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Cross Country Running

The philosophy of Brentwood’s Cross Country Running (XC) Program is inclusivity. As with all of our athletics programs, there is a huge emphasis on nurturing excellent wellness habits for life.

Each week, XC takes a destination run to a beautiful part of Vancouver Island. Local trails include Goldstream Park, Mount Tzouhalem, Thetis Lake, Elk Lake, and Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. The group will also cross-train to expand skills and fitness through activities such as spinning, aqua aerobics, and boxing.

A student looking out over the Sannach Inlet after a run throughGowland Tod Provincial Park
A racer on the cross country course
A race team after completing a half marathon event

While this sport is mainly non-competitive, there are opportunities for serious runners that include both road and trail races. In the fall term, Brentwood competes in the Cowichan Valley Running Series, then the regional meet to qualify for the provincial championships. Brentwood sent both boys’ and girls’ teams to the provincial meet in 2022, with several runners posting impressive results.

Runners from the program have gone on to compete at the post-secondary level and NCAA Division 1 level.