Calling all runners— start your New Year on the right foot by registering for the upcoming Island Race Series! Between January and April 2020, partake in some of the best road running that Vancouver Island has to offer and give back to the health of our community.

This series, organized by the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association, offers eight races with distances ranging from 5 km to a half marathon. Meet fellow runners and enjoy the scenic views as you race throughout the beautiful lower island, including locations such as Hatley Castle, Cobble Hill, and more! The first race is the Harriers Pioneer 8K on Sunday, January 12 with races happening every two weeks until the series concludes on Sunday, April 19 with the Synergy Bazan Bay 5K in Sidney.

See each link below for full race details and individual registration:

January 12: Harriers Pioneer 8K, North Saanich

January 26: Cobble Hill 10K, Cobble Hill 

February 9: Cedar 12K, Cedar

February 23: Hatley Castle 8K, Royal Roads 

March 8: Port Alberni Paper Chase 15K, Port Alberni

March 22: Comox Valley RV Half Marathon, Courtenay

April 5: TriStars Sooke 10K, Sooke

April 19: Synergy Health Management Ltd. Bazan Bay 5K & Series Awards

Participants can sign up for the entire series (online registration ends at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 10th) or one race at a time on VIRA’s website: www.islandseries.org.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation (VHF) is grateful to once again be the charity partner for this fun series! Since first partnering with VHF in 2015, VIRA has helped raise more than $9,000 for medical equipment at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals. Participants can make donations to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation upon registration. Thank you for running for our hospitals!