The final event of the 2018 Vancouver Island Race Series, the Bazan Bay 5K, takes place Sunday, April 8 at 11:00 am in Sidney.
The race typically features some of the top runners in Canada who look for an early-season fast time before a spring marathon or before outdoor track season starts in earnest or triathlon season – as some of Canada top triathletes often race the event.
The Synergy Health Bazan Bay 5K course is one of the fastest 5K routes in Canada if not North America. For runners looking to set a new personal best time, the course is favourable, as it is nearly perfectly flat with only one turn; the soft, 180-degree turnaround at half-way, the finish provides the slightest downhill grade that is nearly indiscernible.
The course records are14:12 by Geoffrey Martinson from the 2014 running and 15:48 in 2012 by Malindi Elmore of Kelowna. Both athletes have run internationally for Canada, Martinson is a former University of Victoria Vike who now lives in Vancouver.
The defending men’s champion is Jospeh Kozelj, a Vike who won in the time of 15:12 in 2017, as a rookie. Another Vike, Alison Hooper, won last year in the time of 17:01.
Approximately 600 runners will take in the annual event, which also includes the series-ending awards.
The series includes races in Courtenay (21.1K), Nanaimo (12K), Colwood (8K), North Saanich (8K), Cobble Hill (10K) and Port Alberni (15K) and runs from January until May.
Details about the Island Race Series can be found here>>