Sea Cavalcade Mile

15th Annual — 10:55am Saturday, July 29, 2017

News | Registration/Fees | Volunteer Signup | Race Details | Directions/Map | Results & Photos | Contact

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Photo by Justin Samson, Coast Reporter

1 Mile Road Race on parade route—Start 100m east of Park Road, finish just before North Road

NEW COURSE SINCE 2016! Race day sign-up and bib pickup is near the old start line, 9:30–10:20am at PaceSetter Athletic (Hough Rd, beside Holy Crap office). Last minute pickup is at the start line, 100m east of Park Road on Gibsons Way (in front of RE/MAX), 10:30–10:45am.

PaceSetter Athletic Gibsons Tapworks
  • Fast, net downhill course with 1 turn
  • Family-friendly entry fees
  • $100 each for top male & female + $50 time bonus
  • Age group awards and draw prizes
  • Discount at Gibsons Tapworks, valid through Sea Cav weekend
  • Grand Draw Prize: gift certificate for a pair of shoes from PaceSetter Athletic!
  • Just 40 minutes by ferry from West Vancouver


Volunteers needed!

If you can help out for an hour or less, please sign up via our online Volunteer Signup Form. Thank you!

Pre-Registration is OPEN until 7pm Friday

Sign up online and save big over the race day fees! Register now

Grand Draw Prize: free pair of shoes!

PaceSetter Athletic

Thanks to generous sponsorship by PaceSetter Athletic, one of our participants will walk (or run) away with a gift voucher for a pair of running shoes!

Surf & Turf Mile Challenge

Compete in both the Sea Cav Mile AND the Keats to Armours Mile Swim and you'll automatically be entered in the Surf & Turf Mile Challenge! Those with the lowest combined times* will be the winners: 1st Open Male & Female and 1st Youth (17&Under). Each will win a prize!

* Swim time will be multiplied by 1/4 and added to run time


Registration & Fees

How to Register

family running fun
Photo by Maria Nightingale
  • Register Online until 7:00pm on Friday, July 28 — the easiest way to register, instant confirmation!
  • Register In-Person on Friday July 28, 12:00–6:00pm at PaceSetter Athletic, 103 – 622 Hough Road (in the Holy Crap building)
  • Race Day Registration and Bib Pickup is at PaceSetter Athletic (103 – 622 Hough Road, in the Holy Crap building), 9:30-10:20am. Don't leave it until the last minute! Cheque, cash, debit or credit accepted. After 10:20am we'll move to the start line (100m east of Park Rd on Gibsons Way). Last minute registration and bib pickup will be accepted there from 10:30 to 10:45am, cash or cheque only.
  • Pre-race entry form PDF — print and fill out neatly and bring to PaceSetter Athletic if registering on Friday July 28.
  • Race day entry form PDF — print and fill out neatly BEFORE you arrive to register on race day.
  • Registration CLOSES at 10:45am sharp! No exceptions!
  • Confirm your online registration here
  • This is a foot race only. No dogs, other animals or wheeled items allowed in the event, with the exception of running strollers/baby joggers (must start at the back). Do not register babies or children who will be riding in a running stroller. Only those moving on their own two feet will be assigned bib numbers and included in results.
  • 2017 Entry Fees:
    Age 17 & Under: $5 by July 28, 2017; $10 day of race
    Age 18+: $10 by July 28, 2017; $15 day of race
    BC Athletics 'competitive' members deduct $3
    Families: $25 by July 28, 2017 and $30 day of race, for up to 2 parents/legal guardians and up to 5 of their age 17&U children all from the same household/address, entering together


Race Details

Course & Timing

fast course
Photo by Maria Nightingale
  • NEW COURSE SINCE 2016. Start line is now on Gibsons Way 100m east of Park Road, in front of the RE/MAX office. See map with elevation profile.
  • Start time: 10:55am SHARP.
  • Course features: wide closed highway, net downhill, single turn only. Slight incline (8m elevation gain) over the first 400m; the rest is gradual downhill or flat. Last 250m are downhill for a blazing finish! For the last half of the race you'll be on the parade route with hundreds of spectators cheering you on!
  • Sanctioned by BC Road Running, a Division of BC Athletics
  • Accurately measured with a Jones Counter. Every 400m clearly marked.
  • Timed with hand-held professional printer-stopwatch; display clock at finish line. We're doing the results manually by recording your bib # as you cross the line, with digital images backup. Please note:
    • Wear your bib on your CHEST where it is clearly visible.
    • STAY IN THE CHUTE IN ORDER OF FINISH after crossing the line, until your bib # has been recorded by our volunteers. Keep walking through the chute.
    • Do NOT cross the finish line more than once.

