• The Run

    This 8km course travels along roads and trails in old growth forest surrounded by stunning ocean views. Return to the renowned Tigh-Na-Mara Resort for a reception with delicious appetizers and special gifts. This vibrant celebration will set the stage to congratulate the winners and award all those that brave the elements. Enhance your experience with spa services, tapas and an overnight stay.

Join us on this amazing run and Live It Up! Due to Covid, registration will open July 1stRegister here

Race Fee

Earlybird Registration: to Aug 31st | $99
Registration: September 1st to November 5th | $119
Day of Registration: $129

Included in Race fee
  • 8km West Coast trail and road route
  • A quality running toque (cannot be guaranteed after October 1st, 2020)
  • Post-race cocktail (one cocktail per person). Cash bar will be available
  • Post-race party including a delectable spread of appetizers and comfort food
  • One of the best swag bags out there!
  • $10 Gift Certificate towards a spa treatment or spa retail *see terms below
  • Complimentary access to the Grotto Spa Mineral Pool on race day for the first 50 runners to register (please see below)
  • Prizes for racers in each age category
  • Preferred room rates available at Tigh na Mara
  • Giveaways galore including a Gabriola vacation package, clothing, spa products and so much more


* One $10 Gift Certificate per treatment accepted. This certificate can be used towards a spa treatment or in the Grotto Spa retail store towards merchandise valued at $50 or more before tax. Spa Treatments are available on a first come first serve basis and must be booked in advance. If you book Spa treatments prior to November 8th, you must bring your Gift Certificate with you at time of treatment. This will require you to collect your Race Kit prior to your spa visit. Please identify your participation in Live it Up 8km at time of booking. Gift Certificate will expire on November 8th, 2021 Please click here to book your Spa Treatment
** Grotto Spa Mineral Pool Use is available for the first 50 racers to register. It is guaranteed for use on Sunday November 8th for a visit between 8am and 9pm. You will receive an email confirmation from the Grotto Spa. Please do not contact the spa directly.

Course Features

The Live it Up 8km race is a loop that winds through incredibly scenic Rathtrevor Park. Walkers are welcome as long as completion time is less than 1.5 hours. Baby joggers are not permitted in the race for insurance and safety reasons.

The course includes
  • All kilometres marked along the route.
  • Pit toilets along route.
  • Medical services on the route and at the finish line.

The 8km race starts at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort. The start and finish line will be located in front of the Conference Building on the resort. The racers will exit right onto Resort Way. At Rath Road the runners will turn right and enter into Rathtrevor Park. We will be on the main road until the entry gate to parking lots 2 to 5. We will turn right at this gate and run along the access road until we hit the end of parking lot 5. At that point we will enter into the trail system winding through the park and campground to return to the main road. The race will go back the way it came along Rath Road and Resort Way, finishing back at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort.

Aid Stations
  • There will be one water station and First Aid station along the course at approximately the 4km mark.

Course Map

Schedule & Package Pick Up

Schedule of Events Nov 8th

9:00am to 10:30am
Race Bib and Toque Pickup

Race Warm-up at Starting Line

11:00 am
Race Start

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Awards Ceremony

Package Pick up

Pick up your bib number, toque and race kit at the following locations and times:

Saturday, November 7th
@ the Running Room Nanaimo

Sunday, November 8th
9:00am to 10:30am
@ Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

Our Cause

Everybody Deserves a Smile (EDAS) is an organization devoted to inspiring, transforming, and connecting citizens worldwide, one local community at a time, through powerful leadership, kindness, generosity, and love.

Get Involved

Our Sponsors


Get involved with some aspect of this exciting event and bring your enthusiasm and energy along. Numerous positions are available both on and off the course. Being a volunteer is a great way to lend support to the community and our cause as well as help fellow walkers and runners get the most out of this event. Register online now to become a volunteer.