Mt. Benson Grind

BENSON GRIND TRAIL RUN 2018

The Mount Benson Grind is a challenging 15km mountain trail run, starting at beautiful Westwood Lake in Nanaimo, at the base of Mount Benson.

INFO FOR EVERYONE:

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, May 26, 2018 starting at Westwood Lake
REGISTRATION & BIB PICKUP:8:00 – 8:45 AM
RACE BRIEFING: 8:45 AM
RACE STARTS:9 AM SHARP
LOCATION: Start & finish at Westwood Lake
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The race begins with an easy 2km section on the lake at 562 ft. elevation. You then proceed into the Park for 4 km elevating to 1,000 ft. before the climb starts to 3,280 ft. elevation over a 2km distance. You will run along the ridge of Mount Benson with amazing views before starting the decent to Westwood Lake for the final leg.

REGISTRATION FEES:

$45 if registered by May 15
$55 if registered between May 15 and race day
$65 on the race day

OUT-OF-TOWN RUNNERS

Group booking being arranged with two hotels. EmailIslandrunningdoc@hotmail.com for more info.

INFO FOR TRAIL RUNNERS:

Our trails are a precious and valuable commodity for Nanaimo.Taking 200 over them has impact. Let’s keep it to a minimum. NO COURSE CUTTING, switchback cutting, corner cutting or braiding of the set and marked route. Follow the main trail as marked.Do not go into the scrub, vegetation for your gain and the course’s loss. If you cut the course, go through vegetation, take a braid, cut a switchback, or go off the marked course for your gain you will be disqualified from this event. Nanaimo Area Land Trust (NALT) holds a Conservation Covenant over Mount Benson Park to ensure a permanent protection of the park. We take this seriously.

SAFETY:

The rule for trail racing is IF you come across someone that is injured or in distress. The first person on the scene stays with the injured person. The second person goes forward or backwards on the course to contact a course marshal and look for help. The next 2-3 people should check and make sure everything is OK and if there is any more help needed before proceeding. There will be three sweepers behind the last runners, a marshal at cut-off before the climb, and a marshal at cut-off on top of the climb. Please contact the closest official.

COURSE PROFILE:

Race starts with an easy 2km at 562 ft. elevation, run for 4 km to 1,000 ft. elevation, then the climb starts to 3,280 ft. elevation over a 2km distance. You will then run to Mount Benson Summit for amazing 360 degree views before descending over a technical logging road and fast single track to finish back at Westwood Lake.

Water refill are available at approximately the 6km mark. All Runners are advised to carry their own water. Fill your water at Westwood Lake BEFORE you start.

There will be water and facilities at the start line at Westwood Lake. There will be hampers available at the start line to leave any clothing etc. that you do not want to race with at the start line. These items will be held at the finish line at Westwood Lake. NO VALUABLES! We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items!

Cut-off at the 7km water station will be 70 minutes (approx.10 mins/km). Runners missing this cut-off will be shuttled to the finish line. This pace coincides with reasonable finishing times for slower runners.

RACE RESULTS:

Race results will be available immediately after the race.

BENEFICIARIES – WHY WE ARE RUNNING

100% of the proceeds raised by the Mt. Benson Grind and the Cookie run is in support of under-privileged children in Nanaimo (through Runners of Compassion) and orphans in Democratic Republic of Congo (through International Widows and Orphans Fund, a registered Canadian charity). This is the first of what is planned to be an annual event.

STILL NEED MORE INFO?

If you still require more information, please feel free to contact us directly.

SPONSORS

This race has been made possible by the generous donations from the following sponsors.

Frontrunners
Pepsi
Coastal Community Credit Union
Coast Environmental
Able Recognition
Libre Naturals
Steve Marshal Ford and Lincoln