Oceanside Running Club Association’s Learn to Run Program participants will be among those runners that will compete in the 5K race of the annual Mother’s Day Run. — ORCA photo

Register now for Mother’s Day run

Annual event on May 13 offers two beautiful courses for competitive and recreational runners

The Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk is slated to take place on Sunday, May 13.

Registration is now open for the annual race, which offers two courses, awards, food and an abundance of draw prizes both for entrants and for the volunteers. Those who register before May 10 may sign up for $30. The cost to register on race day rises to $40.

The 10k run is a scenic course, part road and part trail, that winds through Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and along the Parksville-area oceanfront.

This is the course to pick if people are a competitive or a recreational runner. Medals and ribbons will be awarded to the first three in all the age divisions.

The 5K run/walk is back by popular request and loops through the Englishman River Estuary road and trail. This event will feature participants from the Oceanside Running Club Association’s Learn to Run program, which had 38 people entered in this year’s clinic. They were automatically entered in the Mother’s Day run when they joined the program.

The 5K course is the one to pick if people want to take more time, enjoy a shorter course or are a new runner looking for a personal goal. It is also suitable for those who want to walk or who will be pushing a baby buggy or stroller. Awards will be presented to the first three participants to cross the finish line.

Registrants are reminded that for safety, no dogs, bicycles, roller blades, headphones or earbuds are permitted on either course.

Please note, people don’t have to be a mom to enter. All are welcome.

Team ORCA is pleased to be supporting the Parksville Haven Society. Donations are kindly accepted and can be made during the registration process or on race day.

Online registration is available at www.raceroster.com, and for more event information go to www.orcarunning.ca/ or www.facebook.com/oceanside.race.

The organizers are also looking for volunteers to help out during the race. If you are interested in helping out, please contact barbara.j.low@gmail.com.

— ORCA submission

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