by James Nielsen
January 13, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – For the first time in two decades, the University of Victoria Vikes will partner with the Times Colonist 10K to provide running clinics aimed at preparing participants to achieve their goals at the event.
The clinics begin Jan. 22 and include information and training sessions from some of the top runners in the city leading up to the event, which enters its 25th year.
Runners of all sizes, ages and skill level will be able to complete a comprehensive 14-week program that includes tips, support and encouragement from experienced fitness leaders including Vikes varsity track and cross-country runners. The clinics will also include information sessions covering a variety of topics including proper footwear, nutrition, hydration, injury prevention, as well as cross-training tips. Entry fees for the 2014 Times Colonist 10K event are included in the clinic package as well as both a race and technical training shirt.
A staple in Victoria’s event calendar for the past two and a half decades, the Times Colonist 10K run-walk takes place Apr. 27 along a scenic course that takes participants through areas of Victoria’s downtown, Farfield and James Bay communities before finishing off at the historic parliament buildings in the heart of Victoria’s downtown core.
“We look forward to bringing this unique opportunity to interested members of our community,” said Brent Fougner, Vikes cross-country and track head coach and president of Victoria’s International Running Society. “Through this clinic people will have the chance to work with some of our top cross-country and track varsity athletes as they work towards achieving their own fitness goals.”
The annual 10 kilometre race has grown to feature over 14,000 participants each year and provides support for several local charities that include the B.C. Cancer Foundation, Every Step Counts, Help Fill A Dream, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as the Raise a Reader campaign.
Clinic sessions run on Wednesday nights from 5-6:30 p.m. and include 14 sessions between Jan. 22 and Apr. 23. Each session starts at the Univeristy of Victoria’s McKinnon Building. Clinic fees are $120 and registration can be done online.