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Harriers Pioneer 8K Road Race

41st Annual Event hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club

Prairie Inn Harriers Pioneer 8K100

Saanich Physio is honoured  provide therapy services at the 41st 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 2020 and 2021.

The event has a rich history of outstanding performances attracting many Olympians and world record age category athletes. 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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 — NOTE Start Time is 11:30 am.

Thank-you to our Island Series and race sponsors:

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Level Ground Trading logo Saanichton Pysiotheray & Sports Clinic logo Lifestyle Market Community logo Peninsula Co Op Red Logo PrairieInn3 baycentrelogo


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.

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

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

The semi-flat, rural road course is certified and the event is sanctioned by BC Athletics.  View the 2020 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.


For immediate registration please enter and pay online here:  2020 Online Registration

Manual entry forms are also available at various locations or you can download a 2020 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 and at North Saanich Middle School on Sunday.

Entry Fees

Early entry fee
Adults $25 – No shirt (to December 12, 2019)
Students $20 – No shirt, all full-time Students (to December 12, 2019)

Regular entry fee
Adults – $30 (December 13, 2019 to January 9, 2020)   Students – $25

Late entry fee  $50 (All entrants – adults and students) on Race Weekend (January 11 and 12, 2020)

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

Entry Deadlines

$25 Early fee: Up to December 12, 2019.

$30 Regular fee: Up to January 9, 2020.

Online Registration closes at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 10, 2020.

$50 Race Weekend fee: Saturday, January 12, 2020 at Frontrunners Victoria, 1200 Vancouver Street, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, and Sunday, January 12, 2020 at the gymnasium in North Saanich Middle School on McDonald Park Road between 9:30 and 11:15 am.

Race Package Pickup

Saturday, January 11, 2020 (the day before the race), between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Frontrunners Victoria.  Draw prize for all participants that pick up bibs on Saturday. Registration is also available at Frontrunners, Vancouver and View Street, on Saturday during bib pickup.

Race morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Gymnasium at North Saanich Middle School.


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 presented at the awards ceremony and will be pre-drawn.  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).

More Information

Contact Race Director Jeff Beddoes at pioneer8k@pih.bc.ca for full race information and details.