44th Annual Event hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club

Prairie Inn Harriers Pioneer 8K100PIH is proud to present the 44th Annual Harriers Pioneer 8K Road Race, part of the Vancouver Island Race Series and the BC Athletics Super Series.  The race is also the BC 8K Road Race Championship in 2023.  The event has a rich history of outstanding performances attracting many Olympians and world record age category athletes.  Several Canadian Records have been set at Pioneer.  Initiated in 1980 by the Prairie Inn Harriers, and staged in Central Saanich for 38 years, the race relocated to nearby North Saanich in 2018.  The new certified 8 kilometre course, is of similar profile to the old course and features an out and back route through rural farmlands just north of the Victoria International Airport along mainly quiet country roads.

DATE Sunday, January 8, 2023 – NOTE Start Time is 11:30 am

2023 Harriers Pioneer 8K Online Registration is OPEN
Online Registration for the entire 2023 Island Series is OPEN


The Harriers Pioneer 8K is located in beautiful, rural North Saanich, about three kilometres south of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and one kilometre north of Sidney and the Victoria Airport.

The Start/Finish Line are at the Tourist Information Centre just off the Patricia Bay Highway. Pre-race package pickup, post-race refreshments and awards are at North Saanich Middle School, 10400 McDonald Park Road, a few hundred metres away via a pedestrian overpass across the highway.

Both venues have parking and are accessible off the highway in either direction from McDonald Park Road.  Driving between venues takes 5 to 10 minutes as you can't go directly across the Patricia Bay Highway, so you can select which side to park.

Course Description/Event Records

pioneerThe semi-flat, rural road course is certified (BC-2018-002a-BDC) and the event is sanctioned by BC Athletics.  Race records are 22:58 (Carey Nelson in 1985) and 25:28 (Natasha Wodak in 2013).  View the 2022 Pioneer Course map.


Post-race food and beverages will be served at the North Saanich Middle School on McDonald Park Road using the pedestrian overpass across the highway from the Start/Finish area at the Tourist Information Centre.


You can register online for just the 2023 Harriers Pioneer 8K or for the whole 2023 Island Series

Manual entry forms are also available at various locations or you can download a 2022 Harriers Pioneer 8K Printable Entry Form   Completed forms can be submitted by mail to Harriers Pioneer 8K Race, 2600 Herbate Road, Victoria, BC, V9B 6J7.  Please make cheques payable to Prairie Inn Harriers.

In person registration is available on race weekend at Frontrunners on Saturday only. There is no day-of-race registration.

Entry Fees and deadlines

Early entry fee (to December 7, 2022)
$25 Adults
$20 Youth

Regular entry fee (December 8, 2022 to 6pm January 6, 2023)
$30 Adults
$25 Youth

Late entry fee on Saturday, January 7, 2023 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Frontrunners Shelbourne.
$50 All entrants
There is no day-of-race registration.

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

Race Package Pickup

  • Friday, January 6, 7:00 pm – 9:00 PM VIP night.
  • Saturday, January 7, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Frontrunners Shelbourne, 3659 Shelbourne St, Victoria. Draw prize for all participants that pick up bibs on Saturday. $50 Registration is also available.
  • Sunday, January 8, 10 am – 11:15 am at North Saanich Middle School, 10400 McDonald Park Rd


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 from 4th to 10th place in all categories.  Draw prizes will be per-drawn and available with the awards after the race at North Saanich Middle School. Please check the list for winning names.

Prize money and Harriers travel mugs presented 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 set in 1985 and 25:28 by Natasha Wodak set 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 for Lower Mainland athletes. Please contact the High Performance Athlete Director for travel assistance.
  • 2022 Pioneer Complimentary Standards and Prize Money
  • To apply for high performance consideration, please complete this form  2022 Pioneer High Performance Application Form
  • The Harriers Pioneer 8K is the first race of the BC Athletics 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 6 races in the Vancouver Island Race Series.  For more information check the Island Series website http://www.islandseries.org/


Computer results will be available almost immediately on the official RaceDayTiming.ca website and later on RaceStats.org and the Harriers website.

2020 ResultsReportVideoPhotos | 2019 ResultsReportVideoPhotos | 2018 Results | 2017 ResultsReportVideoPhotos | 2016 ResultsReportPhotosMore photos | 2015 ResultsVideoReportPhotos | 2014 ResultsVideoPhotosReport | 2013 ResultsPhotosVideo

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

More Information

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

Thank-you to our Island Series and race sponsors:

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