in consideration of the support crew setting up and marshaling the course in whatever weather please start appropriately.

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!  2023 Course jpg and trace

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


Online registration for 2023 is CLOSED

Entry Fees – 2023

  • $ 30 Early-bird registration fee through Sunday November 12th (day after Thetis Lake Relay)
  • $ 35 remainder of 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

  • Only on race day Sunday, December 10th, 2023 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Thetis Lake main beach, with a cut off 15 minutes before each start.


The wash/change room building is closed and the water turned off. Port-a-potties are available, as should a dry bag drop area. Many clubs/groups also bring their own tents and fire rings.

Our volunteers will be serving up a hearty selection of warming food including several items from the Chinese Kitchen generously provided by the local View Royal Quality Foods store in Eagle Creek Village, hot chocolate and more.  Participants bringing their own reusable dishes may receive more generous servings.

The nearby 6-Mile Pub is also prepared to welcome us with happy hour drink features and a 10% discount on food. Just mention the name of the race.

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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.

The Harriers were also a major instigator and 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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