Online registration opens for Island Race Series

The 34th running of the series will run from January until April with races from Victoria to Campbell River

Online registration for the 2015 Frontrunners Island Race Series is now live.

The 34th running of the series will run from January until April 2015 with eight races ranging from five-kilometres to a half-marathon. The early registration fee for the series is $120 until Dec. 1. Late registration until Jan. 11th will be $150.

The eight races comprise the Harriers Pioneer 8K on Jan. 11, Cobble Hill 10K on Jan. 25, Cedar 12K on Feb. 8, Hatley Castle 8K on Feb. 22, Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5K on March 9, Comox Valley RV Half-Marathon on March 22, Merville 15K on April 12, and Sooke River 10K on April 19.

“The running community continues to grow on Vancouver Island with a variety of races and runs to suit all abilities whether you are a competitive or non-competitive runner,” said Cathy Noel, president of the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association.

“The Frontrunners Island Race Series provides participants with consistently professionally run events for all levels of runners and walkers.”

New this year is Charity Partner – Victoria Hospitals Foundation. When registering participants will have the opportunity to top up their registration and support the many rehabilitative services at Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital.

“We are excited to welcome Victoria Hospitals Foundation as our Series Charity Partner and encourage all the employees of Island Health to lace up,” added Noel.

Continuing will be the 100-metre sprint and miler club awards, first introduced in 2012. A Green Jersey will be awarded to the fastest male and female sprinter over the last 100 metres for both the under-40 and over-40 age categories. The Milers Club rewards runners with an exclusive custom designed shirt as they reach 500 kilometres, 1000 kilometres and 1500 kilometres milestones during the series.

In 2014 Claire Morgan (Prairie Inn Harriers) won the overall series award with 827 points followed by Derek Vinge (824) and Nicholas Walker (817). Prairie Inn Harriers won the club standings with 3408 points, with Comox Valley Road Runners second (2739) and Bastion Running Club third (2107).

To register online for the series go to: vira.bc.ca. Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on pih.bc.ca/results/IslandSeries.php.

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