Blue Spruce is a beautiful trail race that highlights some of the paths in the Greenway and Forests for the World Trail systems. The inaugural race in 2013 marked the Prince George Road Runners' first foray into hosting a trail event!
PGRR's July event features both 5km and 10km distances and begins in the parking lot of Forests for the World, at the end of Kueng Road, atop Cranbrook Hill.
Both distances begin at the gate on the eastside of the parking lot, leaving on a wide trail that is known as the Eastern Boundary Loop. Runners will turn right onto the water tower trail just before reaching 0.5km, for approximately 300 metres before turning left onto the Reflection Lake loop trail (Shane Lake). When the trail separates into a Y, runners take the left trail to Shane Lake and keeping left, run parallel to the lake. The trail will climb for a short distance before runners encounter a short, steep downhill section. At the bottom of the hill, stay left on the Greenway Forest for the World Access trail. It will curve right and over a wooden foot bridge before you head up the trail and turn right onto the Greenway UNBC Access Trail.
All runners will stay left at the Blue Spruce/Greenway 'Y', but 5km participants will find their turnaround point just a short distance down the Blue Spruce trail. Then, they'll retrace their footsteps back to the base of the hill on the Greenway Forest for the World Access trail, where they will connect with the Reflection Lake loop trail for a run around the west side of Shane Lake. As runners round the northern edge of the lake and begin heading east, the trail splits at an interpretive information sign, turn left there and begin the final stretch back to the finish line at the parking lot.
10km participants will continue down the Blue Spruce Connector for approximately 2.5km to the turnaround point, which is a gate at an open meadow. Participants will run back past the 'Y', over the foot bridge, and onto the Greenway Forest for the World trail for the final push around the west side of Shane Lake on the Reflection Lake Loop trail, as detailed above.
|Route Length||Elevation Gain||Surface|
|Easy to Intermediate||5km or 10km||
5km 110m ascent, 112m descent
Important Blue Spruce Information
to volunteer or for more information, contact Race Director Dale Huzar
Important Race Information
Route Map Around Shane Lake