Cap Crusher


Cap Crusher

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 12km, 24km, kids' race


Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Distance:  12km | 24km | Kids’ race (~1km)


A celebration of spring – and a St Paddy’s Day party! Costumes are encouraged and prizes are awarded.

A quad-crushing cruise around the upper Capilano Canyon, staring and finishing alongside Cleveland Dam. If you are unfamiliar with this trail system you will most certainly be surprised at the beauty and challenge of the Cap Canyon network. Your legs might not like us but given a clear day your eyes will be continually darting between the terrain underfoot, the river to your side, and the scenery overhead as The Lions tower up above our start/finish line.

Kids Race:
The Kids Race is 1km in length, and most runners are aged between 3 – 10, though we welcome all kids to participate. It’s not timed, is non-competitive and purely for the fun of all involved, but with special kids’ bibs and random draw prizes. Registration is free, and is available online, or on race morning.


Ascent: 450m / 1500ft
Descent: 450m / 1500ft

Course Maps

View an interactive map with elevation profile below.

Note: While the route data through the map below shows distance/elevation to be slightly short, we’re confident you’ll cover the full prescribed distance on the day.

Download a GPX file of the route by clicking here.

Or, you can view an image of the course map below. You can click the image to open a larger file in a new tab, or download onto your mobile device.

Click the map above to open a larger image


Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Distances: 12km / 24km
Location: Cleveland Dam, Capilano Canyon, North Vancouver
Start times: 12km – 8:30am
24km – 9:00am
Kids Race – 8:00am
Finish: Cleveland Dam


Package Pickup:
Friday March 13: 5pm – 8pm @ Kintec (North Van), with 20% off all but electronics and select apparel
Saturday March 14: 7am – 8:45am @ race start


Parking: Available at the race start & across the street, down Prospect Ave.

Aid Stations: 
12km: one water station at km 7.5
24km: two water stations at kms 7.5 and 17, and one aid station at km 12

Bag Check: There will be a tent at the start/finish line to leave a bag, but it is not monitored so please label your bag and do not leave any valuables.

Cupless: In our effort to reduce waste, all our races are now cup-free, meaning you’ll need to pack along your own cup for fluids at aid stations and at the finish line. Here are two suggestions: a collapsible cup (available in our merch store), or a homemade version cutting the top off an empty juicebox.

Poles (hiking / trekking / running poles) are NOT ALLOWED in any distances at Cap Crusher.

10 Essentials: We encourage everyone to always carry the 10 Essentials for backcountry safety in your pack – whether you’re out training or adventuring on your own or with friends, or participating in one of our extensively marked races, you can never predict what might happen. Learn more about the 10 Essentials in this article by North Shore Rescue.

Pre-Run: PNW Trailrunners (Gareth & Jeanelle) are hosting an independent pre-run of the course. Visit the PNW Trailrunners site for more information and registration. $5 donation to North Shore Rescue to take part.


Race results for 2019 and previous years are available below.

2019 Results: 12 km

2019 Results: 24 km

Historic results


2019 race day photos galleries are now posted:

Photos by Chris Thorn

Photos by Scott Robarts

Historic Photos

Get a glimpse of the 2018 race in the photos below:



Distance Dec 1 Dec 27 Race Cap
12 KM $55 $65 200
24 KM $65 $75 200