Friday, April 19, 2019
Westwood Lake, Nanaimo BC
Point-to-Point Trail Race and 6km Family Cookie Run/Walk

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


THANK YOU for your overwhelming support!

Fletcher’s Challenge 2014 is shaping up to possibly be the biggest event yet! We have a record number of registrations for both the trail race and the cookie walk! The energy is overwhelming! We have five busses for shuttling trail runners to the TOP SECRET start location!

THE GOLDEN RULE – If you have a great time tomorrow - TELL YOUR FRIENDS for next year! If you find something that can be improved - TELL US! Above all else, HAVE FUN!

We don’t have the exact figures yet, but it is safe to say that we are definitely giving the 2013 numbers a run for their money. The funds raised will be used to assist young people overcome financial barriers so that they can participate in sport activities. THANK YOU.

When and Where: Friday, April 18, 2014 @ Westwood Lake

REGISTRATION & BIB PICKUP: 8:30-9:30AM (Point to Point Trail Race Caps at 250 Racers)

BUSSES LEAVE AT 9:30AM SHARP! for all Trail Racers

TRAIL RACE & COOKIE WALK: Start Time is 10:00AM

·       We expect to have 400-500 people up at Westwood Lake so parking will be a challenge. For Nanaimo locals, please car pool if at all possible! COME EARLY!

  • ·       Course length is 14-15km. Course profile resemble a saw blade rather than an Egyptian Pyramid.
  • ·       Water refill & gels are available at approximately the half way mark
  • ·      All Runners are advised to carry your own water. Fill your water at Westwood Lake BEFORE you get on the bus.
  • ·       There will be NO water and NO washrooms at the start line
  •       Please use the facilities at Westwood Lake before boarding the bus at 9:30 or use the washrooms on the bus
  • ·       The busses will leave at 9:25 and 9:30 DO NOT MISS THEM!
  • ·       There will be hampers available at the start line to leave any clothing etc that you do not want to race with at the start line. These items will be brought back to the finish line at Westwood Lake. NO VALUABLES! We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items!
  • ·       DO NOT leave anything on the bus!
  • ·       Cutoff at the 8k-water station will be 70 minutes (approx 9 mins/km). Runners missing this cutoff will be shuttled to the finish line. This pace coincides with finishing times for some of the slower runners over the last couple of years.

Thank you again and see you on Easter Friday.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Fletcher's Challenge 2014 - Back By Popular Demand

Welcome to Fletcher's Challenge 2014

It is hard to believe that this will be the 7th Annual Fletcher's Challenge. We are excited to announce that the Trail Race will once again be point to point. The race continues to grow by leaps and bounds with over 190 trail runners and 400 participants in the Family run/walk around beautiful Westwood Lake!!! Let's see if we can top last year's numbers yet again. 

Please join us in making the Fletcher's Challenge event for 2014 the biggest and most fun ever. There is fun to be had for people of all ages.  

Trail Race - We have an excellent trail run for those who enjoy a real challenge. This will be a point to point race which will be between 13km & 16km, and will feature some of Nanaimo's best trails. This will be a timed event, and guaranteed fun. The distance will be confirmed closer to the race. As this point to point trail race has become so popular, we are going to cap the race at 250 racers so make sure you register early as you don't want to miss a seat on the bus and miss the race. 

6km Family Cookie Run/Walk - Gather up the kids, and come on out for the ever popular cookie walk! This event is a blast for those of all ages. Entrants enjoy a single lap around Westwood Lake, and are treated to cookie stations along the way for some extra motivation. The main goal is to have fun, but this event will have a clock for those who want to see how fast they can lap the lake. 

Easter Egg Hunt - If the thrill of running around the lake and eating cookies is not enough to motivate your kids to participate, then how about the lure of the post-run easter egg hunt!?

There will be some excellent door prizes available from our sponsors, as well as awards for the top finishers in their age groups. 

This running event memorializes Mr. Gavin Fletcher who died at too young an age. He was a well known sports columnist, a member of ROC, a husband and father. 

His family values were paramount but his love of good fun competition in sports was unequalled. 

It is with this intent that we fashion The Fletcher's Challenge, held each year on Good Friday open to both runners and walkers. 

It is about participation, having fun and enjoying some physical activity with your family. 

A big draw is the cookie run for kids around Westwood Lake. However; cookies are not the exclusive domain of the kids, as all runners and walkers are treated to some pretty good home-baked treats after their run/walk