The Heights Fiver is a road race through College Heights. You choose the distance: either five kilometres or five miles (8km) through the neighbourhood. This early spring event officially launches PGRR’s race season.
Race registration and bib pick-up are held in the Kool Cats Kid Care daycare facility at 6989 Gladstone Drive.
*** TAKE NOTE: New route began in 2022***
Racers will make their way to the start line on Simon Fraser Avenue, approximately 150-metres from the Kool Cats parking lot, for the mass start of the Heights Fiver at 9am.
Participants in the 5km distance will have a 700m stretch on Simon Fraser before their first left turn onto Trent Drive, where they’ll run the block before another left onto Domano Boulevard. That’s 1km under your belt! Next, it’s a run alongside College Heights Secondary School and its fields, before turning left onto Gladstone Drive (1.5km). You’ll wind through lower College Heights on Gladstone for 1km before turning left onto Loyola Drive for a run out to Malaspina Avenue. You’ll hit the 3km mark just before you turn right – your first right! – onto Malaspina. Run out to Domano Boulvard for another right hand turn and find your groove for the next 1.2km! Don’t turn onto the first Gladstone Crescent, you’re looking for the traffic light – that’s your signal to turn right and dash to the finish line in the Kool Cats’ parking lot.
5mile (8km) Route
Participants in the 5 mile race will remain on Simon Fraser, up a stiff hill, to hit the one mile mark. ***Unlike previous years*** Racers will remain on Simon Fraser all the way to the end, where it’s a left turn onto McGill Crescent and a run out to Domano Boulevard. Turning left onto Domano, you’ll hit two miles during the wonderful downhill stretch that takes you to the flat section alongside College Heights Secondary School.
Here’s where the new route begins for you: turn left onto Gladstone and race to catch up with the 5km participants winding their way through lower College Heights. You’ll notch three miles as you pass Polaris Montessori School – great job! Stay on Gladstone until your next left onto Loyola Drive and give it some gas to Malaspina Avenue, where you’ll turn right. Running along Malaspina Avenue, the four mile mark comes as you run past Princeton Crescent. The final fast mile will involve turning right at Domano Boulevard and sprinting back to the finish line – meaning you’ll stay on Domano, passing Gladstone the first time, turning right the next time you hit it at the lights for the final dash to the Kool Cats’ parking lot.
|Route Difficulty||Route Length||Elevation Gain||Surface|
|Easy||5km or 5miles (8km)||14m||asphalt, concrete (road/sidewalk)|
Important Heights Fiver Information
- It’s the first event of the season, so can be busy – leave plenty of time to warm up or register
- Early season road conditions – watch for slippery spots and potholes
- To volunteer, or for more information, contact Race Director Eric Robinson
Important Race Information
- PGRR members participate for free, but still need to register online or at the event to receive a bib number.
- Non-members can sign up online by clicking here, or can pay $15 for the 5km and $20 for the 5mile on the day of the event
- You can pre-fill this event waiver form at home and bring it with you
- all PGRR races include a free Kids Race
- Please leave your dog and headphones at home due to liability and safety issues