Two races added to September running calendar

Two running events have been added to the September race calendar, both a chance for runners to prepare for the Victoria Marathon

Two running events have been added to the September race calendar, both selling themselves as a chance for runners to test their mettle ahead of the Victoria Marathon on Oct. 13.

On Sept. 8 the Zoot 10-kilometre road course, which has sprung up in place of the the former McNeill Bay Half Marathon, will debut in Oak Bay. It starts in Oak Bay Village and heads past Estevan Village through the Uplands with a turnaround at Cattle Point. Minor hills and a 500-metre incline will challenge the runners.

All participants get a Zoot technical shirt.

On Sept. 15 The Q’s Victoria Run Series will debut its newest event, the series’ season-ending Synergy Shuffle.

While the series is built around short and middle distance track running, the Shuffle is open to the long distance runners of the community and offers two rarely used distances, 20 and 30 km, as well as a 10-km route.

The Shuffle is based in Central Saanich and starts and finishes at Island View Road and Lochside Trail, beside Michell’s Farm Market. All three races use the same 10-km loop, which runs south on Lochside Trail and includes Hunt and Martindale roads, with small rolling hills and long, flat stretches.

Register online for the Zoot 10K at Islandrunner.ca and for the Synergy Shuffle at Victoriarunseries.com.

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