Run series goes cross country

The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series moves into cross-country season with three events Beaver Lake Park

The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series is moving into the cross-country portion of the run season with three events, all at Saanich’s  Beaver Lake Park.

The spike-friendly races are on three straight Saturdays, Sept. 19, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, all starting at 1 p.m.

“These are the only traditional cross-country races in Greater Victoria that are not school races,” said organizer Chris Kelsall.

Likewise, the races are popular as a warm up to the Lower Island High School cross-country season and feature a contingent of the UVic Vikes cross-country team. The Run Series completed the first half of its season, four track-based events, at UVic’s Centennial Stadium in May, June and July.

The cross-country races adhere to the standard of International Association of Athletics Federations, a 2.2-kilometre course lapped twice. The series is $45 in advance for all three or $20 per race on race day.  Part proceeds benefit KidSport Victoria. On Sunday, Oct. 4, the series is hosting a silent auction and awards night in the Maple Room at the Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas St.