Victoria Track Series

Listen up, guys and gals!  Fellow Zoner Chris Callendar has an announcement he wants to share with the gang:

Hey Zoners,

The Victoria Track Series is starting up in just over 2 weeks.  This year there are 8 events happening throughout the summer.  The races feature the following distances: 400m, 800m, 1500m, Mile, 2000m steeple, 3000m, 5000m, and 10,000m.  They will be taking place either up at the UVic Centennial Stadium or at the Oak Bay High School Track (Jack Wallace Memorial).

Here are the 2011 dates:

Saturday May 14th – 400/800/1500m – Centennial Stadium – University of Victoria

Saturday May 28th – 400/800/1500/3000m/2000m Steeple – Centennial Stadium – UVic

Saturday June 4th – 800/1500 – Jack Wallace Memorial @ Oak Bay High School

Saturday June 18th – 400/Mile/5000m – Centennial Stadium – UVic

Saturday July 9th – 400/800/3000m – Centennial Stadium – UVic

Saturday July 23rd – 1500/5000m – Jack Wallace Memorial – Oak Bay High School

Saturday August 13th – 800/3000m – Jack Wallace Memorial – Oak Bay High School

Saturday August 27th – 5000m/10,000m – Jack Wallace Memorial – Oak Bay High School

These events are a lot of fun to compete, in as well as a lot of fun to watch!  And don’t think they are just for elite athletes wearing skimpy shorts…  There are runners of all speeds and ages at these events!  Last year there were kids races, open races (all-comers), women only races, and elite races.  There was even an 80 year man who ran 5000m in 24 minutes!  Most of the races are divided into 2 or 3 heats so that you compete against similar paced runners.  Also, last year many of the races were video taped for your viewing pleasure, too…   It’s quite interesting seeing the different running styles: from the floppy wrists to the blatant heel strikers!

To register for one or more races, visit the Victoria Track Series website:

Each race cost $10, and there are usually lots of draw prizes, finisher medals for the top 3 in each heat, and flowers for the winner.

If you have any questions feel free to post them here or contact me directly (chriscallendar at hotmail dot com).

And good luck to everyone running the TC10K this weekend!


Chris Callendar


There goes Chris, racing his heart out on the track! Looks like he's in front...

Today’s Workout

Buy-in: Kettlebell Swing skill work

  • 15 reps with a light kb
  • 15 with the kb you usually use
  • 2 x 10 with a heavy kb
  • 15 with the kb you usually use
  • focus on solid back position
  • practice shortening the arms through the middle of the swing

WOD:  “Two Step

5 rounds for time of:

•400m run

•10 steps walking lunge (holding 25/45lb weight plate – any way you like)

•10 knees to elbows

Zone 3 – scale to 15/25lb plate

Zone 2 – scale weight plate as needed, substitute double crunch for kte, scale rounds if needed

Zone 1 – scale as needed

Cash-Out: Tennis ball or lacrosse ball toss – set up some plyo boxes upside down and see what you can sink (bounces and walls are in play!)


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