In 1948, Trev Deeley seized his Harley 45 racing the National at Daytona Beach. The damaged piston and rod were mounted on a shield to form the perpetual Piston Run trophy. There is, on the clubhouse wall, a small Piston Run trophy, engraved 1942. This suggests the event has an even longer history, but in any case, the perpetual trophy dates consecutively from 1949.
The event was originally an enduro, where riders had to average given speeds to arrive at checkpoints by a certain time. There were no dirt bikes before the 1960’s, and riders often took the saddlebags and lights off their daily transportation (few riders were rich enough to afford a car), rode the event, then washed the bike and bolted the lights and bags back on for the ride home. The course was traditionally challenging, with riders on 400 to 600 pound bikes charging into mudholes, logs and streambeds. Many riders of heavier bikes took a passenger along to help push.
By the early 1980’s, timekeeping had fallen out of favour, so the format was changed to a hare scrambles race. It was one of the original five events when the PNWMA started the Off-Road Series in 1984. In 1985, the first of the souvenir beer mugs was given out to finishers. This started a new tradition of collecting beer mugs, which continues today.
Current Information On The Piston Run
68th Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles presented by the GVMC
Mark this date September 17th, 2016 on your calendar for a great off road adventure.
PNWMA Off Road Championship Event Round 3
Fun New Trails and Old Favourites Spectator Friendly
Camping: 25 Unit Campsite near start area (aprox $15.00 fee) - Rapids Campground
A limited number of sites are available for reservation, excluding the Staging Area: however most sites are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will not be taken more than 60 days in advance. This is a CASH ONLY site and has on-site supervision during camping season. All visitors are required to to exit the site by 10:30pm as the gates are locked at 11:00pm and will remain closed until 7:00am
For more information and to make a reservation visit: www.chilliwackvalleycampsites.ca
Food Concession On Site.
Start Area: Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging Area.
Directions: Take the Vedder Road exit (#119) off Hwy 1 at Chilliwack. Drive south thru Sardis and turn left at the steel bridge towards Chilliwack Lake. After 25km, you will pass the Ford Mountain Correction Center. Turn left immediately after crossing the bridge towards Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging Area. Follow the arrows to the staging area, parking, camping and signup about 6km from blacktop.
Signup Opens: 8:00am
Rider's Meeting: 10:00am
Race Starts: 10:30am
Entry Fee: With BCORMA Trail Pass $50.00 Without BCORMA Trail Pass $55.00
PNWMA Licence required which is available at signup for a $30.00 fee which gives you a yearly membership in the PNWMA.
Sound test 96db limit and spark arrestors required.
**To view pictures of this event please check it out in the Past Events section of this website or the Photo Gallery.
Event Comments: 2016 PISTON RUN AND CROSS COUNTRY RACE
This was a two day event with the Piston Run being held on Saturday Sept, 17 and the Cross Country Race on Sunday the 18th. Both races were PNWMA championship events with the Piston Run scheduled as round 3 and the Canadian Cross Country Championship on Sunday as round 4.
Saturday got off to a soggy start and the weather got worse as the day progressed with the rain cycling between moderately heavy and torrential downpour all day long. But the heavy rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the competitors, nor did it bother the event organizers – motorcyclists are a hardy lot.
After the sign-up was completed racing got under way. The racers started on the Bench Road and took off like a pack of hounds chasing a rabbit, each trying to be the first to turn off the road and onto the single track trails that would comprise the majority of the race. A couple of hours later they returned to the staging area, wet, covered in mud, grinning from ear to ear, and enthusiastically discussing the adventures they had on the course. A good time was had by all.
The weather cleared up on Sunday for the Canadian Cross Country Championship, and riding conditions were ideal. The previous day’s rain had soaked the trails so there was no dust and the racers had excellent visibility all day long. The race started on the Bench road but unlike the Piston Run, which had the racers doing two or three laps depending on their class and lap times, Sunday’s race consisted of only one lap with the A riders doing a 60 kilometer loop and the B riders 40 kilometers.
The Piston Run was won by Trystan Hart who also won the Cross Country on Sunday and was crowned the Masters Champion for the season. Congratulations to Trystan; well done!
Thanks go out to all the GVMC volunteers who contributed their time and efforts to make this year’s event a success. Thanks to Ray Keller, Chris Carey, Dwight Harris and all the others who did such a great job of cutting new trails and cleaning up existing ones for the race, and who worked tirelessly throughout the event doing whatever needed to be done. Thanks to Julie, Judy, Verdene and the others who manned the sign-up table. Thanks to Donna and her crew for the pancake breakfasts and the toasted sandwiches they provided throughout the day – mmmm delicious. Thanks to Bill Talley for taking care of the first aid and being everywhere he was needed throughout the day. Thanks to PNWMA personnel who helped with the organization and timing of the events, and thanks to Daytona Motorsports for the commemorative mugs they provided.
The 2016 Piston Run was a complete success; can’t wait to do it all again next year.