Photo by Louise Hodgson-Jones

The Sooke River 10K – traditionally the last race in the Vancouver Island Race Series – has been moved up to the third race for 2017. The race, now in its 17th year will take place on Sunday, February 5. For 16 years the Sooke-based running club, the Island Road Racers, hosted the event.

“The first Sooke 10km was on May 6, 2001, and the winner that year was Rob Harmsworth. Kathy Rung won the female title,” said Ken Chew, past Race Director.” Prior to Sooke hosting the last race and the awards ceremony it was hosted by Oceanside Run Club in Parksville. “Back then, Rob Harmsworth was VP at VIRA and they wanted to bring the last race and the closing awards back to Victoria,” adds Chew.

This year’s event will be hosted by the Victoria Marathon Society. “We are thrilled to be able to carry on the tradition that the Island Road Racers started in 2001, and host the Sooke 10K,” says Cathy Noel, Race Director. “In working with the RCMP, Edward Milne School, the Lions Club, Girl Guides and local volunteers the participants will be treated well from start to finish.”

The course records for Sooke were set in 2004 by Steve Osaduik (30:19) and Meghan Day (35:23).

There will be a 10:30 am start for walkers and slower runners. The race will start and finish at Edward Milne School, 6218 Sooke Rd.

Runners can register online until 6 pm Friday February 3 at or on race day at Edward Milne School from 9:00 am – 10:15 am. Race registration is $30 for adults and $25 for students until February 3. Race day fees are $40.

Hatley Castle 8K will follow Sooke 10K on February 19, Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5K on March 5, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 19, Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K on April 2, and the Cedar 12K and Series Awards on April 9.

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