Great Trek



Welcome to the Great Trek Run, Relay & Walk – Fri Oct 28

Event Description: Celebrate the formation of UBC Point Grey Campus.

Want to increase your daily activity count with a scenic walk during your lunch break? No problem, come do it with a work colleague! Want to race for your Triple Crown? You can do that too! We've changed the format of this popular event so you can enjoy it even more!

This is the best way to mark the 1922 student march that led to the build of our Campus. You can take part in one of three ways: either as an individual on a 8km run; as part of a four person relay; or as a walker of the 3.5 km route, The start is at the Great Trek Cairn (Main Mall at Sauder) and the route is along the scenic part of south Main Mall through the UNA Hawthorn Place.

  • Timing results for all.
  • Gift for all participant.
  • Post-event pancake lunch, smoothies and celebrations.
  • Staff and family friendly; if you're walking, feel free to bring kids along too.


Event Format: Student, Staff and Public, a 3.5m route with loop section.  Walking route is a 1x loop, run is 2x loop. Relay run is 4x of a smaller loop. Individual or CoRec/Male/Female relay team of 4 with 1 import.

Timings: Walkers from 11am to 1pm (complete it at your own pace). Running Race from 12noon. Pancake and gifts on completion, awards at approx 2.50pm

Questions? Any questions about the event should be sent to or call 604 822 6000 (during working hours).

UBC Recreation recognizes that UBC Point Grey is on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation. While the Great Trek represents a historical event for UBC, it also represents the overwriting of history of Aboriginal peoples who lived on this land for millennia. To learn more about the hidden history, visit

Registration Deadline: 5pm Mon Oct 24th 2016

Team Roster Submission Deadline: 5pm Thu Oct 27th 2016

Event: 11am onwards, Fri Oct 28th 2016


  • Walkers from 11am to 1pm(complete it at your own pace).
  • Running Race from 12noon.
  • Pancake, smoothies and gifts on completion.
  • Awards at approx 1:20pm.

Where do I go on the day? Runners and walkers should check in at Registration at the Start area by the Great Trek Cairn on Main Mall by Sauder. The Finish area is located at East Mall and University Blvd by the Alumni Centre for refreshments, awards and a DJ.

Individual Run (8km) and Walk Route (3.5km)

Participants start at the Great Trek Cairn and travel south on Main Mall. Participants cross Agronomy and Thunderbird Blvd, move through Hawthorn Place and turn right at the southern point of Main Mall after crossing Stadium Road.
Participants do a full lap of the pathways around Thunderbird Stadium (Stadium Rd, Marine Drive, 16th Ave, East Mall, Stadium Rd). Participants turn right to cross back over Stadium Road again at Main Mall.
Participants return north along Main Mall to Martha Piper Plaza; this is the loop point for runners to complete a second lap. Walkers will continue to the Finish line.
After completing a second lap participants turn right at Martha Piper Plaza and run down University Blvd.
The Finish line is located at East Mall and University Blvd. SW of the Robert H Lee Alumni Center

Relay Route (2km each, 4x)

Runner 1 starts at the Great Trek Cairn, runs south on Main Mall across Agronomy to Thunderbird Blvd. Runners do not cross the Blvd, this is their southern turn around point.
Runner returns north on Main Mall past the Start line to Wyman Plaza (Echo Circle on Memorial Road). This is their northern turn around point, runners run back to the Great Trek Cairn.
Relay change-over occurs at the Great Trek Cairn. Runners 2 & 3 repeat the route of Runner 1.
Runner 4 follows the route until the northern return along Main Mall where participants turn right at Martha Piper Plaza and run down University Blvd.
The Finish line is located at East Mall and University Blvd. SW of the Robert H Lee Alumni Center.
Runners 1, 2 & 3 walk from the Great Trek Cairn down to the Finish line to meet their final runner.

Expected route for walkers and runners:web-route-map-2016

Timing for this event by our UBC Recreation Intramurals team. Result for all our Great Trek walkers and runners are here Great Trek Results 2016.

Volunteering for this event is easy, add your details here. Have fun making UBC a happy place to be and make the event a day to remember for all the participants. Pancakes and smoothie included after the race.

Please register online or at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until 5pm Mon Oct 24th 2016

Class Day(s) Times Start End Location Register by UBC Student CSC Staff/Faculty Public
Great Trek
- Individual
Fri TBC p.m. Oct 28 Oct 28 UBC Oct 24


70616 N/A 70614 70612
Great Trek
- Relay in a Coed, M or F Team
Fri TBC p.m. Oct 28 Oct 28 UBC Oct 24


70617 N/A 70615 70613

Latest Great Trek News

Great Trek Race Results 2016

A big thank you to all our walkers and racers in making the 2016 a successful event!

Results are posted here: Great Trek Results 2016

Great Trek – extended registration until Wed Oct 26th

We have limited places left folks for this Friday’s fun! So get yourself registered now! We’re extending registration until 5pm on Oct 26th

  • Timing results for all – relay teams and individual runners and walkers
  • Gift for all!
  • Pancake lunch, smoothies and celebrations
  • Prizes – including free TriDu 2017 entry and Fit Mix 2017

All from $12!*

*$12 – 48 depending on individual/team/student/staff/public status

Get FREE entry to Fit Mix and TriDu with Great Trek Prizing!

Have you ever pulled a car? Flipped tires? Or how about tried a triathlon? We have these prizes* and more to give away at Great Trek on Fri Oct 28th 2016!

All you need to do is participate as a walker or runner and bingo! You’re in with a chance of winning the prizes! And here’s a hint… you don’t have to come first place to win something!

What is Fit Mix?

What is TriDu?

*to be eligible to win, you must participate in Great Trek 2016 event. No cash value transferable.  

Great Trek – Registration Extended!

You can still register for this event at the Student Recreation Centre operations desk! Celebrate the formation of UBC’s Point Grey Campus and the 1922 student march! Take part in this 8 km run, relay, or 3.5 km walk on campus.