Join the Great Trek Relay!

Background Information 

The Great Trek in 1922 signifies to many the moment UBC’s Vancouver campus was born as it showed the provincial government there was support from students and the settler Vancouver community for a university to be built on Point Grey.

Unknown to many is the Arts ’20 Relay. This was a relay race from the site of the original UBC campus, where Vancouver General Hospital stands today to Point Grey. This relay run race was organized by the class of Arts 1920 and challenged the other faculties and graduating years, to compete and see who was the fastest and who could have bragging rights.  

One hundred years after the Great Trek UBC Recreation is now issuing the same challenge, to compete in the Great Trek Relay. Compete with five (5) members of your faculty or residence and compete. More details below. 


Relay Information 

Only room for 12 teams! So, register quickly! 


Date: Saturday October 22nd, 2022 

Cost: Free 

Race Time: 12:15PM 

Meeting Time: 11:30AM 

Meeting Location: On Campus, meet at MacInnes Field 

Event Details: 

  • Free registration 
  • Dress: Athletic wear for running. Please be mindful of the weather 
  • Wear your faculty colours! 
  • Teams are comprised of 5 individuals 
  • Relay course is 5km long. Each individual will run 1km 
  • Teams will be timed 
  • Free post-race food will be provided 
  • Free swag items provided by UBC Intramurals 


Should you have a group of 5 that wish to participate with please RSVP to who will provide registration instructions. 

Please RSVP by October 19th at the latest.

TLDR: 5km, 5-person relay race. Free registration, free food and free swag provided. 


UBC’s Vancouver Campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceeded lands of the Musqueam people. And while we celebrate the activism of students in 1922 and encourage people to participate in the Great Trek Relay today we must remember the lands upon which the University sit are stolen and we remain steadfast in our push toward reconciliation. This land acknowledgement is the first step in the path towards truth and reconciliation.