Deadline Approaching for TC10K Early Bird Registration

TimesColonist 10K

December 20, 2012, Victoria, BC – Early bird registration fees for the TC10K apply until January 31, 2013 for individuals, corporate teams and for the Island Farms school teams, so take advantage of this great deal. Why not give the gift of running and make this a Christmas gift for a friend or family member?

This terrific event of weekend activities offers a great running/walking experience! But just as the excitement rises as we get close to the start line – so do the fees. So register today!

Individual Resistration is at:

Official Training Clinics

The TC10K Official Training Clinics start the third week of January at a Recreation Centre near you! Thirteen rec centres have signed up for the clinics, so check out the nearest clinic to you. The clinics are $120 (+HST) and run for 14-weeks. It’s a great way to train, share goals and enjoy some camaraderie. The fee includes your TC10K registration, a great clinic technical shirt, the event shirt and a training program. Register at your local rec centre today.

Team Up for the TC10K

Our team registration is very popular – In 2012 over 400 teams registered – that is over 6,000 participants alone running for their company, club or with family and friends. If you haven’t run with a team before, check out the team categories and see where you fit in. Create a team of 10 or more and register your team by March 23, 2013 and we will customize your Corporate Team Shirts. Have fun – create a quirky team name, wear a silly costume and set yourself some crazy challenges, and your team could win the coveted Team Spirit Award.

It’s simple and easy to register and no headache for the Team Captain. Team Captain’s register the team on-line, and when this is processed each team member can then register themselves. Team up for the TC10K today!

Team Registration is at

How to Train Over the Holidays

Maintaining a training schedule over the holidays can be challenging. Weather, parties and travelling can all wreak havoc into our normal routine. There is nothing worse than finding on January 1 that those extra pounds have crept in and we have a lethargic attitude to exercise. Keeping a routine needn’t be daunting or hard – try and follow some of these tips.

If you don’t already, write yourself a schedule to keep you going until the TC10K Clinics start in mid-January. Run walk at least three times a week, minimum 30 min.

If you are at home during the holidays arrange to meet friends for a run or walk, and then go for coffee afterwards.

Mix it up – go to the gym and do some strength training and core exercises. If the weather is really bad this is a great way to do some building before the running season kicks in. Using exercise machines is also a great way to cross train and helps prevent injuries.

If you miss a run or workout because of family commitments, don’t worry. Try and do more the next time you go out.

If you really do have a hard time maintaining any type of schedule, don’t beat yourself up about it. Most of us have a good fitness base and a week or two off won’t do any harm. It may actually be beneficial – an enforced rest from tired muscles might be all we need to rejuvenate us and prepare for another year.

Winter Gifting for Runners

There are a lot of demographics to consider when shopping this time of year (dads, monks, billionaires) and of course runners. Even seasoned runners have a secret wish list of things they would like and is different from their favourite equipment. If you’ve heard even idle comments about cold hands, wet feet, dark streets or, “I wish I knew how far I was going,” there are plenty of options for the runners on your list:

No one in the history of feet has ever complained about cozy running socks, and Smartwool PhDhas solved that problem for many people. Prices vary from $18 to $25. Smartwool provides people with the industry leading Merino wool.

GPS can be a runner or walkers best friend. Garmin recently released the Forerunner 10. For $130 the user can track distance, pace, calories and personal records.

Music is huge these days for runners and walkers. However, Apple thinks the human ear is round. Yurbuds has released a series of head phones that actually fit and stay in the ear. Price options vary from $30 to $50.

Seeing where one is going is easy to take for granted in July, but that Christmas Eve run is going to be pretty dark. A running headlamp from Black Diamond will help you see and be seen. We carry two options: $30 for 35 lumens, $50 for 90 lumens.

For every wish your runner has, we’ve got a dozen options for each. Happy Holidays!

Peninsula Runners 

The Times Colonist Christmas Fund began in 1956 as the Daily Colonist 500 Fund, named for the number of families it was designed to help. The mandate was to collect donations from readers and distribute them to needy Greater Victoria families.

Today, more than 2,500 individuals and families are helped through food vouchers and certificates to purchase gifts for children.

Thanks to the generosity of Times Colonist readers, we are able to give more than $250,000 a year to help those less fortunate.


Please call 250-995-4438, or mail/drop off in person at 2621 Douglas St., Victoria.

Or go to the Times Colonist and look for the TC Christmas Fund logo!

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.