Race Day Information

OCTOBER 27, 2024

12k and 3k courses

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The Perseverance Trail Run is a community-driven, grassroots trail running event held in Cumberland, BC. The race has been organized by volunteers and supported by local sponsoring businesses, since 2003, with the goal of raising funds for the Cumberland Community Forest Society to purchase and protect the Cumberland Forest.

BIG NEWS FOR 2023! There is a generous forest fairy who has stepped forward to match up to $25,000 in additional racer and community donations for the 2023 Perseverance Trail Run! Give a little or give a lot – every dollar raised up to $25,000 will be matched in support of the land protection and stewardship work of the Cumberland Community Forest Society!

Short Course: 3km X-Country Romp

Elevation gain approximately 83 meters

Perfect for all ages and abilities including walkers and little ones.

There are a few ups and downs, twists and turns and maybe even a little water. If you like fresh air and want to sample cross country running, then this course is for you!

Children on the 3k course: Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety of their children and should accompany young children on the course.

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Long Course: 12km Mountain Run

Elevation gain approximately 435 meters

This is a classic mountain run with steady climbs, flowing descents, technical single-track and breathtaking vistas. If you are looking for a running challenge – this course is for you. This is a very challenging course with technical terrain and steep sections.

Youth on the 12k course: Children under 14 years of age MUST be accompanied by a registered adult racer at all times on the 12k Long Course. No exceptions. 45minute cut-off on the 12k course is approximately 4kms from the start at CP M3.

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Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 28th
11:00am – 5:00pm
Optional Bib Pick Up

Location: Foveo Running
442-A Duncan Ave, Courtenay (Corner of Duncan/4th)
Avoid the big line-ups on race day and sleep in a little! We’ll have some great giveaways for picking up on Saturday. 

You can only pick up your own race bib, please. Bring ID if you are 19+.

Sunday, October 29th

9:30am-10:30am (not 10:31!)

Bib Pick Up
Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park
We have to hardline this deadline: If you have not picked up your bib by 10:30 you will not be allowed to race. No exceptions. Pick up at Foveo Running the day before if you want some breathing room!

Costume ‘Dance Off’ Contest

Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park
This is the perfect chance to test out your Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded!
Let’s see your moves!!

Mandatory Pre-Race Announcements

Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park
Last minute updates/changes, please be present for this. There will be time after to go to the washroom, warm-up, etc. 

Group Warmup

Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park
Race smart and join us in a fun group warm-up before the race! This will be designed for all abilities to help get the blood flowing to increase performance and decrease risk of injury. If you skip this, just make sure you at the start line on time!

3k Race Start, followed by 12k Race Start

Location: Yellow Gate at Sutton Rd. (500m from Race Central)

There is a staggered start with the 3k’ers heading off the line first, followed about 1 minute afterwards by the 12k racers. Please seed yourselves based on your ability to run straight uphill right off the start line. 

11:15am – 1:30pm
Finish Line Cheering
Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park

This is where everyone wants to be! 

The first 3k racers expected in at 11:10am and the first 11k racers at 11:50am.  

Post-race meal for racers is supplied by Perseverance Trail Run and Cumberland Community Forest Society. Spectators can enjoy the hot lunch by donation after the racers have been through. 

1:15 (ish) 
Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park

Top 3 in each category receive chocolate medals! Special ‘King and Queen and Prince and Princess of the Forest’ prizes for our overall course winners and a big old pile of Draw Prizes after all racers are across the line.

You must be present to win a draw prize!

Hold onto your race bib as you will need to show it as proof of registration in order to enter the racer draw and claim your prize.

Party in the Park!
Location: No 6 Mine Park
The Cumberland Community Forest Society will be once again organizing our Party in the Park! Stick around for the social, music and beer garden!

more stuff!

  • Be Social!
    Instagram – @perseverancetrailrun
    Facebook – Perseverance Trail Run
    Tag #ptrun2024
    Facebook Community – Perseverance Trail Run Community
  • Parking
    600 racers showing up, don’t expect rock-star parking at the last minute! Please make best efforts to bike/walk/carpool to the race if possible. If you must drive, there is some parking at the Cumberland Recreation Institute (“CRI”) and the Cumberland Cultural Centre across the street from CRI.
  • Showers/Washrooms
    Showers ($2) and Washrooms at the CRI from 9:00am – 4:30pm: Cumberland Recreation Institute, Dunsmuir Ave.
  • Minimal Waste – We are CUP-FREE
    Please bring your own cup/travel mug to fill up with your post-race drinks/soup and a spoon to enjoy our famous post-race soup. Races can create a huge amount of garbage so let’s make an effort to decrease waste. Thanks for your support in this!
  • Change of Clothes
    Bring a change of clothes/shoes/layers so you can stick around and enjoy the awards, celebrations and the Party in the Park! Rain gear, umbrellas, gumboats, all of the things!
  • Support our generous sponsors, they help make this race possible!


The safety of our volunteers and participants is of paramount importance to the Perseverance Trail Run team and we are very excited to offer this year’s race in a safe and fun way to everyone!

From the beginning of planning this year’s race, we promised we would follow all current Provincial Health Guidelines and Orders for outdoor gatherings and events, and that’s exactly what we are doing.

We are expecting approximately 500-550 participants in total! Please help do your part to keep one another safe out there!


Please pick-up your race bib the day before the race to avoid the long, crowded lines the morning of the race. As this part takes place indoors, masks are mandatory but vaccination proof is not. Please respect instructions during your pickup (self-health check, sanitize, mask-up, in/out quickly, physical distance).


  • Self-Health Check – Prior to the event, perform a self-health check. If you feel sick or think you might be sick (even if you’re vaccinated) please stay home, rest up and we will see you next year!
  • Vaccination – While the government guidelines do not specify presenting proof of vaccination for outdoor events, we recommend that participants, volunteers and spectators be fully vaccinated in order to mitigate the risks of exposure while gathering in large groups.
  • Masks – Masks are not required but are encouraged in areas surrounding the race if physical distancing isn’t possible. This means that you are encouraged to wear a mask at the start line, food station, registration and whenever social distancing is not possible. There will be a garbage bin at the 1 st marshal stations on each course for disposable masks – give it your best shot, please. Please do not leave/toss them anywhere else on the course/in the forest.
  • Your Comfort – We want everyone to enjoy themselves. If you are uncomfortable knowing that some participants around you may not be vaccinated or may not be wearing a mask in a large gathering, this year may not be the best year for you to participate quite yet. We would love to see you next year 🙂
  • Respect – Be mindful of the times, give space to others and be respectful. Remember that we are all doing our best while following Provincial Health Orders and Guidelines

Race policies

For complete race policies, please visit the registration page on raceroster

Key Race Policies:

  • This is a fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society, we appreciate your contribution 
  • No refunds, credits, or transfers are permitted for any reason
  • Every runner including parents must register and have a bib on race day
  • Connect to our Participant Facebook Group to connect with other runners and volunteers to carpool, share accommodations, get advice, etc.
  • See RaceRoster for complete Race Policies before registering