Bear Mountain 10K and Half Marathon

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Location Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia


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Start Date/Time November 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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Address Victoria
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Race Day Timing
October 9th, 2014 3:20 pm

Fantastic venue, challenging/scenic course with great on-course cheer stations, music, and aid stations.

July 24th, 2014 9:25 pm

The Bear Mountain run is the toughest 1/2m and 10km run in Canada. I have run the 10k, and will consider doing it again this year (2014)if injuries heal in time to get the hill training done. I have also volunteered at this event serval times and it is a very friendly and well organized with tons of support on the course. Good food at the Westin Hotel, access to swimming pool, hot tub apres run, live entertainment post event also.

July 24th, 2014 8:07 am

Ran this race with my 10 year old son and loved it!

Except for the part where he beat me.

July 23rd, 2014 11:58 pm

I have run the 10k event 3 times, and have volunteered the years I couldn't not, or did not want to run. It is held at one of the most beautiful locations in Victoria, and even though it is the most challenging 10k I have ever run, it is worth the cute medal when you cross the finish line! I look forward to getting my final medal in 2014 to complete the set!

Dave harvey
July 23rd, 2014 10:57 pm

Excellent race. Fun after party. Great scenary. Hope you are good on hills

Running strong
July 23rd, 2014 9:55 pm

I've ran the 10k every year! The run is very challenging and beautiful. Some years YES the Bear 10k has kicked my BUTT! And each year I say I'm ready to sign up for the next! At the finish line it's nice to receive a collector's medal. Last years shirt is my Favorite and back in the hotel was great! Thanks to the organizers you have done a wonderful job to make this race a go!

July 23rd, 2014 8:14 pm

This is a hard race, great challenge. Well organized and the food after was great. Hot soup was so nice after a cold November race. The medals are fun and different .

July 23rd, 2014 8:41 pm

I loved the race in 2012. It was a fun atmosphere despite the challenges presented by the course and the weather. I hope to do the race again this year.

July 23rd, 2014 8:22 pm

I have run this race 3 times, including the year it snowed in Victoria and have always enjoyed the race. It is a little known gem with beautiful scenery, better than norm apres run snacks, well organized, friendly volunteers and 3 challenging hills. A nice neighborhood race with plenty of elbow room to run. Definitely recommend the 10K!

July 23rd, 2014 8:37 pm

I've run this race every year. In fact, when I got back into running after a long hiatus, it was my first 10K... Every year Nick, Mark and ALL the volunteers have put on a great race. The weather hasn't always co-operated, but that's what helps make it "Canada's Hardest 10K". Having access to the fitness center and hot tub,a great social and live band afterwards is fantastic... And, to top it all off, I PB'd for this course this year.

January 21st, 2014 4:36 pm

This is a gorgeous little-known race that is well run and will test your abilities.

Registration was painless and fairly priced (essentially bought a tech shirt that came with a free race!), and I even managed to find a new pair of shoes at the clearance sale being done concurrently with the package pick-up. Options for massages and hot tub use were also nice.

A no-frills start line that could have used a louder megaphone for the pre-race instruction but a very minor point.

The course is truly beautiful. Stunningly so. It is also a big challenge! You may have to wait for a passing opportunity on the narrow sections of cart path (or when people are two abreast) so if you're quick you'll want to start up front. But with the small size of the event crowding is not much of an issue after the 1.5km mark (the first big climb helps thin the crowd as well).

Gorgeously manicured mountainside and million-dollar homes are your view for the next 10 or 21.1km!

The professional photographers on the course are also nice, WAY better than having MarathonFoto spam your email for years.

Definitely recommend this race. Did the 10k in 2013, planning for the Half in 2014.

November 18th, 2013 6:15 pm

This is the 2nd year I've run the Half Marathon. Organisation was much better than last year. T-shirts were better quality, style and colours, there was more food and even coffee. Last year I was almost hypothermic having to go outside for food and beer. Moving out of the pub and into the hotel was much less crowded and more organised and so much warmer too. It also meant that there was room in the pub for us to go and have lunch afterwards. Run itself is pretty and very challenging.

November 16th, 2013 11:09 pm

Hi Everyone! I flew from from Toronto to run this race. I am really glad I did. People in Victoria are so friendly. Kufos to the race director and all the volunteers. These runners are one tough group to please. The race course itself was a challenge. Hills indeed! The speed traps provided other people to win awards. Great vegetarian chili! Free vider too! Great sponsors! Why did you cut up all the bananas? Runners love bananas. I won a door prize. Nice touch with collector's medals. I will have to come back at least 2 more times. Cool shirts. Swag bag was lacking but awesome live music at the end! Register early cause it doubles in price. This race had a lot of things other races don't have. The locals need to fly to my city to see how good they got it.

