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The Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club – the largest run club in Canada with 800 members – is entering into “Harriers Cross Country Month”.  This is a stretch of five weeks where they put on four off-road running races at Thetis Lake Regional Park.

The races raise a large amount of money to support Harriers Foundation Projects, Club Social Events and their Athlete Travel Assistance Program as well as the Harriers Youth Team – a high-performance youth team that is coached and organised by two-time Olympian Bruce Deacon.

Proceeds from Gunner Shaw Cross Country Classic and the Thetis Lake Relays contribute to scholarships. Over the past year the club has raised nearly $6,000 start to a new Environmental Studies Scholarship at Camosun College in memory of Sandy Auburn, a long-time member who passed away in 2016.

“We are hoping to contribute another $4,000 from this year’s events to bring the total to $10,000 for the scholarship donation,” shared club communications director Lisa Cantwell.

First off is the Bob Reid Magical Mile on Saturday, Nov. 4, followed by the Thetis Lake Relay on Saturday, the 11th

The Gunner Shaw race takes place on Saturday, Nov 25 and the annual series finishes with the  Stewart Mountain Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The Nov 11th event starts at 1:00 pm, which allows people to observe Remembrance Day ceremonies at 11:00 am.

Membership has its benefits. Free entry is offered to all Prairie Inn Harrier teams of up to four runners in the Thetis Lake Relay – a four-lap race that one to four people can compete in over 5, 10, 15 or 20K.

As the Relays typically sell out in advance, the club is suggesting that runners register online before Nov. 1. Race entry is otherwise $60/ team. Register here>>

The club is also seeking volunteers. Contact Series Director, Bob Reid, at bobreid04@gmail.com.

All volunteers will receive an attractive garment.