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 1960s, 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 1980s, 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
69th Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles presented by the GVMC
Mark this date June 11th, 2017 on your calendar for a great off road adventure.
PNWMA Off Road Championship Event
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: 10:30am
Race Starts: 11:00am
Entry Fee: With BCORMA Trail Pass $50.00 Without BCORMA Trail Pass $60.00
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.
69th Annual GVMC Piston Run Chipmunk Creek June 11, 2017
The days leading up to the race were cold and wet which caused concern about the upcoming race conditions. It started to clear up on Saturday, the day before the race, and the weather on race day, Sunday, was ideal cloudy with sunny periods but no rain. The trails were damp, but not muddy, resulting in perfect, dust free, riding conditions and good traction. The race was completed without any major incidents to mar a splendid day.
The 24 kilometer course started at the entrance to the Thurston Forest Service Road with the masters and experts completing three loops while the others did two. The course was planned extremely well and presented a good challenge to all riders without being overwhelming to less experienced riders. Kudos to Chis, Ray, and Dwight for setting up an excellent race course.
One hundred and ten riders entered thirteen different race classes and forty-one trophies were handed out. Blake Watkinson was the overall winner. He took the lead early and held on to it bring home the trophy. Well done Blake first place Masters category.
This event could not have taken place without a lot of time and work put in by the volunteers. Thanks go out to First Aid Attendant Tony, and to Glenn and the Chilliwack Amateur Radio Club who donated their time. Thanks to Jackie, Anne, Judy and Verdean who did the sign-up and assisted the PNWMA timing crew; to Donna, Rob, Ingrid and Julie for running the concession and providing a great breakfast for the volunteers; to Barry, Jim and Guy for doing the tech inspections; to Bill, Barry, Phil and Debbie for being everywhere help was needed and doing whatever was required to make this event such a success; and finally to the course sweepers Brian, Geoff, Chad, Darren, Craig and Andrew.
The 2017 Piston Run was a smashing success cant wait to do it again next year. .