Victoria master runner Craig Odermatt has numerous running titles under his belt, including the 2015 Canadian Cross Country Champion. But now the runner is preparing for the masters race at the upcoming Pan Am Cross Country Cup, held in Vancouver Island – and Canada – for the first time ever this February. (Photo Courtesy of Craig Odermatt)

Registration live for community race in most ‘prestigious’ international cross country event in B.C.

The Pan Am Cross Country Community Race takes place on Feb. 29

Registration for the Pan Am Cross Country Community Race is now open for individuals and clubs.

The mass participation race will be part of the event’s schedule on Feb. 29 and will take place at the Bear Mountain Resort in Langford.

There are seven weeks before runners will have a chance to race on the five-kilometer course, which is comprised of three loops and have all the features of a cross country course such as hills, mud and a sandpit.

RELATED: Cross country runners prepare for world class Pan Am Cup on West Shore

There will be age divisions in five year categories, chip timing, a participant toque and a festive atmosphere.

Clubs and teams also have the chance to compete and win the VIRA Cross Country Cup, presented by the Vancouver Island Runners Association.

RELATED: Langford hosts ‘most prestigious international cross country event’

“This is a chance for local runners to race over the same course as the elite international athletes and to experience the excitement of racing cross country,” said Bruce Deacon, general manager of the event.

The 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup will bring together many of the 44 countries in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean and is being called the “most prestigious international cross country running event that B.C. has ever hosted” by organizers.

The Community Race starts at 9 a.m., with an entry fee of $32 until Feb. 16. From then, the price jumps to $42 until Feb. 28. To register visit panamxccup2020.com/events/community-race.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Local Sports

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-vehicle crash in Langford sends one to hospital Monday morning

Driver sent to hospital with unspecified injuries

Recent arrests skim surface of Victoria’s human trafficking problem

Port city makes desirable place for traffickers flying under the radar

Victoria Canadian Forces member honored with exceptional Rotary Club award

Capt. Jacqueline Zweng is the Western Canada Ambassador of Wounded Warriors Canada

Oak Bay athletes rule the slopes at Island ski and snowboard series

Oak Bay boys take top ski, snowboard honours

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group meets on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

Most Read