Saturday Routes

Saturday Route Information for ORCA Runners and Walkers

Subscribed members will receive a weekly email from Heather Beatty about where to meet for the 8 a.m. start, options for distances and scheduled routes, and where to go afterwards to meet for coffee/breakfast. Runs start at 8:00 a.m.

Alternatively, you can check the website here or our Facebook page.

If you are a visitor, please print the waiver and bring it with you to the run a few minutes before 8:00 a.m.

Interested in becoming an ORCA member? You can sign up online or print a membership form and mail it to us or bring it to a Saturday run a few minutes before 8 a.m.

If you are new to the group, let us know who you are so we can help you to find a running buddy or a group that is your pace.

For information contact routes@orcarunning.ca

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Current Weekly Run

Saturday February 22, 2020

4 weeks to the Comox Half Marathon

Start time 8:00am, Serious Coffee

Serious coffee is a great start for all groups, roads, trails, happy running…

Note: the Englishman river estuary section could be muddy skip and look for alternate route, see the map for ideas.

Also you can run the Rathtrevor, Plummer Rd section first if you wish to join the 16.94km group.


22K Route: https://www.runningahead.com/maps/ef030b1635984b05b61b9b2a4d2f0b48?unit=km

Directions: From the Serious Coffee parking lot, take dirt trail to Craig Bay parking lot at end of Franklin’s Gull Rd. Run down dirt trail toward ocean along perimeter of Craig Bay Estates. At bottom of hill, turn Rt to follow the dirt trail parallel to ocean front. Join Bay Dr, turn Rt on Terrien Rd, run up to NW Bay Rd, turn Rt, run back on trail that borders Craig Bay Estates to Franklin’s Gull. Turn Lt to cross Island Hwy on Franklin’s Gull. Follow Franklin’s Gull past Albertson’s Hardware store then turn Lt at Herring Gull Way. Follow Herring Gull to Industrial Way. Turn Lt to run on Industrial up to hwy. Turn Lt to run on shoulder of hwy, cross orange bridge then cross hwy at Martindale Rd. Follow Martindale toward the ocean, curve Lt onto Turner Rd, then turn Rt to run down Shelly to the Englishman Estuary Park. Continue on the dirt road and trail along the perimeter of the park, crossing a foot bridge and emerging onto Mills St. Run up to Pioneer Cres, turn Rt, run on Pioneer to Corfield, continue down Corfield into Parksville Beach Park, enter park, continue on Corfield past the playground and concession stand, then turn Lt to run along the boardwalk to the Beach Club. Turn Lt to run up the short McMillan hill to the hwy. Turn Lt to run along hwy back to Corfield. Turn Rt to cross hwy and run up Corfield to Stanford Ave. Turn Lt to run along Stanford, merging with Shelly near Parksville Chrysler. Cross the hwy at Shelly then turn Rt to run along the hwy back across the orange bridge. Turn Lt to run down the gravel path to Plummer. Turn Lt on Plummer to run along the river, merging with Shorewood Dr. Follow Shorewood to San Malo Cres. Turn Lt to run down San Malo, turn Rt onto Mariner Way, follow Mariner and bear Lt to merge with Shorewood to Rathtrevor Park gates. Turn Lt inside gates to follow beach path around perimeter of park to first parking lot, then follow forest path to cut through to group campground back to Rath Rd. Turn Lt on Rath, run up to Resort Dr, turn Lt to follow Resort Dr to Resort Way, turn Rt onto Resort Way, run up to hwy, and turn Lt to run along hwy back to Serious parking lot.
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16.94km 11km Serious Coffee, Craig Bay Rathtrevor, Plummer Rd

https://www.runningahead.com/maps/a8521d3504934a8aaa308fe0d6e076b0?unit=km&map=roadmap

Start: Serious Coffee parking lot. Take dirt trail to Craig Bay parking lot at end of Franklin’s Gull Rd. Run down dirt trail toward ocean along perimeter of Craig Bay Estates.continue on dirt trail parallel to ocean front. Join Bay Dr, turn Rt on Terrien Rd, run up to NW Bay Rd, turn Rt, run back on trail that borders Craig Bay Estates to Franklin’s Gull. Turn Lt to cross Island Hwy on Franklin’s Gull. Turn Lt at Herring Gull Way in industrial area. Follow Herring Gull to Industrial Way. Turn Lt to run on Industrial up to hwy.Cross Hwy when Safe, Run down Rathtrevor Rd, Turn Right at first Rd, run to the end of last parking lot.stay Rt on path follow it along the beach all the way to the exit at(**) Shorewood Dr, follow Shorewood to Mariner Way continue on Mariner to San Malo, follow San Malo back to Shorewood Dr this turns in Plummer Rd, follow Plummer back to Hwy turn Rt, cross the Orange Bridge, Turn Right on Martindale Rd, follow around to Turner Rd, turn Left on Shelly Rd, left on Pioneer Cr, Left at Hwy back past the Log Cabin Store to Resort Dr, continue on Resort to Sunrise Ridge Resort take the trail on your right to Repo Depo) back Hwy cross Arbutus to the parking lot at Serious Coffee.

Note: to cut this route short to 11km at the Shorewood Drive exit after Beach Trail, ** turn left, follow the main path back into Rathtrevor, follow the Rd up and out of park, turn left on Resort Drive to return to Serious Coffee.


Printable Routes

Pace Chart (adapted from Daniel’s Running Formula)

Saturday February 22, 2020, Serious Coffee, 16.94/22k

Saturday February 15, 2020, Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 21.7 with optional 10/12/18k

Saturday February 8, 2020, Creekmore’s Coffee, 19.62/14.59/10.10km with optional 9km

Saturday February 1, 2020, Serious Coffee, 22/16.94k

2020 Routes, January 4 to Feb 8

2019 routes, January 5 to December 28