Pioneer 8K. Photo courtesy Prairie Inn Harriers.
Pioneer 8K. Photo courtesy Prairie Inn Harriers.

The 2017 Vancouver Island Race Series is just around the corner and so is the deadline to register at the early bird rate. Thursday, December 1 is the deadline to register for just $150. For eight races that is a steal of a deal! “The early bird fee makes the series very affordable with each race being under $20 each,” said Jonathan Foweraker, President of the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association. The popular series is now in its 36th year and with a fresh new brand they are hoping to attract runners that haven’t participated before.

The series kicks off with the Harriers Pioneer 8K on January 8, continuing every two weeks until April with distances ranging from 5 kilometres to a half marathon. There is also a new race next year – the Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K.

After Pioneer 8K there is Cobble Hill 10K on January 22, Sooke River 10K on February 5, Hatley Castle 8K 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.

“The community aspect of each race with local clubs hosting and putting on fabulous post-race food, gives the series a homely, family feel, and makes the participants feel very special, ” adds Foweraker.

Returning for a third year as Charity Partner is Victoria Hospitals Foundation. When registering participants will have the opportunity to top up their registration and support the many rehabilitative services at Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital.

In 2016 Adam O’Meara won the overall series award with Jen Millar second, and top female, and Craig Odermatt third, and top Master. The club standings were won by the Comox Valley Road Runners, beating out the Prairie Inn Harriers who have dominated the series for over a decade. Third was Ceevacs Road Runners.

To register online for the series go to: www.islandseries.org

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