This is a beautiful trail run in Powell River, on a dead flat 13.2 kilometre wheelchair accessible trail around the very edge of the lake. It starts and finishes at a Provincial Park campground where you can stay if you like to camp. Where else in coastal BC can you run on 13+ kilometres of wide manicured trail around a lake without even a bump? The biggest single gain of elevation — The Hill — is about 8 to 10 vertical feet!!!!! For those wanting to run a shorter distance, there is the Anthony Island 7k — an out & back utilizing the last 3.5k of the full lake trail — again, dead flat. Proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics. Download poster
This year's race is on Thanksgiving weekend. What better way to work up a big appetite for your special dinner? It's also a great way to spend time in nature with visiting family and friends, who can walk, bike or run or just come relax at the beautiful park.
(Inland Lake was formerly known as Loon Lake.) To get to the start: From Vancouver, you need to take 2 ferries: Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Langdale (Gibsons), then Earls Cove (Egmont) to Saltery Bay (Powell River). From Vancouver Island, take the ferry from Little River (Comox) to Westview (Powell River). See Google Map for directions from Powell River.
There is a moderate amount of parking at the start area at Inland Lake. Carpooling is recommended.
13k — Inland Lake trail, a single clockwise loop on flat forest trail.
7k — Inland Lake trail onto Anthony Island and back (also flat).
The 13k and 7k start in opposite directions; make sure you go the right way! Both races finish in the same direction (going past the campsite area).
NOTICE: Please leave your dog(s) at home. For insurance and safety reasons they are not allowed in the race. Also the park rules state: "Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach and picnic areas, the park buildings and the boat launch area." Baby Joggers are welcome but must start at the back of the pack. Use of headphones is strongly discouraged, especially for the 10am start (as runners will be coming up fast behind you later).
Aid stations and toilets
Two water stations will be set up on the 13k course, and at the finish line. There are outdoor toilets near the start/finish area and at a couple of locations on course.
Finish times will be recorded with a professional printer-timer device. Display clock will be set up at the finish line. Please make sure your bib number is clearly visible on your front, and DO NOT PIN OR REMOVE the bottom strip. Final results to be posted on this website by Monday September 22nd.
Awards & Prizes
13k Run: Awards to top 3 Open (up to age 39), top 3 Masters (age 40+) males and females, and top Team with lowest average time (first 4 finishers on the team to count).
7k Run: Awards to top 3 overall males and females.
ALL participants (bike, walk, run, 7k or 13k) have a chance to win a draw prize!
Snacks and hot and cold beverages at the finish line for all participants.