Awards & Post-Race

  • Refreshments at the finish line: watermelon, water, and homemade baked goods!
  • Watch the parade, then head down for the awards ceremony at 12:35pm on Gower Point Road, Gibsons Landing, main stage at covered bus stop (Family Day location)
  • Medals to top male and female finishers in each age category (# depending on depth)
  • $100 each and a Gibsons Tapworks t-shirt to first overall male and female finishers
  • TIME BONUS: $50 bonus for first male to break 4:00, first female to break 4:30.
  • Age categories: 9 & U, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • PaceSetter Athletic
  • Draw Prizes — you have to be at the ceremony to win! Grand draw prize: gift voucher for a pair of shoes from PaceSetter Athletic!
  • Every participant 19+ will receive a special discount at Gibsons Tapworks upon presenting their race bib there on on Sea Cav weekend

Sea Cavalcade Parade follows immediately after race, plus a full weekend of fabulous festivities (see Events Schedule).

Any net proceeds will be donated to the Sea Cavalcade to help put on this fabulous weekend festival.


Directions & Map

Map of mile route and directions from ferry
Click map to enlarge

Take the Langdale ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver — see for schedule and fares. Fare is round-trip. Debit card, credit card and BCF Experience Card accepted at self-serve passenger ticket booth; cash, credit card or BCF Experience Card at regular vehicle and passenger booths. ATMs on board ferry.

The ferry ride is very scenic with views of Gambier Island and the coastal mountains. The ship is a large "C class" vessel with a full service cafeteria, gift shop, snack bar and room for about 1500 passengers and crew, and more than 360 vehicles.

Driving directions (see map — click to enlarge). Coming from Langdale/ferry: follow the Sunshine Coast Highway up the big hill, left at the top (becomes Stewart), right onto North Road (main traffic route). At the next light turn right onto Reed Rd, then left on Payne to the light, right onto the highway (at IGA), left onto Hough Rd, left into parking lot at PaceSetter. Public transit also goes from the ferry.

From Sechelt etc.: as you are coming into Gibsons, turn right onto Hough Road (just past Veterans) then left into parking lot at PaceSetter.


Results & Photos


Contact Information

For more information, contact Teresa or Larry Nightingale:
Tel. 604-885-8849 (local) or Toll-free 1-877-493-5163 (9am to 9pm Pacific Time)


In the Media (2008)

One Mile Runner Tours 20 North American Cities to Inspire Older Runners to Run Faster

Sea Cavalcade Mile included as the only Canadian race in tour

Dave O'Meara

July 27: Read David's Sea Cavalcade blog entry: "The Beauty of British Columbia Doesn't Disappoint"

David O'Meara, creator of, is traveling throughout the United States and Canada this summer to accomplish a feat he calls 20/20/20<5@45. That's completing 20 one mile races, in 20 weeks, in 20 different North American cities, in less than 5 minutes each — at 45 years old. With races as far reaching as Florida, British Columbia, New York, Alaska, and Hawaii, O'Meara's mission is to inspire older athletes to run faster.

O'Meara is using Web 2.0 technology while he travels to journal, blog, and podcast about his experiences, insights and newfound friends. He welcomes visitors to pose questions to him or his personal team of experts. Addressing the topics that affect every aspiring athlete over thirty, this team of experts will help older runners understand the importance of proper biomechanics, training, nutrition, and recovery.

O'Meara, an inspirational speaker and coach, was ranked 9th in the US in 2007 for the one mile 40-44 age group with a time of 4:37 (13mph) and a personal best in 2006 at 4:24. O'Meara is sharing his training methods, performance techniques and improvement processes with running clubs and local organizations in each of the cities he visits. His inaugural race was May 10th in Tarpon Springs, FL.

The only Canadian race currently scheduled on his tour is the 6th annual Sea Cavalcade Mile on Saturday, July 26th in Gibsons, BC, hosted by Sunshine Coast Athletics, and part of the 3-day Sea Cavalcade Festival. All local runners, especially 40+ masters members, are invited to join O'Meara as he goes for his 13th sub-5:00 mile in 13 weeks.

For a complete list of O'Meara's open practices, races and speaking engagements, please visit

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