Yves Sikubwabo

Photo: Jérôme Bergeron.

Want to test the waters with a cross-country (XC) race this fall (or late summer)?

Even if your student days are well behind you, you can still take part. If you’re not in high school or university, divisions which many cross-country events cater to, there are plenty of options in Canada for open off-road racing. Mud, hills, rolling terrain, cross-country has it all, with distances typically somewhere between 5-10K.

The window for cross-country is quite small, typically mid-September to early-November while road running is largely year-round.

The list, in chronological order, includes races classified as cross-country events for all-comers, not including, for the most part, collegiate-, high school- or primary school-specific races. Some invitationals with open sections are included.

Peace Hills Cross-Country Meet, Wetaskiwin, Alta.

Sept. 16, 2017

U of R Cougar Trot Cross-Country Race, Regina

Sept. 16, 2017

Pinetree Classic Cross-Country Race, Coquitlam, B.C.

Sept. 16, 2017

Jordan Fish Memorial XC Race #2, Calgary

Sept. 16, 2017

Dragons Pull The Trail 5K XC Run, Pickering, Ont.

Sept. 16, 2017

Algonquin Barons Annual Nordic Ski Club Cross-Country Invitational, North Bay, Ont.

Sept. 20, 2017

Invitation Vert & Or, Sherbrooke, Que.

Sept. 23, 2017

Steve Burgess Memorial XC Race #2b, Grande Prairie, Alta.

Sept. 23, 2017

Fort Henry 5K Cross-Country Race, Kingston, Ont.

Sept. 23, 2017

Cross-Country Filoup Cyclo-Expert, Rivière-du-Loup, Que.

Sept. 24, 2017

Vancouver Spirit Run

Sept. 24, 2017

South Fraser Cross-Country, Surrey, B.C.

Sept. 24, 2017

Campbell Mountain 8.8K Cross-Country Race, Penticton, B.C.

Sept. 24, 2017

Cross-Country Saint-Laurent Select, Montreal

Sept. 30, 2017

RDC Open XC Race #3, Red Deer, Alta.

Sept. 30, 2017

Bill Bowness Crescent Park X-Country Race, Surrey, B.C.

Sept. 30, 2017

UofS Huskies Sled Dog Open, Saskatoon

Sept. 30, 2017

Stewart Memorial Cross-Country Cup, Calgary

Date TBD

Emilie Mondor Classic, Montreal

Oct. 1, 2017

Festival of Cross-Country, Surrey, B.C.

Oct. 1, 2017

Taylor Creek 5K Cross-Country, Toronto

Oct. 1, 2017

Summerland Sweets XC 7.4K & TriPower 3.2K Kids’ Race, Summerland, B.C.

Oct. 1, 2017

Invitation Rouge et Or Cross-country, Quebec City

Oct. 7, 2017

Le Cross des Couleurs, St. Lazare, Que.

Oct. 8, 2017

Augustana Open XC Race #4, Camrose, Alta.

Oct. 14, 2017

Jim Howe Memorial Races, Ottawa

Oct. 14, 2017

Athletics NS Cross Country Provincials, Antigonish, N.S.

Oct. 14, 2017

Reino Run 8K, Larch Hills, B.C.

Oct. 15, 2017

Frank Reynolds Memorial, North Vancouver, B.C.

Oct. 15, 2017

Don Farquharson Harriers 4K, Toronto

Oct. 15, 2017

Saskatchewan Provincial Age Class, Yorkton

Oct. 21, 2017

Larry Nicholas 9K, Kelowna, B.C.

Oct. 22, 2017

ACAC Championships XC Race #5a, Red Deer, Alta.

Oct. 28, 2017

Chris McCubbins Age Class Championship, Winnipeg

Oct. 28, 2017

Kal Park 9K, Vernon, B.C.

Oct. 29, 2017

Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross-Country Race, Vancouver

Date TBD

2017 Alberta XC Provincials, Wetaskawin, Alta.

Nov. 4, 2017

Sunnybrook 8K, Toronto

Nov. 5, 2017

Boreal 5k & 10k X-Country, Montreal

Nov. 11, 2017

Ontario Cross-Country Championships, Bracebridge

Nov. 12, 2017

Canadian Cross-Country Championships, Kingston, Ont.

Nov. 25, 2017

For Canada’s must-run trail races, see our list here.


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