Organizers: Brian Ellis (Course Planner), Marg Ellis (Controller), Chris Benn (Event Director), Victoria Cote (Assistant), Dawn Lessowai (Membership), Robyn Rennie (Membership), Bruce Rennie (Assistant), Scott Muma (Assistant), Ingrid Weisenbach (Permit), Nathan Detroit Barrett (Assistant), Safder Raza (Assistant), Vili Virkki (Assistant)

Map: Watershed Park

The next Why Just Run event will be at Watershed Park on Sunday, November 20th.

The Watershed Park map has been updated in 2022 by Brian Ellis, Marg Ellis and Daniel Widmann. For those who have been in this forest park before and experienced its remarkably complex (and confusing) trail network, you will find much more accurate trail mapping on the revised map. The contours have also been updated, and numerous prominent (>2m high and accessible) rootstocks have been added.

Watershed Park has highly variable vegetation density, ranging from clean forest floor to impenetrable brush often hiding deadfall. Route choice decisions involving traversing between trails can therefore be tricky, and the WJR courses have been planned to emphasize trail-based route choice decisions.

The original vegetation mapping has been replaced with computed vegetation density (generated from the LiDAR data) but this cannot be relied upon for predicting “runnability”.

Here is a snapshot of the differences between the old map and the updated version.

The map is still 1:7500 scale with 5m contours. Below is the root stock symbol used on the 2022 map:


Easier -2.0 kms - this is suitable for beginners and families with young children.Controls are on trails.

Harder – 3.9 kms – expect more complex route choices, including potential direct options on some legs.

Harder and Longer- 5.4 kms – similar to but longer than the Harder course.You may get dizzy!


Please sign up by midnight Friday 18th November so we know how many maps to print.

You can see who has signed up here

9.30 am – Registration opens

10 am – First Start

11.15 am Last Start

12.30 pm Courses Close. (You must report back to the start/finish, even if you haven’t finished the course. Otherwise, we will send out a search party for you!).


Please park on Pinewood Drive near Pinewood Elementary School. See location map. The start, finish and registration will be held at the Scout camp, located about 600m to the west of the school, in Watershed Park. Follow pin flags to the start.

The registration area will be under cover (but not inside) so come prepared for typical November weather.


Without volunteers, these events cannot take place.A big thanks to all those helping put this event on.If you would like to volunteer/help at an upcoming WET/WJR, or would like to organize a WET, please let us know.



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