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Blue Spruce Trail Race

Date: Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Events: Kids Fun Run, 5/10km
Start time: Kids - 9:00am; 5/10km - 9:15am
Location: Forests For The World main parking lot (Kueng Road)
Contact: Chris Budac
Registration: Online Here; Paper Here
Bib Pickup Morning of event @ 8:00am at Kiosk by main parking lot at FFTW

The Blue Spruce trail race is a five and ten kilometre course that heads out from Forests for the World onto the beautiful Blue Spruce trail, and then back into Forests for the World. Overall, the two courses are very rolling with lots of little ups and downs, but nothing as big as the other two trail races in Prince George.

As the Blue Spruce is a favourite trail for many runners in town, it was only a matter of time until someone organized a race on it!

Kids Fun Run:

The kids race is a free event for ages 3(ish) up to 12. For the lower age limit, it is up to the parents to decide if their child can handle running 1km of trails. Registration for the kids event will only happen on the day of the event at the kiosk beside the main Forests for the World parking lot on Kueng Road.

Parents that wish to run with their child or children are fully welcome to do so. The adults event will not start until the kids event is complete.

5 km course

5km Route 5km Elevation

The race starts just after the gate off of the Forests for the World Main parking lot and heads east. Turn off of wide trail to go past the water tower. Past the water tower, stay to the right and take trail past shelter. Turn left on the main trail heading towards Shane Lake. When the trail separates (Ys), take the left trail to Shane Lake. Stay left and parallel to the lake, until you encounter the steeper short downhill section, heading east. Shortly before the two km mark, the main trail turns to the right sharply. This takes you onto the Cranbrook Hill Greenway, where you turn right. Stay on the Greenway, until you encounter the Blue Spruce trail – about the 2.5 km mark. Stay on the Blue Spruce for 50 metres to the 5km turnaround point. Return on the same trail, until you get back to the short downhill section – stay on the main trail here, heading westward. Run around Shane Lake, avoiding any trails to your left. Also do not go down to the new dock on the northwest corner of the lake. After wrapping around the north end of the lake, there is a sharp left, taking you back onto the main trail, heading back to the parking lot. The race finishes on the main trail, near the turnoff to the shelter.

10 km course (click images to enlarge):

10km Route 10km Elevation

The race starts just after the gate off of the Forests for the World Main parking lot and heads east. Turn off of wide trail to go past the water tower. Past the water tower, stay to the right and take trail past shelter. Turn left on the main trail heading towards Shane Lake. When the trail separates (Ys), take the left trail to Shane Lake. Stay left and parallel to the lake, until you encounter the steeper short downhill section, heading east. Shortly before the two km mark, the main trail turns to the right sharply. This takes you onto the Cranbrook Hill Greenway, where you turn right. Stay on the Greenway, until you encounter the Blue Spruce trail – about the 2.5 km mark. Stay on the Blue Spruce all the way to the gate, leading to the open meadow. This will be the turn around point – halfway done. Avoid the many side trails during the race. Return on the same trail, until you get back to the short downhill section – stay on the main trail here, heading westward. Run around Shane Lake, avoiding any trails to your left. Also do not go down to the new dock on the northwest corner of the lake. After wrapping around the north end of the lake, there is a sharp left, taking you back onto the main trail, heading back to the parking lot. The race finishes on the main trail, near the turnoff to the shelter.

  • As per PGRR Club policy, both headphones and pets are not permitted on course during the event.
  • This is a trail race, so expect to be out there longer than if this was a 10km road race.
  • Keep your eye open for wildlife - you never know what you'll see!
  • If possible, carry a cell phone with you.
  • This is an out-and-back event, so please keep your head up when on the Blue Spruce trail. Please give right-of-way to runners returning from the turnaround point.
  • Have fun!