UVic Vikes hosting Cross Country Open

UVic Vikes are hosting a Cross Country Open on Saturday, September 25 at Cedar Hill Corner, Cedar Hill Cross Rd. Open to individuals and families there will be a 6km men’s and women’s race and a 2km kids/family race.  The course is a 2km loop on grass and gravel/dirt trails. There will be an athletic trainer from the University of Victoria at the meet with water and ice available near the start/finish line.

Awards will be given for top 3 individuals for Junior, University and Masters, and top team, in each 6km race. Medals for Kids/Family 2km provided by VICCA.

Entry Fee: $100 per team ($200 for combined men’s and women’s teams); $20 per individual / unattached runner. $10 per individual for 2km ($30 for family of 4).

Meet Entries Due: Please submit entries no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, September 19th, 2021

For more information contact Hilary Stellingwerff, vikesxctrack@uvic.ca, 250-686-7114.

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2021 BC XC Championships Announced

BC Athletics has announced that the 2021 BC Cross Country Championships will be held in person on Saturday, October 23 at Beaver Lake in Victoria.  The event is hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers and BC Athletics.

Tentative Schedule

Race Time Category Distance
#1 11:15 am 2010 Boys & Girls (age 9) 1.5 km
#2 11:30 am 2009 Boys & Girls (age 10) 2.0 km
#3 11:45 pm 2008 Boys & Girls (age 11) 2.0km
#4 12:00 pm Senior & Masters Women
U20* & 70+ Women
8.0 km
6.0 km
#5 12:55 pm U20*, Senior & Masters Men
70+ Men
8.0 km
6.0 km
1:00 pm Age 9, 10, 11 Awards
#6 1:55 pm 2007 & 2006 Boys & Girls (age 12 & 13) 3.0 km
#7 2:20 pm U16 Girls (age 14 & 15) 3.0 km
#8 2:40 pm U16 Boys (age 14 & 15) 3.0 km
2:45 pm U20, Senior, Masters Awards
#9 3:00 pm U18 Girls 4.0 km
#10 3:15 pm U18 Boys 5.0 km
3:45 pm Age 12, 13, U16 & U18 Awards


* U18 may run up in the U20 event to qualify for the BC Team — must indicate race # when entering.

To register go to: http://www.trackiereg.com/BCXC2021 

VICCA announces 2021 Board of Directors

The Victoria International Cross Country Association (VICCA) held its AGM on May 20 and elected its 2021 Board of Directors. The Society’s mandate is to organize and promote cross country events in Victoria from the regional level up to international competition. It successfully staged the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Championships at Bear Mountain Resort in Langford, BC.

The Board boasts a wealth of experience from representatives of running clubs and sports events to Victoria’s running alumni.  President of the Board is Ulla Hansen; Vice-President: Gary Duncan; Secretary: Julien Marceau and Treasurer: Paul Siluch. There are six Directors at Large: Bruce Deacon, Louise Hodgson-Jones, Christopher Kelsall, Mike Kennedy, Tom Michell, and Bob Reid.

Hansen is a 27-time Canadian National Championship Medalist and has represented Canada seven times at the World Cross Country Championships. She was part of the original bid committee for the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Championships.

“Our Board remains committed to the advancement of the sport of cross country both regionally and internationally,” said Hansen. “Having weathered this past difficult year, VICCA is excited about the latest PHO announcement, and we are planning to host cross country racing events later this year.”

The board’s athletic alumni also includes Deacon – two-time Olympian, Pan Am Games Silver Medalist and General Manager of the 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Championships, and Michell – Provincial High School Track Champion, marathon runner and the 1996 Canadian Masters Track Champion in the 800m and 1500m.


Bathhurst Committee launches global running initiative

The local organising committee of the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 2021 has partnered with ASICS to launch a global running initiative designed to allow runners around the world to participate and interact with each other in the year leading to the main event.

Due to the global pandemic, the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia, have been postponed until 19 February 2022, but the local organisers have launched a Global Challenge event that is open to all runners and will coincide with the original dates in 2021.

For more information go to World Athletics

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Ottawa to host 2021 and 2022 Canadian XC Championships

Photo: Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada has announced that Ottawa will host the 2021 Cross Country Championships on Nov. 27, as well as the 2022 event. Abbotsford, B.C., will be the site for the 2023 Championships.

The event was previously scheduled to be held in Abbotsford in 2019 and 2020, before shifting to Ottawa for 2021 and 2022. The 2020 event in Abbotsford was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic last August.

Athletics Canada officials engaged in consultation with local organizing committees in both Ottawa and Abbotsford, as well as BC Athletics and Ottawa Tourism, in the process of allocating this important race weekend for the next three years. Upwards of 1,000 competitors descend on the host city every year to compete in the Canadian Cross Country Championships.

IOC reject XC for Paris 2024

Photo by Lois DeEll.

Cross Country will not feature in the 2024 Paris

Olympics as IOC announced this week. World Athletics had proposed a team’s replay event be included which had the endorsement of elite cross country runners.

In a statement World Athletics said: “Cross country is an exciting and fast growing sport around the world so we are clearly disappointed it will not feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, even more so given the heritage of cross country in France at the Paris 1924 Olympic Games. However, we have developed what we believe is a really exciting mixed relay product and have been encouraged by the commitment from the IOC that they will continue to work with us to realise our vision of seeing cross country in a future Olympic Games.”

Read more on Canadian Running 

BC XC Championships going Virtual

BC Athletics has announced a Virtual Cross Country Championships that will be held in place of an “In-Person” Championships. Unfortunately, due to increasing COVID-19 related restrictions, it  not possible to host an in-person event for the 2020 BC Cross Country Championships. The virtual championships will give an opportunity for athletes across the Province to compete against one another in a virtual format!


More details and registration information will be released shortly via the BC Athletics newsletter, social media, and website.



2020 BC XC Championships Postponed

Photo courtesy BC Athletics

BC Athletics has announced that the 2020 BC Cross Country Championships will now be held on November 28 on the Lower Mainland. The original date was October 24 with the event happening in Victoria. The Cross Country Committee said the move was to mitigate some travel requirements.

The Vancouver Thunderbirds have agreed to host and together with BC Athletics are working to secure a venue.

BC Athletics further said it is not a given that the event will go ahead yet, there are a huge number of hurdles to jump for permissions and safety protocols. Event modifications to fit with current mass gathering restrictions have not been decided as this time. More information will be posted as confirmed.

The Prairie Inn Harriers, will serve as a back up location for 2020 and the Championship will return to Vancouver Island for 2021.

Bathurst 2021 in doubt

The Local Organizing Committee for the World Athletics Cross County Championship has recommended the 2021 event, due to take place in March next year in Bathurst, New South Wales, be postponed.

Read more here

Cross Country proposed for 2024 Olympics

World Athletics is proposing cross country returns to the Summer Olympics in 2024, 100 years after it last appeared at the Games.

Check out the feature article in Athletics Weekly.