Martti Tienharra – Has run all five years Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series will continue with its fall campaign on Saturday, September 19th with the first of three cross country meets at Beaver Lake Park.

The following two meets happen in successive weeks on Saturday, September 26th as well as Saturday, October 3rd. The first two meets will offer a 6K race that will be run over an accurate 2K looped course three times.

The third meet will offer a 4K (two laps), then an 8K (four laps) race. All meets start at 1:00 PM.

The Victoria Run Series is in its sixth year. The series typically begins in mid-May with track races for all abilities which take place at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.

For the 2015 season there were four track meets with distances ranging from 100-metres to 5,000-metres.

Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The series offers the only opportunity on the lower island for runners of all abilities and ages to participate in track races. It is also the only opportunity to participate in traditional cross-country style racing. There are plenty of adventure and trail races that take place on Vancouver Island, but traditional cross – except for high school and university level sport – does not exist. The meets are sanctioned by BC Athletics, the provincial governing body. All races are timed and results are online the same evening.

The three Beaver Lake events start and finish beside the area commonly known as the “dog walk park” adjacent to the Elk Lake Drive. The course starts out flat, then heads gently downhill and then returns to being flat until a left turn at approximately 1500-meters turns the route upwards and routes runners back towards the start.

The season ends with a party at the Sticky Wicket Pub’s Maple Room. Season Pass holders get in for $5 while everyone else pays $10. Annual awards are handed out, there are draw prizes and there is a silent auction. The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series charity of choice is KidSport Greater Victoria.

KidSport helps children who cannot afford registration fees, so they can play community sports.

The series is always looking for volunteers for the races as well as the silent auction. Contact email address is: info@victoriarunseries.com.

Single race entry is $15 online or $20 on race day. Register for all three for $45.