Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find our most commonly asked questions. If you would like to add to this list please let us know and we’ll update accordingly.

I am new at this and am a little unsure of what to expect?

If you are new to trail running, this is a great place to start! The Short Courses give you a great idea of what trail running is without any major distance. The Long Courses are longer and usually have more climbing. If you are really nervous, check out the routes for each event and go for a quick hike or run on the course to get comfortable with the terrain.

Is there water on the course?

We aim to have aid stations at all our events. Our aid stations will have water, a sports drink, and maybe some gels. You should aim to be self-sufficient for the most part of the races. If you choose to drink from a water source, please treat your water as we cannot guarantee it is safe to drink. We do not have any paper cups at our aid stations!

Are all six races counted for the series title or just the best three?

All six races go towards your series score. The more you race, the more points you could earn. See our Series Race Policies for more info!

What if I am coming over from the mainland on the ferry?

Be sure to set your alarm clock. The only ferry that will get you to the island on time is the first sailing (check schedule). There is an option to make reservations for the ferry which can alleviate some race morning stress. Visit for more information.

What type of footwear should I wear?

You can wear any type of running shoes but trail running shoes will give you the best advantage.
Trail Running shoes (when properly fitted for your gait and stride) will give you ample grip when running uphill, superior traction when running downhill and usually have foot protection features like a rock plate under the ball of your foot and the toe bumper in case you kick a rock or root. Frontrunners has a great selection of trail running footwear but better yet, they have great staff that will fit you for the right pair of trail running shoes. Check them out at their 4 locations on Vancouver Island!

Can I bring my dog?

To be safe and fair to all participants, dogs are not permitted on any of the Vancouver Island Trail Running races. They are welcome at the start/finish area but must be on leash at all times.

I registered and am now injured/sick/don’t want to run: can I get a refund?

We do not issue refunds or credits for our events. As most our events sell out, we want to ensure everyone has a fair chance at getting into our events.

I have another question needed answered?

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