logo-redx100h

facebook twitter googleplusinstagramtumblrrss

by Louise Hodgson-Jones

vira logoJanuary 7, 2014, Victoria (ISN) - The first race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – the Harriers Pioneer 8K – takes place on Sunday, January 12 at 11 am. Last year's winners Geoff Martinson and Natasha Wodak are returning, leading an impressive field of elite runners. The 8K is hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers and is the first race of the Timex BC Road Running Series.

Over 5,300 registered for the 2013 series, now in its 33rd year. "Record numbers are expected for the races this year as many of the long time participants set their schedules around the Island Series," says Cathy Noel, President of the Vancouver Island Runners' Association (VIRA), the non-profit organization that coordinates the series. "The competition is going to be tough for the top 10 spots in each age category, but each and every race is open to all levels."

In 2013 the overall series was won by Prairie Inn Harriers runner Geoff Martinson with Jen Miller winning the female category. Martinson is looking for another win on Sunday. "My goal is a sub-24 minutes but I hear there will be some great competition at the race, so I expect it will be a tough run out there," he says. "My sights are also set on a new Bazan Bay 5km record."

"It's always great to kick off the year as the first race of the Timex BC Road Running Series, and being the host for the BC 8K Championships for 2014 is helping us attract some great elite runners," says Heather Bretschneider, Co-Race Director of the Harriers Pioneer 8K. "This year is especially exciting as we celebrate the 35th Anniversary."

Other top seeded athletes to run on Sunday include Kevin Friesen and Rob Watson from Vancouver, Natasha Wodak (Vancouver, and Harriers Pioneer course record holder), Erin Burrett (Nanaimo), Sabrina Wilkie (Vancouver) and Dayna Pidhoresky (Windsor, ON). The top masters are local Victoria favourites, Jim Finlayson and Lucy Smith.

The Harriers Pioneer 8K starts and finishes at Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's X Road, Saanichton, BC. Runners can register online until midnight, Wednesday January 8 at www.vira.bc.ca, at Frontrunners, 1200 Vancouver St on Saturday January 11, or on race day. Race registration until January 8 is $25 for adults and $20 for students. Race day fees are $35 and $30 for students.

Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. The Harriers Pioneer 8K will be followed by Cobble Hill 10K on January 26, Cedar 12K on February 9, Hatley Castle 8K on February 23, Synergy Health Management Ltd 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. Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon are also part of the Timex BC Series. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics. Registration is now online at www.vira.ba.ca. Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on www.pih.bc.ca.

To register online for the series go to: www.vira.bc.ca. Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on http://pih.bc.ca/results/IslandSeries.php 

Latest Stories

1DX 9890

Big Inning Propels HarbourCats to Key Win Over Yakima

Aug 04, 2015

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 3, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - In the opening game of a series with huge West Coast League (WCL) playoff implications, the Victoria HarbourCats used a five-run eighth inning to draw first blood with an 11-5…

harbourcats

HarbourCats explode in sweep of AppleSox

Aug 03, 2015
WENATCHEE, Wash. -- The fireworks, they apparently started a night earlier than planned. Fireworks are guaranteed for Monday night -- likely in-game, but assured for after the game.
mckenzie tour

Daniel Miernicki wins ATB Financial Classic with 72nd hole birdie

Aug 02, 2015

(August 2, 2015 – Cochrane, Alta.) – Santee, California’s Daniel Miernicki shot a final round 6-under 64 at The Links of GlenEagles on Sunday to win the ATB Financial Classic, his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win.

falhunter

Falcons Win Series vs Bells

Aug 02, 2015

by Kyle Anderson (photo of Hunter Villanueva by Kyle Anderson)

The Falcons opened the scoring in the 3rd inning on an RBI single from Hunter Villanueva that scored Grant Meylan.

kirsten sweetland

Canadian Triathletes Take Valuable Lessons from Olympic Test…

Aug 02, 2015

—Kyle Jones leads men in 18th, Kirsten Sweetland top Canadian woman in 22nd—

Rio de Janeiro—The results were not what was planned for, but Canada’s triathletes will leave Rio with a course filled with valuable lessons as they ready themselves for the 2016…

