VICTORIA – It has been ten years since the U SPORTS national cross country championships have been held on Vancouver Island but it returns this November. The University of Victoria Vikes cross country program has a storied history with nine women’s and five men’s championships. Eighty-six Vikes runners have achieved All-Canadian status for their performances.

“The weekend of November 11-12 is going to be an exciting time for our program,” said Vikes cross country and track head coach Brent Fougner. “Hosting Nationals gives us an opportunity to showcase our sport. I am looking forward to inviting back the alumni that helped build our history, to support the team, meet old friends and celebrate their legacy.”

Head coach Brent Fougner and the alumni chapter are pleased to announce the formation of the Legacy Club. Generous and committed alumni and program supporters have come together to provide $8000 in annual matching funds for the next three years. All additional financial contributions will be matched and then put towards the Vikes Championship Breakfast so in essence each donation will be quadrupled.

“Our past teams have established a solid foundation and reputation within U SPORTS,” said former Vike Eric Findlay, who is the alumni chair of the Legacy Club campaign. “It’s wonderful to see our alumni engaging through our Legacy Club launch, helping to strengthen the future of Vikes cross country and track.”

The 2017 edition of the men’s and women’s championship will be held in Victoria on Nov. 12. The course will be held on a 2-km loop course along the scenic ocean front of Beacon Hill Park with the women racing 8-km and the men 10-km.

The Vikes have produced some of Canada’s top athletes, while also building champions in the classroom and outstanding contributors for communities. The Vikes legacy stems from the rich history of former athletes and this coming championship is a time for alumni to play a part in the continuation of the legacy.

“Being an alumni and head coach for the program I have seen the impact this program and the university has in transforming young adults,” added Fougner. “The friendships and experiences they encounter stay with them for a lifetime. The Legacy Club is a perfect opportunity to stay connected and give back in a small way but have a big impact on future Vikes”

A commitment to the Legacy Club is monthly or annually for a minimum of three years.