Bear Mountain Resort 10k - Race Director
November 19th, 2012 9:51 pm

Hi Bill,

I just replied to another poster on here in regards to the age category awards but I'll re-iterate here as well. We never intended on doing age category awards this year. We felt that by offering everyone 3 different finisher medals to choose from that people would enjoy just seeing their results posted and then enjoying the 2 live bands and the social aspect of the after-party. The weather threw a curveball at as and ruined this aspect of the event but this was out of our control.

Also, you must be running past the 2nd water station on the course each year. It's our biggest one on the course!

As for your friend that paid $100 to register and got nothing. We did that on purpose as well. We don't want people registering on race morning. Registration opens July 1st so there is no reason to wait until race morning. We tried to deter people from waiting by charging ridiculous rates for race morning.

Bear Mountain Resort 10k - Race Director
November 19th, 2012 9:27 pm

Hi Pissed Off Old Geezerr,

I wanted to address your concerns here as I think they are caused out of confusion rather than an 'organized cluster&%*$'.
For your $54 you got more than an cotton t-shirt and a medal. You actually got the following:

-Private golf course closure so event can take place
-Water stations
-2 DJ's on Course
-2 Live Bands including professional sound tech
-Free Beer
-Chip Timing including a live athlete tracker and facebook/twitter updates of results
-Professional Race Announcer
-2 Professional photographers
-2 Professional videographers
-Over 40 race volunteers
-Race shirt (cotton/polyester mix)
-Finishers Medal

As for your other comments, we never advertised that we would be offering coffee at the finish. We did have confirmation from a tea company that they would be at the event providing hot drinks and then they didn't show up on race morning.

We have also advertised since July that there weren't age group awards at the event. We gave everyone the choice of 3 different custom finishers medals and made the decision to put the money that has gone to age category awards towards the on course DJ's and adding 2 more photographers on course.

I appreciate any constructive feedback but just wanted to address these points here as they actually took place as planned on race day.


A Pissed Off Old Geezerr
November 18th, 2012 3:21 pm

I must say i was disappointed with the 2012 edition. I sure didn't get a big bang for my buck...a cotton tshirt and a medal for $54...yea right. I'm not complaining about the weather...It's a Victoria weather crap shoot. All in all we all managed to survive the wind and rain. It was the organized cluster$%#@. that I was pissed off at. No body seemed to know what was happening. You couldn't get a cup of coffee unless you coughed up. Everyone waited for age group awards which there wasn't any. I looked for the draw prize list which was supposed to be posted but couldn't find that either. After the handing out of the money for the winners and sprint winners, they mentioned there would be a draw in 30 min for draw prizes. Most of us hung around but alas that didn't happen either. We all had to go a Facebook page. Unless someone cleans up their act, this it for me. I and many other runners have the experience of knowing how well this 10K was organized in the past and it has come down from a 5 banana to a banana peel. Maybe we expect too much. Enough ranting for one race...I'm outa here.

Bill Chalk
November 17th, 2012 10:09 pm

I have run the 10K race every year since it started, and the half-marathon for the past two years, but I've never been in a race so badly organized this year. Like last year there was no water on the course between km 3 and km 15 despite them showing additional water stations on the course map. After the race there was no water in the post-race venue unless you were willing to stand in the beer line at the bar and ask the bartender for water. There was no coffee. The food was terrible, cheap and outside in the cold wind. But the icing on the cake was waiting for the medal ceremony only to be told that they weren't going to be giving out age group medals this year. One of my friends paid $100 for her entry and she got nothing in return. This race is spiralling down into the junk heap of races. I will not be running it again.

Sharman Ellis-Toddington
December 3rd, 2011 3:33 am

Thanks for finally making a Bear Mountain Half Marathon!! It was an incredible race with beautiful scenery! It tested your endurance, cardio and mental strength for finishing such a gruelling run! I look forward to running it again next year and will for sure be recommending the half marathon to others! Thank you!

Mark Nelson (Race Director)
November 27th, 2011 8:06 pm

Thanks to everyone who came out and run in the Bear Mountain Resort 10k & Half-Marathon yesterday. 500 runners took on the challenge of Canada's Hardest 10k under perfect skies this year. Really enjoyed hosting the event, looking forward to next year!

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