New 5k course added to Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k

The new route is a walk/run loop with some trails along Englishman River Estuary

A new, shorter 5K option will be available for the first time when the Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k returns to Parksville Sunday, May 8 for its popular 10k road and trail run through Community Park.

Competitive and recreational runners are invited to come and run the scenic, 10-kilometre course as it winds along the beautiful oceanfront and through the trails at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

This is a B.C. Athletics-certified course on what is a mostly flat loop on the road and good trail. This makes the event attractive for those seeking a personal-best time or 10k certification. Medals and ribbons will be awarded to the first three finishers in each of the five-year age divisions starting with youth under 14.

The new 5k run/walk route is a loop on road, with some trail along the Englishman River Estuary. It is designed for those who want to take more time and enjoy a shorter, non-certified course. This is the perfect course to choose for new or returning runners wanting an early summer goal. It is also the course to choose for anyone pushing a baby jogger. Awards will be presented to the first three participants to cross the finish line.

Start time for both races is at 10 a.m. Runners and walkers are asked to note that no dogs will be allowed on either of the courses.

The presentation of trophies and other awards will take place afterward at the Parksville Curling Club. There will be refreshments for all those participating and an abundance of draw prizes.

The Oceanside Running Club Association (TEAM ORCA) is pleased once again to be supporting the Parksville Haven Society. Donations can be made either at registration or on race day.

For those wanting to volunteer there are a variety of opportunities to help with this event. Anyone wanting to find out more should contact barbara.j.low@gmail.com.

Advance registration is $25, and online registration closes at midnight Thursday, May 5. Entries can still be made on Race Day at $40 between 8.30 and 9.30 a.m.

Race day registration and number pick-up will be at Parksville Curling Club from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on race day. Both races start and finish at the Pioneer Crescent cul-de-sac just a short walk from the Curling Club.

For more event information visit www.orcarunning.ca/oceanside10k or call Barry Carr at 250-240-8144.

— Submitted by ORCA