The No. 7 Challenge pits runners against a massive steam engine in an epic 10KM race (or 500m kids run, 1/2 marathon or full marathon) for glory. Join a legion of other runners each attempting to take on the No. 7, a completely restored 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive, as it travels through the city and surrounding forest.


Held annually, this race begins at the historic Port Alberni Harbour and finishes at another treasure of Alberni Valley heritage,  Mclean's Mill. Register today to see if you have what it takes to beat the train in the 5th annual No. 7 Challenge included as part of the Tri-Conic Challenge in 2017. 


Run the Train from Harbour Quay to McLean Mill - Canada's only Steam Powered Mill - a National Historic Site. 500 m (at the Mill for kids), 10 k (the race the train), 21. 1 k - 1/2 marathon, 42.2 k full marathon.

Bike the Boat from Harbour Quay Port Alberni to Bamfield along the famed and very challenging Bamfield Road. You'll be racing the MV Frances Barkley on its 5.5 hour journey. 3 k (local ride), 16 k - to China Creek Campground, 90 k to Bamfield , 180 k return. 

Swim the Plane on Beautiful Sproat Lake home of the Mighty Martin Mars Water Bomber. 100 m, 500 m, 2000 m, 4000 m.


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RACE Information

Canada Day Weekend June 30 - July 3, 2017. 

June 30 - Registration Pick Up

July 1 - Run the Train to McLean Mill ( No. 7 1929 Baldwin Steam Train

July 2 - Bike the Boat to Bamfield (M.V.  Frances Barkley) 

July 3 - Swim the Plane on Sproat Lake (home of Martin Mars Water Bomber)



Photo by Dan Fredlund


In order to ensure that arrangements can be made for all participants, including race bibs, and complimentary return train passes from the finish line at McLean's Mill to the starting line at the Harbour Quay, we require advanced registration. 

Registration can be purchased through here
along with train passes for spectating family and friends. Registrations for our participants includes a train pass for the return trip. The McLean Mill site also has ample parking for those who wish to bring a vehicle to the site in advance of the run. 



The Course

Meet the No. 7





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