45th Annual Event hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club

Prairie Inn Harriers Pioneer 8K100PIH is proud to present the 45th Annual Harriers Pioneer 8K Road Race, part of the Vancouver Island Race Series and the BC Athletics Super Series.  The event has a rich history of outstanding performances attracting many Olympians and world record age category athletes.  Several Canadian Records have been set at Pioneer.  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.  The new certified 8 kilometre course, is of similar profile to the old course and features an out and back route through rural farmlands just north of the Victoria International Airport along mainly quiet country roads.

DATE Sunday, January 14, 2024 – NOTE Start Time is 11:30 am

Online registration for the 2024 Pioneer 8K and 2024 Island Series is OPEN.


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 and the Victoria Airport.

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

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

pioneerThe semi-flat, rural road course is certified (BC-2018-002a-BDC) and the event is sanctioned by BC Athletics.  Race records are 22:58 (Carey Nelson in 1985) and 25:28 (Natasha Wodak in 2013).  View the current 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.


Online registration for just the 2024 Harriers Pioneer 8K or for the whole 2024 Island Road Race Series.

Manual entry forms are also available at various locations or you can download a 2022 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 Shelbourne on Saturday only. There is no day-of-race registration.

Entry Fees and deadlines

2024 entry fees

Early entry fee (to December 7, 2023)
$30 Adults
$20 Youth

Regular entry fee (December 8, 2023 to 6pm January 12, 2024)
$35 Adults
$25 Youth

Late entry fee on Saturday, January 13, 2023 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Frontrunners Shelbourne.
$50 All entrants
There is no day-of-race registration.

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

Race Package Pickup

  • Friday, January 12, 6:00 pm – 8:00 PM VIRA Series Kickoff at Frontrunners Downtown.
  • Saturday, January 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Frontrunners Shelbourne, 3659 Shelbourne St, Victoria. Draw prize for all participants that pick up bibs on Saturday. $50 Registration is also available.
  • Sunday, January 14, 10 am – 11:15 am at North Saanich Middle School, 10400 McDonald Park Rd


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 per-drawn and available with the awards after the race at North Saanich Middle School. 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).

High Performance Athletes

Athletes who have finished a certified 8 km road race within the last 24 months faster than, or near, a set performance standard may be eligible for a complimentary entry to the Harriers Pioneer 8K.  See the attached documents for further details, information on possible travel assistance across the Strait, and the form to apply:

Note that to be more equitable across all the categories the standards for 2024 are based on an age-gender performance percentage.  Initially set at 83% this equates to about 26:15 for open men and 28:25 for open women.                       For 15 year old juniors it equates to about 26:10 and 30:15.  For 40 year old masters, about 26:20 and 29:35, for 55 year-olds about 29:45 and 34:10, etc.  The standard may be relaxed a percent or three so do apply if approaching.

The total regular prize purse is $850, with extra event record bonuses of $500 for setting a new open men's or women's course record, currently 22:58 by Carey Nelson set in 1985, and 25:28 by Natasha Wodak set in 2013.

  • The Harriers Pioneer 8K is the first race of the BC Athletics Super Series of 12 races in Victoria and Vancouver. Check the BC Athletics website for more information and the full race schedule.  It is also the first race of 8 races in the Vancouver Island Race Series.  For more information check the Island Series website http://www.islandseries.org/


Computer results will be available almost immediately on the official StartLineTiming.com website and later on RaceStats.org and the Harriers website.

2022 Results | 2021 virtual results | 2020 ResultsReportVideoPhotos | 2019 ResultsReportVideoPhotos | 2018 Results | 2017 ResultsReportVideoPhotos | 2016 ResultsReportPhotosMore photos | 2015 ResultsVideoReportPhotos | 2014 ResultsVideoPhotosReport | 2013 ResultsPhotosVideo

Archived results can be found at racestats.org Pioneer 8K Results.

More Information

Contact Race Director Jeff Beddoes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for full race information and details.

Thank-you to our Island Series and race sponsors:

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