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40th Annual Event hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club

Sunday, January, 2019 — Exact date and start time to be determined at the VIRA Annual General Meeting in May, 2018.

Thank-you to our Island Series and race sponsors:

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North Saaanich starting at the Tourist Information Centre on the Pat Bay Highway, three kilometres south of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and one kilometre north of Sidney.

Course Description/Event Records

pioneerThe semi-flat rural road course is certified and the event is sanctioned by BC Athletics. Race records are 22:58 (Carey Nelson in 1985) and 25:28 (Natasha Wodak in 2013).  2019 Pioneer Course


Post-race food and beverages will be served at the North Saanich Middle School using the pedestrian overpass across the highway.


For prompt registration please enter online using the link shown on Race Roster.
Printable entry forms are available at various locations and can be submitted by mail or dropped off at Frontrunners.

Entry Fees

Early entry fee
Adults $25 - No shirt (to December 10, 2018)
Students $20 - No shirt, all full-time Students (to December 10, 2018)

Regular entry fee
Adults - $30 (December 11, 2018 to January 11, 2019)   Students - $25

Late entry fee  $40 (All entrants - adults and students) on Race Weekend (January 12 and 13, 2019)

BC Athletics Members: Deduct $3
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable

Entry Deadlines

$25 Early fee: Up to December 10, 2018.

$30 Regular fee: Up to January 11, 2019. 

Online Registration closes at 6:00 pm on January 11, 2019.

$40 Race Weekend fee: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Frontrunners Victoria and Sunday January 13, 2019 - Entries accepted from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Gymnasium in North Saanich Middle School on McDonald Park Road.

Race Package Pickup

Saturday, January 12, 2019 (the day before the race), between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Frontrunners Victoria.  Draw prize for all participants that pick up bibs on Saturday. Registration is also available at Frontrunners, Vancouver and View Street, on Saturday during bib pickup.

Race morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Gymnasium at North Saanich Middle School.


Five year age groups from 20 to 90+, plus 16-19 and under-16

Awards and Presentations

Medals to the top three runners in each 5-year age group and ribbons to the top 10.  Draw prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony and will be pre-drawn.  Check the list for winning names.

Prize money and Harriers travel mugs to the top three senior runners, male and female, and to the top master male and female runners (40+ on race day).

High Performance Athletes

  • Event records are 22:58 by Carey Nelson in 1985 and 25:28 by Natasha Wodak in 2013.
  • Complimentary Entry Standards: Men's Open: 25:00; Women's Open: 29:00; Men's Masters (40+): 27:00; Women's Masters (40+): 31:00
  • Ferry costs may be subsidized for off-island athletes. Transportation is also available to and from the ferry.
  • 2018 Pioneer Complimentary Standards and Prize Money
  • To apply for high performance consideration, please complete the 2018 Pioneer High Performance Application Form
  • The Harriers Pioneer 8K is the first race of the BC Super Series of 12 races in Victoria and Vancouver. Check the BC Athletics website for more information and the full race schedule.  It is also the first race of 8 races in the Vancouver Island Race Series.


Computer results will be posted on the Harriers website the day of the race and also on the RaceDayTiming.ca and RaceStats.org websites.

2018 Race Results

2017 Race Results

2017 Race Report

2017 Race Video

2017 Pioneer Race Photos

2016 2016 Race Results | 2016 Race Report | 2016 Race Photos  | 2016 More Pioneer 8K Photos |

2015 PIHRDT 2015 Race Video  2015 Race Report  2015 Race Photos  2015 Race Photos  | 2014 PIHRDTVideoPhotosRace Report2013 PIHRDTPhotosVideo

Archived results can be found at racestats.org Pioneer 8K Results.

More Information

Contact Race Director Kathleen Birney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for full race information and details.




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