Organizers: Magnus Johansson (Course Planner), Andrea Balakova (Course Planner), Chris Benn (Event Director), Caoimhe Murray (Assistant), Victoria Cote (Membership), Dawn Lessowai (Membership), Karen Lachance (Assistant), Sergio Fernández (Assistant)

Map: McCartney Creek

McCartney Creek 10-year Anniversary

This map was first used for a Why Just Run 10 years ago and at that time was GVOC's first LIDAR map. To celebrate this the Elite and Expert courses are exact re-runs from that event. Can you beat Graeme's 1:13.40 on the Elite course? Or Christoph's 57:37 on the Expert course? Or perhaps beat your own time from 10 years ago?

This time you will know the course ahead of time. Will that help?

The courses and results from 10 years ago you will find here.


Typically hilly west coast terrain with a dense trail network. Off trail running is often very slow, but there are pockets of open forests. The new map shows areas of slow running very accurately. Solid green shades indicate areas of slow running that also have poor visibility due to head high vegetation. The darkest solid green is often uncrossable brambles. The green hatching is indicating areas of slow running due to underbrush, but visibility is good.


9:30 am - Registration opens.

9:45 am - Introduction to Orienteering for Beginners

10 am to 11 am - Starts

1 pm - Course Closure, participants must report to the Finish by Course Closure Time.


Four courses will be offered, Beginner (2 km), Intermediate (3 km), Expert and Elite.

Please register by Friday June 23rd, so we can print enough maps.

Safety Precautions:

Courses mostly stay in the forest and trails, but if you do run on residential streets, please watch for cars.

Safety bearing is South.

Parking/Start/Finish Locations:

The finish and registration is in the forest, just east from the corner of Northlands Dr and Larkhall Cr (see map below).

Note: distance to the start is 1 km uphill on trails.

Parking is very restricted in this area so ONLY park on the East side of Northlands Drive, at the baseball fields of Larkhall or at the Ron Andrews Recreation Center (which is connected by a trail to McCartney Creek). We are absolutely FORBIDDEN from parking in any residential streets in the area and will lose our permit if this occurs. So please help us out by parking in the designated areas.

Washrooms by the baseball fields.



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