Mother’s Day 10K returns

Time to lace up those running shoes for the Oceanside Mother’s Day 10K race on May 11 in Parksville.

Formerly known as the Oceanside 10k, the race debuted as part of  the Island Road Race Series in 1983 with a total of 250 participants, peaking to 525 racers in 2006. It was, and still is, a B.C. Athletics certified course with a course record time of 37:15 for women in 2004 and another in 2006 for men, with a time of 31:27.

The small but thriving Oceanside Running Club Association (better known as ORCA) could no longer keep up with the high demand of commitment and volunteers needed to host a series event.

After a few years’ hiatus, the club tried to revive the race and made a successful comeback in 2010 drawing a field of 146 racers including walkers. The event has been hosted by ORCA every year since and has proven to be an attraction for both competitive racers and fitness enthusiasts alike.

Marking the success of the previous year and an attempt to have a regular date for the event, in 2014 the official name of the race has been re-named the Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k, to be held this year on May 11 and on every subsequent Mother’s Day.

Also taking place for the race this year will be the re-measurement and re-certification of the course allowing it to be faster than previously with the elimination of a few corners, making it attractive for competitors seeking a personal best time or 10k certification.

All competitive or recreational runners and walkers are encouraged participate this Sunday May 11, starting at the Parksville Curling Club. Register and get more information at

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