The Bazan Bay 5K virtual challenge is slated to take place April 14-21. (Submitted photo)

The Bazan Bay 5K virtual challenge is slated to take place April 14-21. (Submitted photo)

Popular Vancouver Island running series offers virtual challenge for 2021

Participants can complete events on their own time

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, the popular Vancouver Island Race Series that normally takes place from January to April will go virtual next year.

The 2021 Vancouver Island Runners’ Association 39 1/2 Virtual Challenge has now been created that will feature eight challenges that runners can complete from January to April at a time and day of their choosing.

There will be two challenges per race: a run challenge and a photo challenge. Participants can choose to race these events or do it just for fun. They can be achieved anywhere.

The dates of the virtual challenges are:

• Jan. 6-13 — Harriers Pioneer 8K, North Saanich

• Jan. 29-27 — Cobble Hill 10K, Cobble Hill

• Feb. 3-10 — Cedar 12K, Cedar

• Feb. 17-24 — Hatley Castle 8K, Royal Roads

• March 3-10 — Port Alberni Paper Chase 15K, Port Alberni

• March 17-24 — Comox Valley RV Half Marathon, Courtenay

• March 31-April 7 — TriStars Sooke 10K, Sooke

• April 14-21 — Synergy Health Management Ltd. Bazan Bay 5K and Series Awards.

READ MORE: Parksville running coaches remain firmly behind Ballenas track upgrade project

The registration fee of $50 includes an Island Series buff. Plus you can purchase extra buffs, socks and toques. The buffs will be available in January, with pickup/delivery details to be sent in the new year. Socks and toques are available now and will be at Frontrunners Victoria for pickup from mid December. Registrants will be notified when available.

Each registrant will receive 10 per cent discount off the 2022 Island Series. Draw prizes will be awarded on a random basis after each challenge – only those who register will be eligible to receive prizes. Those who participate in the photo challenge have the chance to win more prizes. If you finish five out of the eight challenges your name will go into a draw for ‘grand’ prizes to include shoe certificates and complimentary entries to the 2022 Island Series.

Registrants will have the opportunity to donate to VIRA’s charity of choice, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, when they register. Donations will go toward ‘It’s Critical’, a $7-million campaign to double critical care capacity at the Royal Jubilee Hospital with a permanent eight-bed High Acuity unit. Those who donate a minimum $20 will have the chance of winning more draw prizes.

— NEWS Staff

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

runningvancouverisland

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(File photo)
Case of COVID-19 confirmed in School District 69 (Qualicum)

Individual was at PASS/Woodwinds, with a last date of attendance of Jan. 22

The Qualicum Beach Cafe team: from left, host owner Eli Brennan, general manager Amy Turner, host owner/chef Alan Tse, chef de cuisine Todd Bright, sous chef Jack Mitchell and pastry chef/baker Noemie Girard. (Submitted photo)
Fresh start: Qualicum Beach Cafe set to offer West Coast dining

New operators bring wealth of culinary, hospitality experience

Professional hockey goalie Connor LaCouvee of Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)
Qualicum Beach goalie Connor LaCouvee joins AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners

Backstop returns to North America after stint in Slovakia

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Employers might be able to require COVID-19 vaccination from employees: B.C. lawyer

‘An employer must make the case’ using expert science, explains lawyer David Mardiros

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

The sky above Mt. Benson in Nanaimo is illuminated by flares as search and rescuers help an injured hiker down the mountain to a waiting ambulance. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Search and Rescue)
Search plane lights up Nanaimo mountain with flares during icy rope rescue

Rescuers got injured hiker down Mt. Benson to a waiting ambulance Saturday night

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Nanaimo hospital

Two staff members and one patient have tested positive, all on the same floor

A long-term care worker receives the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Nanaimo earlier this month. (Island Health photo)
All Island seniors in long-term care will be vaccinated by the end of this weekend

Immunization of high-risk population will continue over the next two months

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Most Read