Where: Mt. Seymour, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Description: The Mt. Seymour Five Peaks Trail Race offers beautiful views of the city and the forest. The Enduro Course is 9 km (5.6 miles), but there is also a 6 km (3.7 mile) Sport Course option and a shorter race for kids.
Time: The fastest time was 50:41 and the slowest was 2:11:28.
Cost: $45 for early bird registration; $55 closer to the race date (if you’d like to do more trail races, you can save money by purchasing a 5 Peaks Season Pass).
Difficulty: The Enduro Course was supposed to have 430 meters (1,411 feet) of elevation gain, though it felt like more on this one for some reason. The terrain was very rocky and it had rained recently, making some areas a bit treacherous (I saw a few falls, though no one was badly hurt). Some areas were steep and borderline scrambly, but most of it was pretty easy to run. Obstacles included a fallen tree and a small stream, both very easy to cross.
Required Equipment: Running shoes with good traction, comfortable running clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen (or rain gear, depending on conditions), water (there are only two water/aid stations, one at the start/finish and one along the course).
- The cost of entry is less expensive than that of a marathon.
- The course provides plenty of beautiful scenery
- You’ll get a great workout with all the elevation gain.
- There are plenty of bathrooms and parking near the start of the race.
- The event is very well-organized, with good trail markings and friendly volunteers directing in places where trails fork.
- There were lots of different snacks available at the finish (fruit, muffins, brownies, protein bars, etc.).
- As with the other Five Peaks trail races, race photos are made available for free on Flickr.
- There are no dogs allowed on the course.
- You don’t get much swag with this one – no medals other than the top three finishers of each gender (overall and for each age category). Everyone else just got a running hat and a couple of little promotional items (it was a nice hat though).
- Don’t bring headphones or walking poles – they’re not allowed on the course.
- See the Mt. Seymour Five Peaks Race page for more information.
For more great running events in BC, see the main Activities page.
*Conditions, routes, awards, and prices may have changed since the time of this writing.