Final event in Victoria Track Series Set for Saturday

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Victoria, BC – The final event of The Q’s Victoria Track Series takes place this Saturday, September 1st at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium starting at 6:30 PM. The evening includes an open-mixed 5000m race for all abilities, 10,000m race for those who can beat the 45-minute barrier and the Popeye’s Supplements 10,000m BC Championships.

The Popeye’s Supplements 10,000m BC Championships will feature some of British Columbia’s top male and female open and masters runners including Fort Langley’s Steve Osaduik who owns a personal best time of 29:12 and is a three-time winner of the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon. He owned the Goodlife Marathon record for several years, which he set at 2:16:49.

Also in the field is Vancouver’s Jerry Ziak, Matt Clout, John Machuga, Kevin Friesen, Tom Michie and Yuichi Takahashi. In the masters division we have Jim Finlayson who has competed at a high level for over twenty years including twice racing at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and is a winner of the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Finlayson is now a master (40-plus) and looks to take down the Canadian Master’s 10,000m record of 30:07. His competitionon include Vancouver’s Kevin O’Conner, long-time competitive athlete and former University of Victoria Vikes Craig Odermatt and two-time Olympian Bruce Deacon.

The women’s race looks to be exciting as well. The men and women will be competing in the same race. Vancouver Sun Run winner Natasha (Wodak) Fraser will lead the field and she will be competing with top Canadian masters 19-time Canadian champion Lucy Smith. Smith is a multi-time winner of the TC10k. Also, toeing the line will be top master Marilyn Arsenault. She owned the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon record of 1:15. Arsenault looks to run her first marathon at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in September.

The Q’s Victoria Track Series is a multi-event series of track meets that take place between May and September each year at the University of Victoria and Oak Bay High School. The series features races from 400m (one lap) to 10,000m and all distances in between. The series is open to all levels of runners form beginners to champions. All proceeds go to the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

The following night is the annual Silent Auction and Awards Night that take place at the Sticky Wicket’s Maple Room. The Sticky Wicket is a gold sponsor of the series and has been supporting the series for all three years. Visit the website for all the details: www.victoriatractrackseries.ca.

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