BC Cross Country Championships this weekend

October 20, 2015 0

Courtesy of BC Athletics

Location, Parking & Shuttle

The Championships will take place in Beban Park in Nanaimo. The park is located just north of downtown Nanaimo, close to the old and new Island Highways. Google Map

Shuttle between BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal and Beban Park

A shuttle, for a nominal fee, will be available to walk-ons arriving at Departure Bay Ferry Terminal on the 8:30am and 10:30am ferries from Horseshoe Bay (10:15am and 12:15pm arrivals). Please indicate when registering for the Championships if you plan to take the shuttle.

The shuttle will return to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal for the 3:00pm and 5:00pm sailings.

No shuttle will be available from the Duke Point Ferry Terminal. Note the last departure from Duke to Tsawwassen is at 3:15pm.

Travel Advisory: Although the schedule of events allows for same day travel to and from the Mainland, windstorms and other weather conditions, and mechanical problems can cause ferry cancellations. Consider travelling Friday to avoid ferry delays.

BC Ferries Schedule

Directions to Beban Park from BC Ferries Departure Bay Terminal (4km / 5 minutes):

  • Exiting the ferry terminal, take the 1st right onto Brechin Road
  • After 1km, turn slightly right onto Hwy 19A North / Island Highway
  • After 0.6km, turn left onto Northfield Road
  • After 1.5km, turn right onto Bowen Road
  • Beban Park Recreation Centre is on the right

Directions to Beban Park from Victoria (111km / 90 minutes):

  • Go north on Hwy 1 towards Nanaimo
  • South of Nanaimo, merge onto Hwy 19 North / Nanaimo Parkway
  • After 11.4km, take Exit 21 right onto Northfield Road
  • After 0.9km, turn left onto Bowen Road
  • Beban Park Recreation Centre is on the right

Directions to Beban Park from BC Ferries Duke Point Terminal (23km / 17 minutes):

  • Exiting the ferry terminal, take Hwy 19 / Duke Point Highway
  • After 7.5km, merge onto Hwy 1 North, towards Nanaimo
  • After 1.9km, merge onto Hwy 19 North / Nanaimo Parkway
  • After 11.4km, take Exit 21 right onto Northfield Road
  • After 0.9km, turn left onto Bowen Road
  • Beban Park Recreation Centre is on the right

Directions to Beban Park from North Vancouver Island

  • Go south on Hwy 19 towards Nanaimo
  • Take Exit 21 left onto Northfield Road
  • After 0.9km, turn left onto Bowen Road
  • Beban Park Recreation Centre is on the right

 

The 2015 BC Cross Country Championships take place in Nanaimo on Saturday, October 24, with senior fields worthy of a National Championship. Races are scheduled for all ages, from 9 to 99, with BC team places on the line in the Youth, Junior, Senior and Masters events. The Canadian Championships will take place in Kingston, ON on November 28.

Both Luc Bruchet and Chris Winter, the 2013 and 2014 Canadian Champions respectively, will start in the senior mens race. And they will be made to work by full squads from Trinity Western, UVic and UBC.

The senior womens race is equally compelling, featuring Canadian international represenatives from Alberta (Maria Bernard), Yukon (Lindsay Carson), and Ontario (Hilary Stellingwerff), as well as home grown talent (Rachel Cliff) and Scotland’s Sarah Inglis.

Down the age groups, last years inaugural Canadian Youth Cross Country Champion, Christina Sevsek will be one to watch, as well as Junior internationals Mirelle Martens and Regan Yee.

Entries are still open at http://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event.php?id=2442

Complete event information at http://www.bcathletics.org/Content/bc-x-country-champs/42/

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