1DX 8892

Twins Use Third Inning Explosion to Win BCPBL Championship

Aug 02, 2015

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 2, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - The North Shore Twins broke open a tight one-run ball game with a 13-run third inning to cruise to a 18-7 mercy rule shortened win over the Nanaimo Pirates in the championship…

1DX 8414

Rainey Vaults Pirates Into BCPBL Finals With Win Over Eagles

Aug 02, 2015

Rainey Pitches Pirates Into BCPBL Finals With Win Over Eagles

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 2, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - North Rainey pitched a complete game four-hitter as the Nanaimo Pirates defeated the Victoria Eagles 5-2 in BC…

RyanCochrane

Cochrane adds elusive 400 hardware to collection

Aug 02, 2015
KAZAN, Russia - Canada's most decorated swimmer of all time added a new medal to his collection Sunday at FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
mckenzie tour

Chris Williams fires course record 61 for ATB Financial Classic…

Aug 02, 2015

(August 1, 2015 – Cochrane, Alta.) – Moscow, Idaho’s Chris Williams fired a course record 9-under 61 on Saturday at The Links of GlenEagles to take the 54-hole lead at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s ATB Financial Classic.

latvala rally car

Latvala wins fastest WRC rally ever

Aug 02, 2015

Jari-Matti Latvala, Sebastien Ogier, Mads Ostberg celebrate the podium at FIA World Rally Championship 2015 Finland in Jyvaskyla on August 2, 2015 Photographer Credit Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

Jari-Matti Latvala won the fastest event in FIA World…

white

Pa-Modou Kah scores twice and Pedro Morales adds a third on a…

Aug 02, 2015

VANCOUVER, BC – There’s just something about Gambians playing for Whitecaps FC in Seattle. In the past two years it’s been Kekuta Manneh scoring to send Vancouver to victory, but this time it was centre back Pa-Modou Kah guiding the ‘Caps to a dominant 3-0…

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson is the Honda Player Of The Month

Aug 02, 2015

TORONTO BLUE JAYS third basemen JOSH DONALDSON has captured the HONDA PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARD for July, in a vote by the TORONTO CHAPTER of the BBWAA. Honda, the official vehicle of the Blue Jays, will make a donation to the charity of Josh’s choosing.

World Headlines

kirsten sweetland

Canadian Triathletes Take Valuable Lessons…

in Brazil
—Kyle Jones leads men in 18th, Kirsten Sweetland top Canadian woman in 22nd— Rio de…
RyanCochrane

Cochrane adds elusive 400 hardware to…

in Vancouver Island
KAZAN, Russia - Canada's most decorated swimmer of all time added a new medal to his…
latvala rally car

Latvala wins fastest WRC rally ever

in Finland
Jari-Matti Latvala, Sebastien Ogier, Mads Ostberg celebrate the podium at FIA World Rally…
stefan d

Canada's Stefan Daniel Wins Silver at…

in Brazil
—Chantal Givens finishes fourth in women’s PT4 classification, Christine Robbins places…
olyipc

Beijing to stage 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

in Asia
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has sent its congratulations to Beijing,…

Just For Fun

A funny Sumo Wrestler Picture
May 03, 2014

Combining Sports

in Funny Sport Pictures
Some sports should not be combined!

iphone
Sep 23, 2014

This Is Why Leafs Fans Love The New iPhone 6+

in Funny Sport Pictures

Sept 23,2014(ISN) - Now I understand why Toronto Maple Leafs fans are such supporters of the new iPhone 6.

Anthem singer trips over red carpet
Oct 06, 2014

Anthem Trip

in Funny Sport Videos

Many people have been tripped up singing a national anthem before a sporting event, but not quite like Mark…

leaf fan
Jun 02, 2014

How To Be A Leafs Fan 101

in Just For Fun

unnamed 6
May 14, 2014

How The Mighty Have Fallen

in Just For Fun

JFBCFan - ISN Vancouver Island

Howie's Car Corral Used Cars

Double N Hardwood Floors