MEC Vancouver: Trail Race FIVE, Central Park 5K / 10K

  • Date
    Sunday, 26 August, 2018
  • Time
    From 08:30 am to 12:00 pm PDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Vancouver
  • Price
  • Address
    Central Park
    3883 Imperial Street
    Burnaby, BC


Forget the movie ticket or the over-the-top burger – for about the same price you get chip-timed results, coffee and bananas, finish-line massages, plus unlimited high-fives from stoked MEC members and staff.

MEC Vancouver: Trail Race FIVE is the fifth of six events in the 2018 MEC Vancouver Trail Race Series offering.  Join us on August 26th for the race that is aimed at all those who want to seek out a fun new running location, getting on the trails and who are all about getting active and staying fit.  For only $15 you can choose between a 5K or 10K race, starting from Swangard Stadium and running  among the beautiful forest trails of Central Park.  Runners will experience a fun and welcoming race atmosphere complete with professional chip timing and complimentary coffee, tea and fresh fruit.

Looking for a challenge? Sign up for the full MEC Vancouver: Trail Race Series!


Register online before August 24, or in-store before August 25 at 4pm SHARP.

Distance Online In-store Race day
5K $15 $15 $25
10K $15 $15 $25

Note: race day registration is cash only, and is available from 7:00–8:00am SHARP on August 26 at the registration tent.

***NOTE:  For liability reasons, participants cannot sign up anybody other than themselves.


In store

Saturday, August 25 from 10am–4pm SHARP at MEC Vancouver only

Package pick up deal: Get 10% off purchases you make in store when pick up your race package.

  • Only valid on day of package pick up.
  • Only on regular priced items, does not apply to clearance items (available in stock at the Vancouver store).
  • Cannot be combined with any other discounts or on any previous purchases.
  • Not applicable on Blundstone items.

Race day

Sunday, August 26 from 7:00am–8:00am SHARP at event site


Start times

8:30am: 10K start (& 8:35am for a Wave #2 if needed(Waves will be self seeeded)

8:40am: 5K start (& 8:45am for a Wave #2 if needed(Waves will be self seeeded)

Safety Information

  • All routes are open to public, please be courteous and be aware of dogs and cyclists
  • If you are using headphones, please respect other event participants and the general public by leaving one ear free so that you can hear any potential safety information
  • If you are participating with a stroller, please position yourself at the very back of the pack so that other participants do not have to run / walk around you
  • Due to liability reasons, dogs are not permitted to run with participants

Youth Entries

MEC defines youth as age 13 to 17. Below is the recommended maximum race distance per age from Athletics Canada.


13 14 15 16 17 18

Maximum Distance

8K 10K 10K 21.1K 21.1K 42.2K


Central Park, Burnaby

The event site is at Swangard Stadium, in Central Park.

Getting There

This venue is accessible by public transportation. Here is our suggestion if you are coming from Vancouver:

Use the Expo Skytrain Line to Production Way-University and Exite at Patterson Station. From there it is a 10min walk to the Event Site.


The following parking options exist:

  • Swangard Stadium parking accessed just east of the stadium off Kingsway (limited parking).
  • Surrounding street parking.
  • Surrounding paid parking.

Bag Storage

We do NOT have a secure bag storage process, however a tent will be available in which you are welcome to store your belongings.

  • MEC Vancouver staff members and volunteers are not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen items.
  • MEC Vancouver staff members and volunteers will not be available to hold any of your personal items.


Waste Management

At Event Site

  • We will have two separate clusters of three plastic bins.  Each cluster will have one bin for garbage (black bags), one bin for compost (clear bags) and one bin for recycling (white bags). 

On Course

  • We will have plastic bins at each of our aid stations with white garbage bags (for recycling) located just after our hydration tables.

Reach your personal best and help us reach ours!

Green Hydration with BYOB "Bring Your Own Bottle"

Stay hydrated and keep our environment clean by bringing your own refillable water bottle on race day. You will be responsible for carrying your bottle throughout the event. Water and Nuun electrolyte refill stations will be available at all aid stations as well as at the event site.

Shop MEC.CA for some great hand held water bottle options.






The Trail Race Series continues in 2018 but this time as a regional approach with six great running events.  The MEC Vancouver and MEC North Vancouver stores have combined forces to offer a really exciting series to showcase our exciting communities.

Sign up before January 31st for only $12 a race! Click here to register!


Know someone who wants to come cheer you on and give out high-fives? Volunteering with the MEC events team is a blast. Find out more.


We’ll have live unofficial race results within one hour of runners crossing the finish line at the results station. Official standings will be posted on the Trio Sports Events site as well as this page within two business days of the event. Be sure to check back!

We’ll be giving out medals to the top three male and female finishers in each distance category (no age categories awards).