The last-minute course change in 2018 at Cedar 12K proved so popular that the Bastion Run Club decided to keep the course for 2019 and get it certified. A traffic accident last year forced the host club to re-route the course on race day.
“It had the Bastion Executive and over 80 volunteers scrambling to design a new course that was fairly flat and fast. The new course seemed to be enjoyed by all and resulted in some outstanding times,” recalled race director, Jim Rutherford.
Sunday’s race is the third in the Vancouver Island Race Series and numbers are up compared to last year with over 400 registered. “The route now follows Quennell Road, with lake views and scenic countryside. Changes to the start/finish line make the course a true out and back eliminating the traditional finish which took runners across a sometimes-sloppy school field,” added Rutherford.
Runners can register online until 6pm, Friday February 8 at www.islandseries.org or on race day. Race registration until February 8 is $30 for adults and $25 for students. Race day registration is open on Sunday until 10:15 am at a cost of $50.
The race starts on Gould Road near Cedar Elementary School, Nanaimo. Start time is 11 am and there is an early start at 10:30 am for walkers and runners who anticipate finishing over one hour and 45 minutes.
And for the first time there will be a kids run for children of registered participants. “The kids run is free of charge and will take place between the end of the Cedar 12K and the start of the Awards Ceremony,” Rutherford said.