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Running in Powell River? Try these 6 routes

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015

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I love to run. And when I do, I like to mix it up a little–sometimes on the road, other times in the trails. In Powell River, there are a few specific routes that I like to do.

1. The Sea Walk

I do this one often. It doesn’t matter where you start from, as long as you do the whole sea walk. It’s one of the most scenic runs on this list. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something between 5-10km.

2. The track at Timberlane Park

Timberlane Park Track

Timberlane Park Track. Photo by Terry Power.

If you’re into doing intervals–and why not? You should be! If you’re training for a particular event–the new track is the place to do it. And I’ll give you one reason: the view! If you’re going to make yourself suffer for 30 minutes or more, why not do it somewhere this beautiful?

3. Cranberry Lake & the Willingdon Beach Trail

This is one of my favourites. It’s around 10km, and covers several different areas of town (Westview, Cranberry, the Townsite), and the home stretch is the most picturesque spot on Willingdon Beach. When I do this one, I am usually running with my Mom, and when we walk back up Alberni St, we often grab a coffee at River City before heading home. That’s my kind of recovery routine.

4. The trails located in between Nootka and Toba St.

I would never suggest doing this alone. We all know there are bears, cougars, and more up there. Find someone who knows the trails well. There’s plenty to explore, but there’s definitely safety in numbers.

5. Inland Lake

Inland Lake, Powell River

Inland Lake. Photo by Paul Hamilton.

14km of straight up trail. It’s so nice and peaceful. Great for a sunny day, or even a rainy day–it doesn’t matter.

Bonus: the entire route is wheelchair accessible. You’ll see plenty of cyclists and strollers out there, too.

6. To Lund!

This one isn’t for the faint of heart. But if you’re training for a marathon, and need to put some kilometres under your belt–grab a crew and run to Lund together. Just find someone to be your “support vehicle” and give you a lift back. It’s at least 25km from Willingdon Beach, so you can add on more or less kilometres as you please.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Do you have any favourite running routes that you’d like to share with us?

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