December 11, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – After 16 years with Frontrunners Footwear in Victoria, BC, Mark Nelson has parted company with the locally owned specialty running store to operate and run Race Day Timing Services and RaceOnline Registrations.

He has sold his shares in Frontrunners Westshore to business partner Nick Walker, and has bought Walker out of his position in the other two companies. 

Nelson and Walker purchased Race Day Timing and the online registration website RaceOnline Registrations in 2008. In just four years they have built Race Day Timing Services up to be one of the largest timing companies in the country, and expanded the services offered through RaceOnline Registrations, which now includes the TC10K and GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on its list of clients.

Nelson has now decided to focus his attention on Race Day Timing Services and RaceOnline Registrations starting in the New Year. He and Walker will however continue their partnership on events where Nelson will be providing the timing and Walker representing Frontrunners as a sponsor/organizer.  “It’s a strange feeling stepping away from Frontrunners. It’s been a part of my life for so many years that it doesn’t feel real just yet.” says Nelson.  “I’m excited for what lays ahead with the other two companies and I have some exciting new ideas for both of them, and look forward to building services that will make not only the participants, but also the event organizers involvement more enjoyable”

Nelson has worked for Frontrunners owner Rob Reid since1997 as a 13-year-old competitive runner looking for a way to be involved with the shop that was sponsoring him with shoes and gear. He worked at its original location on Yates St. and its current location on Vancouver St. until the summer of 2005 when he and fellow UVic Vikes runner, Nick Walker, partnered with Reid to open a Frontrunners location in Langford. The store has since become a staple in the Westshore, and was the recipient of two national running awards in 2011 from Canadian Running and Get Out There Magazine.

“As a retail owner it is very rewarding in assisting staff become owners and leaders with their own business,” says Rob Reid. “While it is hard to lose Mark, it is good for him to grow with his new venture, and we wish him well in the future.”