Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall Marcia Stromsmoe

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The 2016 Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series is set to begin their racing season on Saturday, May 14th at the University of Victoria. The schedule also includes May 28 and June 11 dates, which start at 6:00 PM sharp and take place on Saturdays.

“This is the only opportunity for people of all ages and abilities on the lower island to run track. The series offers racing opportunities for beginners and elites athletes alike, on the same night, but in separate races,” said organiser, Christopher Kelsall. “It’s great fun to cheer on Olympic hopefuls and runners in the 70-79 age-group on the same night; where else will you find that?”

Although the distances contested will include traditional events, such as 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 5,000m, there are opportunities to race over a single kilometre 1000m as well as 2000m.

In September there are three more events, a one-lap race around Elk and Beaver Lakes (10K), a traditional cross-country race at Beaver Lake with three laps of an approximate two-kilometre loop as well as a handicapped race up Mount Doug’s road, which is new for 2016. The end-of-summer schedule starts on Saturday, September 3rd.

Everyone will have an opportunity to accumulate points during the series to win shoes from Frontrunners and a weekend getaway to the BlackRock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet.

Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

“Runners can enter for as low as $6.50/ race with a Season Pass, which includes the year-end party and silent auction and a series shirt or $10 for a single race. These are the best registration rates anywhere. However, some races will be capped and rates will go up in April, as everyone must participate five times to qualify for the Frontrunners points race, runners should register early,” said Kelsall.

KidSport Greater Victoria will be the Victoria Run Series charity of choice for 2016. “We are proud to associate ourselves with KidSport this year. The charity shares like-mined values, and we fully support their goal of introducing as many kids to sport as possible,” adds Kelsall.

The 2016 season will be the seventh year of the series.