800m50+Victoria – May 13, 2015 – The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series (formerly known as The Q’s Victoria Run Series), kicks off this weekend, Saturday, May 16th at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.

The first race of the evening starts at 6:30 PM with the 5,000m elite division. The race features two Kenyan runners, Leonard Koech and Benard Ngeno and visiting Vancouver area athletes, including one of Canada’s top-performing masters, Kevin O’Connor.

“The race should go as fast as 14:00, depending on the level of other competitors, meanwhile O’Connor may be under 15:00. These are fast times and should be entertaining to watch,” said Race Director Christopher Kelsall.

Other races include Open-category 5,000m and 1500m and 800m for elite as well as non-elite participants. “All abilities and all ages are welcome, we have runners as young as nine and as old as 85. All races are captured on video and viewable on the series website. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics,” shared Kelsall.

The Christie-Phoenix insurance Victoria Run Series offers four track meets during May and June – all at the University of Victoria on Saturdays and the meets all start at 6:30 PM – register online or by 6:00 PM on race day. There are also three cross-country meets during September, which take place at Beaver Lake Park.

The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series is entering its sixth year. The charity of choice is the Mustard Seed Food Bank. Cash, clothing and non-perishable food donations are welcome at each meet.

Season Passes are available for $85, which provides a shirt and unlimited racing. Single registrations in advance are $15, while day of race is $20 cash only.