RACE 1 - BIKE THE LAKES (Sunday, May 27, 2018)

Smolt

The Smolt ride will take place in the park itself - likely traveling along the lake front on a wide path to/from the Petroglyphs. Approx 3 km in total

SprinT

The Sprint ride will start on Ash Main Road just above the Sproat Lake Provincial Park (right above the Petroglyphs. From there it will be along Ash Main (no pavement) and will follow that road to the Stirling Arm side of the lake up and over to the Sproat Lake Watersports Club. The riders will turn around at that point and head back along the same route. Total distance approximately 16.8km 

Challenge

The Challenge ride will take the same course as the Sprint except that the riders will carry on along what has then become S Taylor Main. They will travel the south side of the lake to Snow Creek Recreation Site where they'll enjoy a quick break and then turn around to head back along the same route. Total distance travelled will be approximately 77.5 km. The route is entirely gravel. 

Iconic

This ride will start off as both the Sprint and Challenge except that the riders will turn towards Gracie Lake on Gracie Lake Main. From there they'll follow up to Nahmint Lake and carry on turning east toward the Alberni Inlet where they'll join up to Canal Main. They'll enjoy a lovely stop at Macktush Creek Campground a beautiful spot on the Inlet - possibly the nicest camping on all of Vancouver Island. A hidden gem. From there it's north alongside the Inlet often with spectacular views and eventually working their way back over to Sproat Lake Provincial Park. Total distance travelled will be about 90 kms with some significant climbs especially as approaching Gracie Lake. https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.1787394,-125.0058421,32298m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!6m1!1s108Sax_gmwoIFphR9_iof0rO7gaT7cmCr


RACE 2 - RUN THE TRAIN (Sunday, July 1, 2018 ~ CANADA DAY)

SMOLT

The Smolt Runners will enjoy a 500m run along Harbour Road from our Harbour Quay toward Tyee Landing then turn around and finish at the train station where they'll then jump on board the train for the enjoyable ride out to McLean Mill. NOTE: Train ride is included but is not mandatory to take. 

SprinT

The Sprint Run is where this whole event started back in 2013 when it was simply called "Race the Train." In 2016 the Race became the No. 7 Challenge and then in 2017 it morphed to the bigger Tri-Conic Challenge. The Sprint run is a 10k run vs. the Locomotive starting at the Train Station and ending up at the National Historic Site. All runners in this race will be provided with return transportation back to the Train Station either via the Train itself or by bus. Early registrants have best chance of riding the train back. THIS YEAR'S RUN IS ON CANADA DAY AND BECAUSE OF THAT ALL RACING OR SIMPLY JOINING US WILL FIND A COUPON FOR A BURGER/BEER* IN THEIR REGISTRATION BAG. BEER GARDENS PLANNED FOR THE MCLEAN MILL 

Also as a special feature both the Sprint and Challenge Runs will be headed opposite direction to the 61st Annual Canada Day Parade! That's right! You run north while the parade heads south (the train....it's going North too!). Quite the spectacle! 

On the Map below the 10k - Sprint route is noted in PINK. 

Course Details

  • Start E&N Station
  • North Harbour Rd
  • Through Catalyst Paper Mill (~1km)
  • Exit onto Victoria Quay
  • Cross Johnston Rd
  • Alley between Pescadores Restaurant/Legion Hall
  • Kitsuksis pathway - East side of creek
  • ~ 1km along paved path
  • Cross Footbridge at Gertrude 
  • Right on Compton
  • Cross tracks
  • Left on Left on Maple
  • Left on Iris
  • Right on Arvay
  • Left on Dayton
  • Right on Poplar
  • Connects with Kitsuksis
  • North on Kitsuksis
  • Left on Batty
  • Right on Debeaux
  • Left on Smith
  • Arrive McLean Mill on your right

Challenge

The Challenge Run is our 1/2 Marathon race. The runners will start with the Sprint Runners and will 'race the train' to the McLean Mill where they will continue their journey through the rural settings of both Cherry Creek and Beaver Creek. You'll pass the McLean Mill then carry on to Beaver Creek Road turn LEFT on BC and follow the course through some of the residential areas until you wind your way back to the McLean Mill National Historic Site all registrants will receive a Burger/Beer coupon in their registration bags to enjoy after the run. 

