Harriers Boxing Day Handicap
amazing, staggered start handicap race where anyone can win
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, Richland WA and London England. 2016 had entrants from Toronto ON, Calgary AB and SE Asia. 2017 had entrants from up island, mainland BC, Washington state, Alberta and Ontario. 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!
There is a single lap 5-Mile option so let me know if you're interested in that.
There is also a concurrent dog-friendly social run / walk on the trails of nearby Mt Newton.
Always on December 26th, Boxing Day which in 2018 is a Wednesday. Handicapped start times are determined by your best race performances within a time window of 24 to 8 months ago, favouring improving novices. The idea being everyone should finish at about the same time. 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 the last few years should give you an idea of the range:
2018 Assigned Start Times 10:01 Joanne Frappell 10:11 Tracy Voorthuyzen 10:17 Christopher Kelsall 10:20 Franck Germain 10:36 William Boothman
2017 Assigned Start Times 09:44 Jill Cowan 10:05 Paul Hoffman 10:08 Bernice Smith 10:11 Janet Green, Paul Kaufman, Peter Jensen 10:21 Keith Scott-Polson 10:22
Adam Hill10:23 Robert Grant 10:24 Mark Shier 10:26 Jeff Beddoes, Luis González 10:27 Graham Fisher, Pat Peron 10:28 Franck Germain, Denisse Justiniano 10:32 Joseph Camilleri 10:33 Chris Shier 10:34 Gary Duncan 10:37 Chris Albertson, Lyndon Clazie 10:41 Chris Callendar 10:44 Shane Ruljancich 5 Mile 11:00 Laura Wyatt, Dawn Wilson
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.
Mainly 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. Run safe!
*A cone may or may not be present on race day, as may signs each mile, and stick flags around the few corners.
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.
Maximum 60 registrations accepted - first come, first served. Please register online by December 24, giving your name, whether you ran an Vancouver Island Series race in the last 2 years, or your best times from fixed distance races between January 1st, last year and May 1st, this year, or failing any of those your estimated time for say 10km. No day-of-race entries accepted, but you can still show up day-of-race, run 5 or 10 miles socially, and join us for brunch.
None - it's a handicap race, the winner's the winner.
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.
2017 by Placing & Time – 2016 by Placing & Time – 2015 by Placing & Time – 2014 by Placing & Time – 2013 by Placing & Time – 2012 – 2011 – 2010 – 2009 – 2008– 2007 – 2006 – 2005 – 2004 – 2003 – 2002 – 2001 – 2000 – 1999
Some results may be missing. This may or may not be rectified eventually. Just remember: no-frills race.