Great Trek

A Jaunt Through Musqueam Territory

The Great Trek presented by BlueShore Financial has been a staple race in the Vancouver running community for years – formerly known as the Fall Classic. In partnership with the University of British Columbia, the Great Trek pays homage the Great Trek of 1922, where students marched to their current campus for  the Great Trek Student Relay created by UBC Recreation Intramurals in partnership with RUNVAN®. This relay is open to UBC students only and is comprised of a team of five people each running approximately 5KM in a relay style race against various faculties, residences, and clubs across campus. Come out with four friends or classmates and run for fun or run to win! Don’t miss the start of a new UBC tradition and a great event to remember while at UBC. The Relay is scheduled to start at 1pm.

Next in-person event: Saturday, October 28, 2023

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Relay Course

On Musqueam territory, the Great Trek presented by BlueShore Financial features gorgeous running routes under colourful fall foliage, and a tour through the beautiful university campus. This is your chance to clock your personal best for the year on a double loop route that runs around UBC campus down Old Marine and SW Marine Drive.




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This Month


In-Person Package Pickup

Great Trek

Race Week


Forerunners Main St
3889 Main St, Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6:30pm, race week only. Note: Times are subject to change.

OCTOBER 28, 2023

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Relay : 1pm Noon


Please respect the safety protocols administered by staff and volunteers. Thank you.


Registration Includes:

  • New RUNVAN Toque
  • Race Bib with Timing Chip
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Measured and mark courses
  • Race Medal included
  • Bonus Medal if you complete the Hat-trick
  • Post-race celebrations with lively entertainment
  • $25 off at Forerunners (minimum $75 spend)
  • Opportunity to donate and fundraise for charity
  • Race Results, leaderboards and more!

    Race Details


    : Saturday, October 28, 2023.

    Start & Finish

    : UBC, Student Union Building, 6133 University Blvd

    *The Great Trek Relay is open to current UBC students only. All participants must enter a valid UBC student number during registration and present their UBC Student ID at Package Pickup.

    About The Relay

    Registering Your Team

    1. The Team Captain is responsible for registering the entire team. The information for each Relay member requested at time of registration is below:
      • Name, gender, birthdate, age and email address
      • Street address, city, province, country
    2. Each Relay team member will wear their ‘Leg’ bib – A, B, C or D – on the front of their shirt and a timing bib during their Relay Leg attached to the provided race belt.
    3. Your ‘baton’ bib will be a timing chip worn on the belt around your waist that will be passed between team members at the end of each Leg. Each runner will run a 2.5KM loop and pass the ‘baton’ to the next runner in the designated exchange zone.
    4. If you are unable to complete your Relay Leg due to injury or other reasons, please inform a race official. We will find your team members and notify them to continue racing, but without a timing belt.
    5. If your timing belt is lost or a member is unable to complete their leg, your team will not receive an official time, but your team can still complete the race.
    6. Individual Relay members may pick up the race package for the team. Please bring your picture ID, student number and Relay bib number to Package Pickup. Bib numbers will be assigned closer to race weekend. Please collect your race kits during the hours of Package Pickup.

    Team captains will register all members and pay for the entire team. If you are the Team captain and want to collect payment from teammates, please coordinate that exchange on your own behalf. Once registration is successful, an email will be sent to each Relay member and the subsequent e-waiver must be signed.

    Start & Finish Line

    The Start and Finish Line is located near the UBC Student Union Building at 6133 University Blvd.

    Things to remember:

      • Please arrive at least one hour before the race starts if you want to use the free gear check
      • Washrooms are available near the Start Line. There are no washrooms available on course
      • Beverage, food, and entertainment is provided at the Finish Line

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