Jim Howe Memorial Cross-Country Races

A lot of people love autumn for the beautiful colours and the cooler temperatures, but for runners, there’s another reason to love the season: cross-country running.

Named in honour of Dr. Jim Howe, a long-time runner and respected member of the community, the Jim Howe Memorial features classic fall 5.5K and 11K cross-country races through the woods at the Hornet’s Nest and nearby NCC trails.

Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. As a cross-country race, the condition of the course varies with the weather. Time is less of a concern than in a road race. Rather than setting a PB, it’s about getting around the course and enjoying a great effort in what is hopefully beautiful fall weather. You need to try it at least once.

 2015 Results

Date and Start Time

Sunday, October 16, 2016 Races Start: 10:00 a.m.


Gloucester Hornet’s Nest Soccer Fields 1660 Bearbrook Road Blackburn Hamlet

Course Information

This is a cross-country course, otherwise known as an original mud run, so bringing a change of clothes is recommended. This course is not wheelchair accessible.

Entry fees

  Member Non-member
5.5K & 11K (Before Oct. 16) $12 $22
5.5K & 11K (Race Day) $20 $30
Youth (under 18) $10 $10

Race Kit Pick-up

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Gloucester Hornet’s Nest
8:45 am - 9:45 am


Age Category Awards for 5.5K: 14 and under / 15-19 / 20-29 /30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70+

Age Category Awards for 11K: 19 and under / 20-29 / 30-39 /40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / and 70+


For more information or to volunteer, please email [email protected].

Medical Services

All medical services for this event are provided by St. John Ambulance.