Also as a special feature both the Sprint and Challenge Runs will be headed opposite direction to the 61st Annual Canada Day Parade! That's right! You run north while the parade heads south (the train....it's going North too!). Quite the spectacle! 

On the Map below the 1/2 Marathon - Challenge Run is noted in RED. 

Same course as 10k to McLean Mill

  • Smith Road to Beaver Creek Road
  • Left on Beaver Creek Road
  • Left on Saunders
  • Left on Wadena
  • Right on Lamarque
  • Right on Smith
  • Arrive at McLean Mill on your left

Iconic

Not for the faint of heart! This run will start two hours ahead of the Sprint/Iconic runs traveling the same route as the Challenge Run and then some.... Our runners will encounter roadways and trails throughout this run so plan accordingly. All Registrants on the run will receive a coupon for a beer/burger at the McLean Mill's Steam Pot Cafe as our way of thanking you for helping us celebrate the beauty and history of the McLean Mill National Historic Site. The run will follow the ~ 10 k from the Train Station to the McLean Mill National Historic Site and then will carry on to Beaver Creek Road where you'll turn right and head up to the awesome Stamp River Provincial Park - a place that many consider the most majestic on all of Vancouver Island. You'll pass the Fish Ladders perhaps see some fish and then you'll hit the trails for a short but challenging 1.66km run up and down (please be careful) until you get back to Beaver Creek. From there it's another 12 or so K until you're back at the McLean Mill National Historic Site. 

On the Map below the Full Marathon - Iconic Run is noted in Green through to the beautiful Stamp River Provincial Park and then it turns Brown for the route back to the ending point at the McLean Mill

Same course as 10k to McLean Mill

  • Smith Road to Beaver Creek Road
  • Right on Beaver Creek
  • Right on Thompson
  • Left on Bainbridge
  • Right on Beaver Creek
  • Left at Stamp River Provincial Park Entrance
  • Follow 1km in (Gravel Road)
  • Follow Riverside past campgrounds past Fish Ladders
  • Just past Fish Ladders enter trails to your left - climb
  • Follow course - cross small bridge at river
  • Climb from river following path
  • Exit at Beaver Creek Road
  • Turn Right
  • Right on Hills Road
  • Left on Karen
  • Left on Withers
  • Right on Falls
  • Left on Lugrin
  • Right on Saunders S
  • Left on Chapman
  • Left on Pierce
  • Right on Beaver Creek
  • Left on Compton
  • Left on Kitsuksis
  • Left on Batty
  • Right on Debeaux
  • Left on Smith
  • Arrive McLean Mill on your right 

RACE 3 - SWIM THE PAST (Sunday, July 8th, 2018)

Smolt

All swims start and finish at the Sproat Lake Provincial Park beside the Boat Launching area. The Smolts will head out on the water for a 100m swim - 50m out and back. 

SprinT

The Sprint Swimmers will enjoy a 500m swim out from where they may be able to see the Mighty Martin Mars Water Bomber to their right. The swim heads out 250m and turns around. NOTE: The Martin Mars are located just to the west of the swimming area though they seldom are on the water unless of course contracted for services. 

Challenge

Our feature Swim covering a distance of 2000m. The map shows it well. Swimmers will follow the route heading toward the famed Petroglyphs on Sproat Lake - carved centuries ago. Swimmers will do one loop of the course. 

Iconic

The Iconic Swim of 4000m covers the same route as the Challenge but includes an exit from the water on the first loop and then a repeat! An amazing swim in one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire Country!