PACIFIC SPIRIT PARK
Roots, rocks and rubble have nothing on you. Get chip-timed results, a healthy dose of fresh air, sweet finish-line extras and a guaranteed cheer squad for about the same price as a movie ticket.
MEC Vancouver: Trail Race ONE is the first event in the 2019 MEC Greater Vancouver Trail Race Series offering. Join us on April 7th 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 $20 you can choose between a 5K or 9K race, starting from University Hill Elementary and running among the beautiful forest trails of the northern section of Pacific Spirit Park. Runners will experience a fun and welcoming race atmosphere complete with professional chip timing and complimentary tea and fresh fruit.
*Race date and location is subject to change, permit pending*
Register online no later than April 4th, or in-store (MEC Vancouver only) before April 6th at 4:00 pm SHARP.
Note: race day registration is cash only and + $10, and is available from 7:00–8:00am SHARP on April 7th at the registration tent. Our staff need to be deployed to marshal spots and aid stations - late arrivals cannot be accomodated.
***NOTE: For liability reasons, participants cannot sign up anybody other than themselves.
PACKAGE PICK UP
Saturday April 6th, 2019 from 10:00am - 4:00pm SHARP at MEC Vancouver.
Sunday April 7th, 2019 from 7:00am - 8:00am SHARP at event site. Our staff need to be deployed to marshal spots and aid stations, and as per our permit agreement our race must start on time - late arrivals cannot be accomodated. We strongly recommend picking up your package in advance (or having a friend pick it up for you). Please plan accordingly.
The day you pick up your race package, you will receive an exclusive discount card that entitles you to a 10% discount as per the following exceptions:
- 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 or Intense bikes.
RACE DAY INFORMATION
Race Start Times
9K (wave one) = 8:30am
9K (wave two) = 8:35am
5K (wave one) = 8:40am
5K (wave two) = 8:45am
Please note that there are single track sections during the race. This trail is open to the public and runners must respect at all times that this is a shared trail system.
Start & Finish Location
The race will be starting and finishing at University Hill Elementary school. Our event site will be located on the field next to the trail entrance, on the north side of the field next to the school.
There will be very limited parking at the event site. This parking lot will not be accessible when the race is underway, due to runners needing to cross in front of the parking lot to access the trail system. Please plan ahead and leave early. Our race starts on-time as per our permitting agreement, and anyone that misses the start time cannot be accomodated. Runners will likely need to walk into the event site, depending on if you transit or leave your car elsewhere. You can use this as a great warm-up opportunity before the race begins!
If you wish to bike to the event site, there are bike racks at University Hill Elementary school. Please be sure to bring your bike lock!
We recommend parking in areas nearby and walking to the event site. There are plenty of parking spots near Spanish Banks and you can easily walk/jog to the event site by using the trail system. Please be respectful of parking laws and of local residents!
This venue is accessible by public transportation. Please remember to plan your route ahead, as Translink operates on their Sunday schedule the day of the race. Routes along Chancellor Blvd may not have buses running early enough - please plan accordingly.
Here are some suggestions if you are coming from Vancouver:
- Use #44 UBC Bus
- Depart Waterfront Station and catch #14 UBC bus at WB w Hastings St FS Richards St
- Ride for 28 mins and arrive at WB University Blvd at Acadia Rd. Event site is a 1.2 km walk from the bus stop.
- Use Canada Line Skytrain and #99 Bus
- Depart Waterfront Station on the Canada Line, to Broadway-City Hall
- Catch the #99 Bus WB w Broadway FS Cambie St, ride for 19 minutes and arrive at UBC Exchange (Unloading Only). Event site is a 1.3 km walk from the bus stop.
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 and will not be available to hold any of your personal items.
Medals will be awarded to top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in each race distance category.
5K Course Map
9K Course Map
Please note: There are stairs, narrow gates, and single track sections on these routes. This course is not suitable to run with a stroller.
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).
- 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 brining 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.
VOLUNTEER WITH MEC VANCOUVER
If you have a passion for being outdoors & giving out some sweet high fives then we would love to have you helping out our racers! This is also a great opportunity for students looking to complete their volunteer or community service.
REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER HERE!
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).
RACE SERIES SPONSORED BY:
All water stations will be equipped by MEC's electrolyte partner nuun hydration. nuun is high in electrolytes, yet low in sugar to keep you optimally hydrated throughout the race.
We love to offer amazing value for our events, but we can't offer refunds on registrations. Please see our refund policy here.