Come Run With Us! MEC and CRD Partner for Race Series

Aug 20, 2014

Victoria, BC– Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC), in partnership with the Capital Regional District (CRD), is hosting two upcoming Victoria races this September and October 2014. The CRD and MEC Victoria have partnered together to promote public parks and to inspire and enable Canadians to lead active, outdoor lifestyles through the MEC Victoria Race Series.  

The race series strives to offer professionally managed and accessibly priced events year round. Multiple race formats are offered throughout the series, including 5km, 10km, 15k, and half marathon, for the growing number of runners on every level.

Come Run with Us!

Sep 07, 2014
8:30 am PDT

Race FOUR 5k/10k/15k

Race FOUR: The Best Getter, our only race offering a 15k distance. Join us this September for a scenic 5k, 10k, or 15k route along the Galloping Goose and Lochside Regional Trails. All three races will start and end at Harbour Road in Vic West. The 10k and 15k route will take runners around Swan Lake which offers a bit of off-road challenge with one step in the middle of the Swan Lake route.

Oct 26, 2014
8:30 am PDT

Race FIVE 5k/10k/Half Marathon

Race FIVE: The Big Banana! This race will see all 5k, 10k and Half Marathon courses around Elk Lake Regional Park, starting and finishing at Hamsterly Beach.

MEC running races are part of a comprehensive running program that includes meet-ups, clinics and specialized seminars for all running enthusiasts. In-store clinics and sessions help members develop and hone their running skills with expert advice and techniques, while meet ups are a great way to connect with other runners in a fun and welcoming environment. MEC also carries a wide range of trail, road and natural running gear, including the latest running apparel, shoes, training computers and quality accessories. All information on the national MEC race series can be viewed at


An outdoor retail co-operative, MEC exists to encourage and inspire Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles. From backcountry trails to city streets, MEC supports a range of outdoor activities, including climbing, hiking, camping, snowsports, watersports, cycling, running and yoga. Well known for selling high-quality, well-designed products that offer great value, MEC employs outdoor enthusiasts who possess a strong service ethic to provide its members with an authentic and accessible customer experience. MEC has more than 4 million members across Canada, whom it serves through 18 stores in 6 provinces as well as and the Shop MEC iPhone® app. Anyone can join MEC by purchasing a $5 individual lifetime membership with the Co-op. More information about MEC is available at

About CRD

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region. Regional Parks protects and manages more than 13,000 hectares of spectacular and easily accessible natural areas in 33 regional parks and trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. These spaces provide opportunities for outdoor experiences and activities that foster appreciation, enjoyment and respect for the region’s natural environments.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Parks & Environmental Services
Tel: 250.360.3332 |

Elizabeth Brady, Outreach Coordinator/Race Director
MEC Victoria
Tel: 250.386.2667