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Photo credit: Jonathan Foweraker

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The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series sixth annual season-ending silent auction and awards event took place Sunday night at the Strathcona Hotel’s Maple Room.

Proceeds from the silent auction go to benefit KidSport Greater Victoria. Over the six years the series has raised over $15,000 dollars for charity. KidSport Greater Victoria is the charity-of-choice for the 2015 Victoria Run Series.

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“MJ” from KidSport Photo credit: Jonathan Foweraker

Awards were provided in 10-year age-categories for the first three positions to runners who competed throughout the series. There is also the Frontrunners  Series Points race, which was won by Jim Fliczuk, who competes in the 50-59 age-group.

Two MVP-style awards, the Marcia Stromsmoe and the Maurice Tarrant Performance Awards were given to Christine Thate and Jim Fliczuk, respectively. They were voted by their peers, officials and volunteers for the annual awards, which include a two-night stay at the Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet, BC as well as a free Season Pass to the Victoria Run Series for the following year.

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Frontrunners shoe winners Photo credit: Jonathan Foweraker

The Victoria Run Series includes six to eight track and cross country meets starting typically in mid-May and finishing up in late September. The Victoria Run Series offers the only opportunity for participants of all abilities and all ages to race on the track. For the 2014 and 2015 seasons the series offered the only opportunity on Vancouver Island for runners of all abilities (outside of school meets) to race traditional cross-country.

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Legendary Maurice Tarrant with VSN Co-founder Louise Hodgson-Jones Photo credit: Jonathan Foweraker

KidSport Greater Victoria provides funding of registration fees for kids by request, who face economic barriers and are unable to afford to play any official sport.

KidSport Greater Victoria will take donations throughout the year, visit their website, here.

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