Flash - Oh Canada

11 Apr 2009 07:30
Trans Canada Trail

Celebrate the Easter (or, if you prefer, ancient Rite of Spring) long weekend and the 29th anniversary of the start of Terry Fox's run (actually the next day) by running as far as you can go east on the Trans-Canada Trail, starting at the Vancouver-Burnaby border.

START: north end of Boundary Road (north of Edinburgh Street); just to the east of Ironworkers/Second Narrows Bridge: http://www.trailsbc.ca/southwest_region/burnaby.asp

TIME: wholly flexible, but some of us will be starting at 7:30am

PACE: up to you

DISTANCE: entirely up to you. Some target distances:

  • 12.2K Port Moody

  • 21.7K Coquitlam

  • 38.1K Pitt Meadows

  • 47.6K Maple Ridge

  • 62.1K Albion Ferry 

BONUSES: keep your eyes peeled for Easter eggs

MAPS & RESOURCES: website above gives a section-by-section breakdown

RESULTS: email me your times, distances, and destinations, and I will post 'em.

ENTRY: There is no fee and you don't need to be a member of Club Fat Ass to participate in a Flash event, however whining is not allowed. No registration is required but please indicate your participation via the comment form below. You are responsible for your own well being and safety and should be self sufficient.

Please read the Release of All Claims. By participating in this event you agree to the terms of the Release of All Claims.



David Crerar's picture

An underwhelming turnout, but

An underwhelming turnout, but with the weather and the long weekend, and a virus wiping out a few confirmed runners, a good day nonetheless.

A pleasing long (generally flat) slog, recommended for those who need to log in the mileage.

Generally well marked from Burnaby, with ample stickers and sign-posts, except for Maple Ridge, which is a disaster: bring a printout or book.

For ornithologists, you will see ospreys, bald eagles, hawks, herons, and even two emus.

And there were easter eggs (at SFU ascent), but perhaps the raccoons got 'em first (burp).

David Crerar circa 64K 7:15 Vancouver/Burnaby to Fort Langley

Claujdia Bullington 22.4K (14 miles) 2:30 Vancouver/Burnaby to Coquitlam (?)

Sibylle's picture

How did it go?

Did you find any eggs?

We tentatively had planned to come out with the whole family and bike for a while...but Friday turned into a later night than anticipated, little Jackson came down with a nasty cough and we ended up sleeping in...  Too bad, we were all curious about that part of the TCT. 

David, if you like to write a report of the day, you can do it as a blog post, which I can "attach" to this page (it'll still show as a normal blog post).

cbullington's picture

No Eggs :(

Hi Sibylle,

We missed the fat ass regular crowd, but I can understand being Easter weekend, lots of people  are out of town. However, I had a great run despite the rain. The TCT offers variety, with some awesome views and some challending hills. not like BP though, but good enough. I did 14 miles in total... I wanted to do more, but I was getting really cold and wet. This could be an interesting run during late spring or summer months. Perhaps a good break from the single track trails.  I hope the kids are felling better now. Hope to see you soon. I'm in for the Diez Vistas this Saturday... I really hope the weather is not like this weekend's. Cheers, Claujdia

neil ambrose's picture

Journey to Maple Ridge

Wow...great to hear you are running East to Maple Ridge! We plan to run at Buntzen tomorrow but will look for you along the route home! Hope you find lots of eggs-the ones wrapped in foil!


cbullington's picture

I'm in and will be looking for those easter eggs!

To avoid any confusions, please kep the eggs in the foil wrap? :) See you then!

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