Q's Victoria Run Series back on track

The Q’s Victoria Run Series returns for its fourth season beginning Saturday (May 11) at Oak Bay High’s Jack Wallace Memorial track.

The competitive race series has been revamped with four track events, with two road races and two cross country races added later in the summer.

Saturday’s 5,000-metre race will feature several top age-group athletes from Greater Victoria, including former University of Victoria Vikes athletes Cliff Childs and Geoff Martinson, who are seeking the World University Championships (FISU) qualifying time of 14 minutes.

There will be at least eight events for the 2013 series, said organizer Chris Kelsall.

“I am working on two more potential events, one on the road in mid-September as well as another track meet in late August,” said series director Christopher Kelsall.

The schedule starts with four track events, May 11 at Oak Bay High, May 25 and June 1 at UVic’s Centennial Stadium, and June 15 at Oak Bay High. Each has three distances, the 800-metre, 1,500m and 5,000m or 3,000m, with the classic mile race added on June 15.

New are a 5km road race from the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence on July 6, and a pair of 6km cross country races at Beaver Lake, Aug. 31 and Sept. 6.

Proceeds from the series support the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

Results and registration are online at

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