Monday, December 26, 2016. First runners start around 10:00 a.m.
This amazing, staggered start handicap race where anyone can win often attracts an international field competing for fame and fortune. 2015 saw entrants from as far away as Courtenay BC, Redmond Washington and London England. 2016 already has entrants from Toronto ON, Calgary AB and SE Asia. Ok, it's just people here for the holidays and some locals competing for quirky prizes and socializing at the Prairie Inn after, but it's a club tradition centred at our founding and namesake venue. Oh, and it's free and almost everyone gets a prize!
I'm contemplating offering a single lap 5-Mile option so let me know if you're interested in that.
Monday, December 26, 2016. Handicapped start times are determined by your best race performances within a time window of 24 to 8 months ago, favouring improving novices. First runners will start at about 10:00 a.m. and all runners should finish before noon. Registrants will be informed of their exact handicapped starting time a few days prior to the race. Those below from 2016 so far and 2015 should give you an idea of the range:
2016 Assigned Start Times 09:57 Maryse Poulin 10:11 Mike Ellis 10:13 Tina Lulic, Marcia Stromsmoe 10:21 Bob Janicki 10:24 Seán Finucane 10:25 Melody Haddow, Mark Shier 10:27 Jeff Beddoes 10:28 Graham Fisher 10:30 Graham Hill 10:33 Buddy Bhandar 10:35 William Boothman 10:37 Gary Duncan 10:38 Patricia Roney 10:40 Mike Angrove 10:41 Chris Callendar 10:42 Matthew Winkler 10:43 Shane Ruljancich
2015 Assigned Start Times 10:07 Bernice Smith 10:10 Ian Davis 10:17 Trish Schiedel 10:18 Amy Dearden, Robert Grant 10:21 Vanessa Le 10:24 Mark Shier 10:27 Frank Towler, Anthony Jeffrey, Jeff Beddoes 10:28 Graham Fisher 10:33 Steve Schiedel, Mr. Dearden 10:34 Graham Hill 10:35 William Boothman, Michael Lawless 10:36 Chris Albertson 10:38 Arif Merali, Gary Duncan 10:44 Shane Ruljancich
Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub, 7806 East Saanich Road, Saanichton, BC.
Country roads along a rural valley, somewhat undulating in places. Double out-and-back course as follows: Start northbound on East Saanich Road at the Prairie Inn Pub for one block, left onto Wallace for one block, right onto Mt. Newton Cross Road for about 2 miles, left onto West Saanich, approx. 100 metres south on W. Saanich to the turnaround point*, retrace route. Repeat. Participants are expected to obey local traffic laws http://gmap-pedometer.com?r=6767896
*A cone may or may not be present on race day.
Accurately measured 10 miles (16.09344 kilometres). Five mile social run starts at 10:00 am - everyone welcome.
Handicap: Josephine Hees, 25:59 under handicap time, 1999
Outright: Male: Sean Chester, 54:34, 2011; female: Lise Wessels, 1:02:15, 2003
The perfect tune-up for the Frontrunners Island Race Series! The only organized, accurate run at the classic 10-mile distance on the island (and the first since the Harriers Tower 10-miler in 1992). A chance to burn off some holiday flab. A socially stimulating brunch in the pub follows the run.
None - it's a handicap race, the winner's the winner.
No Frills/No Whining
There will be limited food and/or fluid at the finish, possibly including water, mini oranges, candy canes, and leftover Christmas cookies. Be prepared by bringing your own refreshments / contributions and a change of clothes. The (family friendly) pub opens at 11:00. Whining is completely forbidden, and any suspected instance puts the whiner at risk of being assessed penalty minutes.
There may be a trophy or plaque for the winner. If so, it will be awarded immediately at the finish. There may also be random draw prizes of questionably useful items. Feel free to contribute re-giftings.
There will be one fluid stop, at the start/halfway/finish point. This also provides an opportunity to shed clothing at the half-way point.
Computer results may be posted on the internet the day of the race or in the days following.
Some results may be missing. This may or may not be rectified eventually. Just remember: no-frills race.