Registration for the Pan Am Cross Country Community Race is now live. Open to individuals and clubs, the mass participation race will be part of the Pan Am event schedule on February 29 and will take place at the Bear Mountain Resort in Langford.

With seven weeks to go until the Pan Am Cross Country Championships, participants will have a chance to run the 5K course which comprises of three loops (2k, 1k, 2k) and have all the features of a cross country course including hills, mud and a sand pit! There will be age divisions in 5-year categories, chip timing, a participant toque and a festive atmosphere. Clubs and teams also have the chance to compete and win the VIRA Cross Country Cup, presented by the Vancouver Island Runners Association.

“This is the first time the Pan Am Cross Country Cup has been hosted in Canada,” says Bruce Deacon, the event General Manager. “This is a chance for local runners to race over the same course as the elite international athletes and to experience the excitement of racing cross country.”

The 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup will bring teams from many of the 44 countries in North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean to test themselves over the challenging Bear Mountain course. This will be the most prestigious international cross country running event that BC has ever hosted.

The Community Race start time is 9 am. Entry fee is $32 until February 16; $42 until February 28. To register go to:

For more information on the Pan Am XC Cup go to: