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When: Sunday, August 12, 2018

Where: Meet at Bob Reid's lakefront home on McKenzie Lake, 2600 Herbate Road at the north end of Thetis Lake Park (250-384-1520)

Why: To enjoy a social run, hike or ride followed by a BBQ, potluck lunch, swimming and stories from the past

When to Arrive: Meet just before 11:00 am and we will run, hike or mountain bike on the northern trails of Thetis Lake Park from Westoby Road.  Everyone will be back for a BBQ and picnic starting at 12:30 pm.  Individual leaders will be provided for fast, moderate and slow run groups and for a hiking group.  All runners and hikers will summit Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain on some new trails recently constructed. 

40th Reunion Celebration: Club members, past and present, are encouraged to bring memorabilia (old race shirts, uniforms, newspaper clippings, pictures, etc.) to display on tables. An “Open Mic” session is available for you to share a humorous or serious running story from the past while the barbequing is taking place. A group picture is planned for 2:00 pm with a surprise for all participants and children.

What to Bring:  Your kids – this is a PIH family event. Bring some old memorabilia for display.  Your own liquid refreshment (Beer, wine, juice, pop, water, energy drink).  A potluck dish – salad, appetizer or dessert.  A swimsuit and towel if you want to swim in McKenzie Lake.  Running shoes and your mountain bike if you plan to ride on Bellamy Trail and other easily manageable cycling trails.

                Bob will Supply:     Barbeques, tables, chairs, dishes, tent, serving platters, cups, cutlery, canoe, kayak, row boat, paddle boards, lawn games. No need to bring a lawn chair.

Club will Supply:    Burgers, dogs, buns, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, condiments, drinking water.

Information: For more information and directions to Bob’s home, see the map on the Picnic/BBQ Poster distributed by email blast to our membership. Parking is limited and there will be attendants to assist you in parking your vehicle.  Try to arrive before noon and park on the roadway to allow vehicles bringing food and supplies to use the driveway for deliveries.  You will notice a new house and family on the right side of the driveway which we share.  Please allow them access in and out from their home.  Thanks! 

Printable Poster:  BBQ/Reunion Poster

A Harriers Family Fun Day is planned for TODAY, meeting at 10:00 am at Matheson Lake, off Rocky Point Road in Metchosin.  Enjoy swimming and paddle boarding on the lake and running or hiking around the beautiful Matheson Lake trails towards Roche Cove.  The club will supply cold plates of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as drinking water.  Participants are encouraged to bring swim suits, water toys and their personal drinks.  This is Event #4 of six 40th Harriers Anniversary Celebrations available in 2018. 

Event #1 of the Anniversary Celebrations, the Harriers Annual Awards Dinner, was held in March followed by the Harriers Easter Egg Hunt at Thetis Lake in April and the Pilgrimage Run from Thetis Lake Park to the Prairie Inn Pub in June.  Following this Harriers Family Fun next week, celebrations continue with the Harriers 40-Year Reunion, BBQ/Picnic at Bob's house at McKenzie Lake on August 12 and the final event is the Hare 'n Hounds Mystery Adventure Run at Thetis Lake Park on September 3 (Labour Day).  Join us as we enjoy family, friendships, fitness, fun and food!

Pilgrimage Run - 2018

The Pilgrimage Run from Thetis Lake Park to the Prairie Inn Pub, event #3 of six Harriers 40th Anniversary Celebrations, was held on June 3 and featured 13 participants including 6 completing the full 12 Mile distance, 3 doing parts, 2 doing the 4 Mile Walk and 2 dogs.  Gary led the 12 Mile team which included Binder Kelsall, John Atkinson, Andrew Pape-Salmon, Jeff Beddoes and Yuki Otsubo.  In a family tag team Kathleen Birney joined them for the first 6 miles, and Paul Birney for the final 2 miles.  Marcia Stromsmoe completed the 6 Mile route from West Saanich Road to the Prairie Inn solo while John McKay and Bob Reid did the 4 Mile Walk to and from Keating Cross Road with their 4-legged companions, Digger and Bebe.  Bob also left for the others a giant arrow crafted from fallen branch pieces to a traditional short cut path off White Road.  Part of the route along Oldfield was full with cyclists doing the half-iron.  Encouragements were exchanged.  Chris Kelsall assisted with transportation and joined the group for lunch at the P.I. Pub.

Event #1 of the Anniversary Celebrations, the Harriers Annual Awards Dinner, was held in March followed by the Harriers Easter Egg Hunt at Thetis Lake in April.  Next up is the Harriers Family Fun Day at Matheson Lake on July 15, the Harriers 40-Year Reunion, BBQ/Picnic at McKenzie Lake on August 12 and the final event is the Hare 'n Hounds Run at Thetis Lake on September 3 (Labour Day).

Harriers and Hounds atop Scafe mountain Labour Day 2017 in record high temperature

Date:  Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labour Day)

Location:  Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain

Duration:  1.5 Hours  (It was an "Old School" 1.5 hour hike that took another half hour to get back to the barking lot).

Features:  4 different Viewpoints and 4 Brand New trails.  Views of downtown Victoria, Esquimalt Harbour, Mill Hill, Seymour Hill, Mount Douglas, Mount Work, Bear Mountain, Skirt Mountain Mount Finlayson and the Olympic Range.  A swim for the dogs in McKenzie Lake and swimming and paddle boarding for the dog masters and mistresses following the hike.  It was 33 degrees with bright sunny weather, the highest recorded temperature for any Labour Day in Victoria!


Date:  Monday, August 7, 2017 (B,C. Day)

Location:  Mount Blinkhorn in Metchosin

Duration:  1.5 Hours

Features:  Views of the Sooke Harbour, William Head, Albert Head, Witty's Lagoon and the Olympic Mountains, a swim for the dogs in Blinkhorn Lake after the hike

Participants:  13 (9 two-legged and 4 four-legged)  Bob, Jeff, Rhys, Andrew G., Ian, Christine, Terry, Elaine, Louise, Bebe, Bandit, Newt and Maisie

Coffee after the Hike:  My Chosen Cafe

Next Harriers Hounds Hike #4:  Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain, Monday September 4, 2017 (Labour Day) Duration is 90 minutes with a swim afterwards for the dogs and hikers in McKenzie Lake


Date:  Monday, August 7 2017 (BC Day) 9:00 am

Location:  Mount Blinkhorn (in Metchosin)  Meet at the small parking lot on Kangaroo Road, near the junction of Lindholm Road

Duration:   One Hour (This is our shortest hike but it includes a walk around Blinkhorn Lake)

Features:  Views of William Head, Albert Head, Sooke Basin and the Olympic Mountains, a lake for an optional swim after the hike

Participants:  Everyone is welcome as you don't need a dog to join us.  No running as it's a wilderness hike!

Coffee afterwards:  My Chosen Cafe

Next Harriers Hounds Hike #4:  Scafe Hill and Stewart Mountain, Monday September 4, 2017 (Labour Day).  Meet at the end of Westoby Road (freshly paved) at the small parking lot at 9:00 am.  Duration is 1.5 hours and we have coffee and a swim afterwards at Bob's house on McKenzie Lake.  Views of downtown Victoria, Port Angeles, McKenzie Lake and the Western Communities.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Goldstream Group Campsite

Enter off Highway 1 at Ice Cream Mountain

Arrive at 9:00 am for a run, hike or swim

BBQ and activities will start at 11:00 am

Bring a shareable food item and your own liquid refreshments

The club will supply hot dogs and hamburgers and condiments

Contact Lisa if you have questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Club Picnic Poster

The ABIN Society has successfully raised $40,000 and built their first school in Nepal, Bandhevi Primary School in Aapchaur.  They are working on their second project of raising $2,500 to provide desks for empty classrooms in Yagyamati Secondary School in Kathmandu before starting construction on their second school.   On March 11 they introduced a new trail race in East Sooke Park which was being directed by long-time Harrier, Randy Jones.  The 10K and 5K races were an outstanding success with 110 finishers in both distances.  They raised enough money to complete their second project.

2018 ABIN 10K Results

2018 ABIN 5K Results

2018 ABIN Photos by Joseph Camilleri

Current Newsletter showing completion of the first school in Nepal and details of first race in East Sooke Park

An interview with ABIN Vice President, Randy Jones about building the first school in Nepal


Date:  Monday, May 22, 2017 (Victoria Day)

Location:  Mount Sugarloaf near Sooke

Duration:  2.5 Hours

Features:  Views of the Sooke Harbour, Empress Mountain, Silver Spray Farm, the snow-peaked Olympic Range and north towards the Malahat and Shawnigan Lake

Participants:  16 (10 two-legged and 6 four-legged)  Bob, Larry, Doug, Chris, Dylan, Lara, Val, Shannon, Louise, Lisa, Bebe, Java, Scout, Abby, Maisie and Katie

Lunch after the Hike:  The Seventeen Mile House

Next Harriers Hounds Hike #3:  Mount Blinkhorn, Monday August 7, 2017 (B.C. Day) Duration is 60 minutes with a swim afterwards for the dogs in Blinkhorn Lake

Elk-Beavers-Ultra-Logo-LargeVOLUNTEERS NEEDED

So far we have 8 volunteers for the 30th annual Elk/Beaver Ultras and we could do with at least 6 more particularly in the busier portion of the race between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  A big thank you from Darcy Kernel, Race Director, to Martha McNeely, Chris Kelsall, Catherine Davis, Mike Emerson, Sharon Emerson, Mark Colegrave and Bob Reid for signing up already to help at the event on Saturday May 13.  The main tasks include timing and food for participants and all volunteers receive the official E/B 2017 technical race shirt.  Although the numbers may be smaller than any other race that the club hosts, Elk/Beaver usually generates a handsome race profit which benefits all Harriers with subsidies for wilderness runs, travel assistance and food at social events such as our club meetings, summer barbecue and annual awards night.  If you can spare a few hours on May 13, it would be much appreciated! Please contact Darcy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thank you.


Date:  Friday, April 14, 2017 (Good Friday)

Location:  Mill Hill

Duration:  60 Minutes (Short Course) and 90 minutes (Long Course)

Features:  Easter Lillies, views of Esquimalt Harbour, Olympic Mountains and Mount Baker

Participants:  16 (8 two-legged and 8 four-legged)  Bob, Garfield, John, Larry, Doug, Lara, Val, Shannon, Bebe, Owen, Visa, Diggger, Java, Scout, Abby and Guiness

Coffee after the Hike:  The Nest

Next Hounds Hike:  Mount Sugarloaf, Monday May 22, 2017 (Victoria Day) Long Course is 2.5 hours

Thanks to all 195 club members that renewed their 2017 PIH memberships online, by email, regular mail or in person.  Your names are displayed by clicking the Membership List.

Membership Draw Prize Winners:

1. Black Columbia Fleece Jacket - Frank Stebner (Vancouver)

2. Grey Lee HanTon Fleece Lined Jacket - Larry Nylen (Shawnigan Lake)

3. Black Zorell Thetis Crew Jacket - Martha McNeeley (Victoria)

4. Red/Black Striped Coolmax Harriers T-Shirt - Jack Miller (Cache Creek)

5. Black Coal Harbour Fleece Jacket - Kelly Campo (Victoria)

Prizes will be mailed to Frank and Jack while Larry, Martha and Kelly can pick their jackets up on any Saturday morning at 8:00 am or 9:00 am at the main parking lot of Thetis Lake Park.  Join us for a social run or hike with breakfast following.

If you still need to pay your fees for this year, select this Race Roster membership link for renewals  https://raceroster.com/memberships/3733/prairie-inn-harriers-running-club

COMP resizedA Yuletide Tale about a special little tree
by Wendy Davies

2016 Athletics Canada Road Running Survey

Athletics Canada is asking runners across the country to fill out the 2016 Athletics Canada Road Running Survey. These questions allow us to learn more about Canadian runners and to provide a better experience for everyone in 2017. As a thank you, all survey participants can receive a coupon for 15% off at shop.athletics.ca that is good until December 31, 2016. Please share this request, with this link, to your participants, on social media or by other means: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3028417/77ca0c7a0612

Prior Lake Panorama

Our weekly Saturday morning runs (8am) will be moving to the Thetis Lake parking lot starting October 1, 2016.

Please join us at on Saturday, October 15 at 7:40am for the annual "Harriers Hounds Race" at the main beach.

Liam Race

Liam Stanley, a member of the Harriers Youth Team, won a silver medal at the Paralympics 1,500 meter track race this morning (Sept 11).

Sandy Auburn was a long time Harrier of 30 years since joining the club in 1986.  She left us on August 26, 2016 at the age of 59 after a one and one half year struggle with pancreatic cancer.  Sandy was a very good runner in the Island Race Series, she was a Thetis Lake regular on Saturday mornings and she was a loyal member of the Hellions women's team in many Haney to Harrison and Vancouver Island Road Relays.

A New Brunswicker has taken the Vancouver Island Race Series by storm.  Edith Price recently moved to Victoria to be closer to her daughter and to enjoy the warmer winters.  She ran 6 of the 7 races in the 2016 Race Series and placed first in each race in her age division of 65-69, with a new course record in the Bazan Bay 5K.

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