Harriers Pioneer 8K – Sunday January 8

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Louise Hodgson-Jones

Victoria, BC – The first race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – the Harriers Pioneer 8K – takes place on Sunday, January 8 at 11 am.

The race starts and finishes at Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s X Road, Saanichton, BC. The 8K is hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers and is the first race of the Timex BC Road Running Series.

Runners can register online until midnight, Wednesday January 4 at www.vira.bc.ca or on race day. Race registration until January 4 is $25 for adults and $20 for students. Race day fees are $35 and $30 for students.

The race series is now in its 31st year. “For so many of the runners they look forward to the Sunday races as the same familiar faces out there race after race,” says Cathy Noel, President of the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association, the non-profit organization that coordinates the series. “We encourage all ages and abilities to participate and awards are given out in over 30 age categories, 10 deep. The Prairie Inn Harriers does a superb job of the post-race food, which is an incentive for the runners and walkers to compete.”

New this year are two incentives for runners – the Frontrunners Milers Club that will reward runners with an exclusive custom designed shirt as they reach mileage milestones attained during the Race Series. The program will take into account the last five years of the Series, and reward runners as they reach the 500km, 1000km and 1500km milestones. Mileage will be tracked on www.racedaytiming.ca starting in the early spring of 2012.

The Frontrunners Green Jersey which 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 Green Jersey winner from each race will be brought up on stage with the overall winner of each race and recognized. The Frontrunners Yellow Jersey will be awarded to the overall male and female winner of each event in recognition of them attaining a victory in these highly competitive events.

Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. The Harriers Pioneer 8K will be followed by Cobble Hill 10K on January 22; Cedar 12K on February 5; Hatley Castle 8K on February 19, Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K on March 4, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 18, Merville 15K on April 1, and Sooke River 10K on April 15. Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon are also part of the Timex BC Series. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics. Registration is now online at www.vira.ba.ca Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on www.pih.bc.ca.

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