GVMC Event Details

Event Name:73rd Annual GVMC Piston Run Hare Scrambles
Location:Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging Area
Contact:Dwight Harris Ray Keller
Contact Phone:604)466-8812 (604)612-1036
Contact Email:dwightpat@shaw.ca; rkeller@wcwtholdings.com
Event Date:Saturday, June 3, 2023
Description:73rd Annual GVMC Piston Run Hare Scrambles
Saturday June 3, 2023 and Sunday June 4th 2023

History of the Piston Run

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.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s the Piston Run was one of the toughest enduros in the Province. The courses were mostly rocky hillsides and undeveloped land that we could access. The riders were supposed to ride two laps, but many would make it through one lap and call it quits. The diehards really had to work to finish the course.

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

73rd Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles presented by the GVMC

Mark these dates Sunday June 3rd & 4th, 2023 on your calendar for a great off road adventure.

BCORCS Off Road Championship Event

Saturday, June 3rd events are for Kids and Beginners

Sunday, June 4th is for Adults.


Pre-Entry on line PNWMA Website until 6:00PM Thursday prior to the race
With Trail Pass $55.00 (Must show current year membership.)
Without Trail Pass $65.00
PNWMA License Required – Individual Year $40.00 – Weekend $20.00 – Includes 1 transponder
- Family - Year $60.00 – Weekend $30.00 – Includes 2 transponders – Extra transponders $5.00
BCORMA Trail Pass (optional) $45.00 - (youth 17 & under Free)

Spark arrestors required -- 96 Decibel Limit -- “Less Sound More Ground”

Concession - Open Both Days (Saturday and Sunday) Cash Only

Sausage and Pancake Breakfast
Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
Beverages, cookies, Muffins

Saturday June 4th 2022

Kid’s Intermediate - Women’s Beginner - Kid’s Junior
Kid’s Beginner – Kid’s Pee W – Sign-Up Fee - $40.00

Sign Up: 8:00 AM Rider’s Meeting: 10:30 AM
Race: 11:00 AM

For All Class, Engine Sizes and Race Length Information
Please check the PNWMA Website www.pnwma.com

Sunday June 5th 2022

“The 72nd Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles”
Sponsored by Daytona Motorsports

The First 99 Sign-ups receive a Souvenir Beer Mug

SIGN UP: 7:30 AM
RACE: 11:00

Directions…..Take Vedder Rd exit (#119) off Hwy 1 at Chilliwack. Drive south through Sardis and turn left at the steel bridge towards Chilliwack Lake. After 25km, turn left on gravel road. Follow arrows to Rapids Staging Area & Campsite, 6km off the blacktop.

For Camping Reservations at Rapids Camp Site - visit www.chilliwackvalleycampsites.ca

For More Information: Dwight 604-466-8812
Ray 604-612-1036

Daytona Motorsports
Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club

Check in the Photo Gallery and Past Events to see the great fun had at this event in the past.