Early Bird Registration for the 2015 Frontrunners Island Race Series is just a week away on December 1. The 34th running of the series will run from January until April 2015 with eight races ranging from 5-kilometres to a half marathon. The early registration fee is $120.00. After that until January 11 late registration will be $150.00. The eight races comprise the Harriers Pioneer 8K on January 11, Cobble Hill 10K on January 25, Cedar 12K on February 8, Hatley Castle 8K on February 22, Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5K on March 8, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 22, Merville 15K on April 12, and Sooke River 10K on April 19.
“The goal for 2015 is to get more participants to the start line for all the distances in each community,” says Cathy Noel, President of the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association (VIRA). “The Island Series is extremely well run and the running and walking community is very welcoming to participants of all abilities. As event participation ranges from 250 – 800, each race the series has a small town feel. This year participants will be able to view photo galleries from each event on the website.”
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.
Continuing will be the 100m 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 100m for both the under-40 and over-40 age categories. The Milers Club rewards runners with an exclusive custom designed shirt as they reach 500km, 1000km and 1500km 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: www.vira.bc.ca. Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on http://pih.bc.ca/results/IslandSeries.php