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

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The Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club, the biggest run club in British Columbia and potentially all of Canada, with nearly 1000 members, is hosting Canada’s first road race of 2016 and perhaps the first road race in North America with the long-running Pioneer 8K, this Sunday at the Saanich Fairgrounds.

The race, which will be attended by approximately 1000 people, is for all abilities from beginners to Olympians, walkers, joggers and competitive age-group runners of all ages.

“The race is great because you can compete in your five-year age-category, for those of us who aren’t able to race with the leaders,” said masters runner Sheldon Croden of North Saanich. “I like it because the course is pretty fast; you can get off to a fast start because it is flat and a little downhill for like the first kilometer.”

The race does offer a fast course, with one hill of note and plenty of flat, rolling and some greatly appreciated downhill sections. “I think the first two and a half kilometres are flat, that’s a pretty long way, then after the hill there is another long downhill again,” added Croden.

The race offers many draw prizes from sponsors and supporters, post-race food, medals to top-three in the five-year age-groups and then ribbons to 10th position. Runners can earn points for clubs as well as performance points where they can track their improvements over the Vancouver Island Race Series, which ends in Sooke in late April.

“The race is great for the community, I just love it. Everyone should do it.”

The Race will have photographers throughout the course and will be have post-race video action from several camera angles, available online.

Gun time is 11:00 AM sharp. There is plenty of parking, post-race food, prizes and booths set up by race sponsors.

To find out about the elite portion of the race, click here.

To register or find out more about the race, click here.

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