Early bird registration on now for Island Race Series

Local runners can sign up for the Cedar 12K and other events in the 2014 Frontrunners Island Race Series.

Local runners take note — early bird registration for the 2014 Frontrunners Island Race Series has begun. The 33rd running of the series will go from January until April 2014, with eight races ranging from five-kilometres to a half-marathon.

The early registration fee is $120. After that, until Jan. 12, late registration will be $150.

Runners can also register for the individual races.

The eight races comprise the Harriers Pioneer 8K on Jan. 12, Cobble Hill 10K on Jan. 26, Cedar 12K on Feb. 9, Hatley Castle 8K on Feb. 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 to be 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 500 km, 1,000 km and 1,500 km milestones during the series.

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

To register online for the series, click here.

Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen here.