(Vancouver, BC – November 10, 2015) BC Athletics, in collaboration with twelve of BC’s best road races, will launch the BC Super Series in 2016. Attracting more than 100,000 participants, and featuring more than $100,000 in prize money, the races bring the best athletes in BC together in competition, and encourage participation from all abilities.
Kicking off at the Harriers Pioneer 8K in January, the BC Super Series will make stops in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna before concluding at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon in October. Included in the series will be BC Championship races at 5K, 8K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon distances.
“I really like the idea of the BC Super Series,” said Kimberley Doerksen. “It's a fun way to have competition outside of just one race.”
Participants must compete in four or more races to qualify for BC Super Series awards. Recognition will be given to top overall performers, top masters, rookie of the year, and frequent finishers.
“I love this idea! I think it will get all of us elites out to more road races together,” said masters’ athlete Catherine Watkins.
The twelve races were selected based on the quality of the events and the competitiveness of their fields. The 2016 BC Super Series events are:
· Harriers Pioneer 8K
· Pacific Road Runners “First Half” Half Marathon
· BMO St Patrick’s Day 5K*
· Modo Spring Run-Off 8K
· Vancouver Sun Run 10K
· BMO Vancouver Half Marathon*
· BlueShore Financial Longest Day 5K
· Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon
· Fresh Air Midsummer 8K*
· Vancouver Eastside 10K*
· GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon*
*BC Championship race
“The Vancouver International Marathon Society is thrilled to be a part of the BC Super Series, and to host the BC Half Marathon Championships at the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 1st, 2016,” said Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director. “We are certain Vancouverites will be excited to watch and cheer for our top BC athletes as they compete for this title.”
BC Athletics is the Provincial non-profit amateur sport organization for Track & Field, Road Running, Marathons/Ultras, Cross Country/Trail Running and Race Walking. A Branch member of Athletics Canada, BC Athletics is made up of individual members, member clubs and affiliated organizations. The purpose of the Association is to promote, encourage and develop the widest participation and the highest proficiency in the sport of Athletics.
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For more information contact:
BC Athletics Technical Manager, Road & XC Running