Race Day Information

OCTOBER 24, 2021

11.5k and 3k courses

Race Info

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 2004, with the goal of raising funds for the Cumberland Community Forest Society to purchase and protect the Cumberland Forest.

We are still in awe of the amazing community support that we received last year and cannot thank you enough for your part in another successful Perseverance event. This past year, your support of the Perseverance Trail Run, in conjunction with Perseverance Week events, raised $77,750. Thanks to the generous matching donation of the Li-Grimmer family, the total amount raised for the CCFS in 2019 was $155,500! Over the past 6 years alone, the Perseverance Race and Perseverance Week events have raised over $699,500! Thanks to you and our great community, the CCFS were able to secure their next important purchase of forestlands, alongside the Perseverance Creek and now they can look even further into the future. That sure feels good!

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: 11.5km 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 11k course: Children under 14 years of age MUST be accompanied by a registered adult racer at all times on the 11k Long Course. No exceptions. 45minute cut-off on the 11k course is approximately 4kms from the start at CP M3.

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Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 23rd
2:00pm – 6:00pm
Racer Check-In/Bib Pick Up

Location: Lupine Art Studio
442-A Duncan Ave, Courtenay (Corner of Duncan/4th)

Avoid the line-ups on race day and pop into Lupine Art studio to grab your gear! We’ll have a slide show on the big screen of past photos and giveaways!

Sunday, October 24th

Racer Check-In/Bib Pick Up
Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park

If you have not picked up your bib by 10:15 you will not be allowed to race. No exceptions. Come early to avoid long line-ups!

10:30am (ish)
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!!

10:45am (ish)
Pre-Race Announcements

Location: Race Central, No 6 Mine Park

11:00am (ish)
Race Start

Location: ‘Yellow Gate’

We will be walking down together after announcements to the trailhead for our remote start by the ‘yellow gate’ on the corner of Sutton and Comox Lake Roads.

3k race starts

11k race starts

There is a staggered start with the 3kers heading off the line first, followed about 1 minute afterwards by the 11k racers. Seed yourselves based on your ability to run straight uphill off the line. 

More stuff!

  • Be Social!
    Follow @perseverancetrailrun on Instagram and Facebook
    Use #perseverancetrailrun to share your photos, videos and play-by-play of your run social!
  • Parking
    500 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 and the Cumberland Cultural Centre.
  • Showers/Washrooms
    Showers (small fee) and Washrooms: Cumberland Recreation Institute, Dunsmuir Ave.
  • Minimal Waste
    We are going cup-free again this year other than for our hot soup! Please bring your own cup/travel mug to fill up with your post-race drinks 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!
  • 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!
  • Bring Cash
    There will be post-race burgers for sale, raffle tickets, donation opportunities, extra swag and more! There is a bank machine downtown Cumberland if you forget 😉
  • Support our generous sponsors, they help make this race possible!

Race policies

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

Key Race Policies:

  • Remember, this is a fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society
  • No refunds, credits of deferrals for any reason
  • Transfers can be completed through RaceRoster up to 3 days before the race
  • No waitlists are maintained
  • Connect to our Participant Facebook Group to find people wanting to transfer, carpool, share accommodations, etc.
  • See RaceRoster for complete Race Policies…