Photo by Brian Domney

Hatley 8K is the next race in the Vancouver Island Race Series, taking place on Sunday, February 24. With Cedar 12K postponed due to the weather on February 10, registered runners have had to wait four weeks for the next race. But Hatley won’t disappoint.

The road/trail combination at Royal Roads University is a popular one with Island runners, although challenging with a big hill early on in race, and then continuing to be undulating when runners hit the trail portion at 4km.

“It is such a treat to expose the runners to the historic grounds of Royal Roads with a picturesque route along the water, and through a first growth forest,” says race director, Nick Walker.

Hosted by Frontrunners Athletic Club, post-race treats include a bbq – yes in February! “Runners will be treated to a complimentary post run bbq hosted by the Langford Volunteer Firefighters, raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy, as well as freshly baked treats from the Royal Bay Bakery,” added Walker.

Runners can register online until 6 pm Friday, February 22 at Registration and number pick up is also available on Saturday, February 23 at Frontrunners Westshore, #123, 755 Goldstream Avenue, Langford from 12 noon – 4 pm, or on race day, from 9 am – 10:15 am. Race registration until February 22 is $30 for adults and $25 for students, and on race weekend the fees are $50.

Hatley 8K will be followed by the re-scheduled Cedar 12K on March 3, Port Alberni Paper Chase 15K on March 10, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 24, TriStars 10K on April 7 and the Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5K and Series Awards on April 14.