The Brickyard Beast is a 10k Walk/Run. This event is an out-and-back loop over paved roadway that passes through lush forest teeming with wildlife. The course also includes the gruelling hill known as “the Beast”, and those tough enough to finish will qualify for bragging rights as a Beast Slayer.
Runners and spectators alike will enjoy the lighter features of this event, from the infamous Kid-Zone, guaranteed to cool down runners, to post-run festivities including music, prizes and awards.
Timing chips will ensure quick and accurate results and the award ceremony, starting at 12 noon will include pre-drawn prizes for those wanting to get away early.
Gabriola Island is a small island in the Strait or Georgia, about 20 minutes by ferry from Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island. While it boasts a thriving community of 4,000 with a full range of services from shopping centres to gas stations, art galleries, pubs and restaurants, there are no large towns and residents are known for their small town, laid-back friendliness.
Deer and eagles are abundant in the rainforest while unique sandstone rock formations and marine life such as otters, seals, orcas and humpback whales are often seen from the many public beaches and parks.
A full range of accommodations, including motels, B&Bs and camping are available but in high demand during the summer months making early reservations a must. More accommodation options are available in Nanaimo with a quick commute possible the morning of the event.
More information about Gabriola island, including directions and ferry schedules is available on the Route and Info page.
Brickyard Beast 18% grade hill road race
The Brickyard Beast starting line
Going up the Brickyard Beast!
A sip of waterat the Brickyard Beast
Finish line of the Brickyard Beast
Brickyard Beast – We slayed the beast!