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November 26, 2013, Victoria (ISN) –  Early Bird Registration for the 2014 Frontrunners Island Race Series is just under a week away on December 1. The 33rd running of the series will run from January until April 2014 with eight races ranging from 5-kilometres to a half marathon. The early registration fee is $120.00. After that until January 12 late registration will be $150.00.

Individuals can also register for the individual races. The eight races comprise the Harriers Pioneer 8K on January 12, Cobble Hill 10K on January 26, Cedar 12K on February 9, Hatley Castle 8k on February 23, Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5K on March 9, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 23, Merville 15K on April 6, and Sooke River 10K on April 13.

“2014 is going a big year for running with the Times Colonist 10k celebrating its’ 25th Anniversary and the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon’s 35 years,” says Cathy Noel, President of the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association (VIRA). “The Island Series offers participants of all ages and speeds to start the year off right and we all want more shoes at the start line, both large and small.”

The 100m sprint and miler club awards were first introduced in 2012. A Green Jersey 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 Milers Club rewards runners with an exclusive custom designed shirt as they reach 500km, 1000km and 1500km milestones during the series.

“The running community on Vancouver Island is so supportive of a first timer and the long-time participant. Runners are happy people so we hope that we will see many ready to run/walk on January 12th at the first race of the Series, and then every two weeks after that, to share the commitment to get healthy,” says Noel.

In 2013 the overall series was won by Geoff Martinson (Prairie Inn Harriers) with 883 points. Jen Millar (Human Powered Racing) won the women’s title with 847 points. Vince Brotherston (Comox Valley Road Runners) won the Masters series with 779 points and Binder Kelsall won the women’s Masters with 730 points. The Prairie Inn Harriers won the club standings, with 3,980 points, second was Bastion Running Club with 2,166 points and third was Comox Valley Road Runners with 1,880 points.