The seventh race in the Vancouver Island Race Series – Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K – takes place on Sunday, April 2, at 11 am. There will be a 10:30 a.m. start for walkers and runners anticipating finishing in more than 1.5 hours. The race, hosted by the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, starts and finishes at the Cherry Creek Community Centre, 3720 Moore Rd.
Runners can register online until 6 p.m., Friday, March 31 at www.islandseries.org, or on race day. Race registration until March 31 is $30 for adults and $25 for students. Race day fees are $40.
The Paper Chase 10K returns to the Island Series after a 15-year absence. Originally organized by the Alberni Valley River Runners, it ran for 20 consecutive years from 1983-2002.
“We are excited to bring back the Paper Chase run in Port Alberni,” says race director Bill Collette. “The event is supported by none other than the makers of paper,Catalyst Paper mill, a wonderful partner who we are excited to work with alongside the series sponsors, the race directors and organizers of the Island Series,” Collette said.
“This is a fast level course that goes through the beautiful Cherry Creek area in the Alberni Valley. We welcome everyone to Port Alberni.”
The last race in the Island Series is Cedar 12K, which will be followed by the series awards on April 9. To qualify for the series awards participants have to run in five of the races, with one being over 10K. Current leader in the series is Jen Millar with the Prairie Inn Harriers leading the club standings.
To register go to: www.islandseries.org.