Lace up your runners! The Esquimalt 5K is a few weeks away

Get ready Victoria, one of the capital’s most scenic runs returns April 13.

Popular with everyone from walkers, para-athletes and elite runners, the Esquimalt 5K presented by Lab Health takes participants through beautiful Macaulay and Saxe Point Parks, allowing runners of all experience levels to enjoy the mountain and ocean views before returning along blossom-lined streets to the Archie Browning Sports Centre.

The 1K Kids’ Run kicks things off at 9 a.m., and parents are welcome to run alongside their kids in this fun family event, which welcomed more than 100 children last year! The 5K follows at 9:30 a.m.

“The Esquimalt 5K isn’t just a race; it’s a celebration of community spirit, health and vitality. With its scenic route and inclusive atmosphere, it’s an event not to be missed!” says Meghan Nicklin, Esquimalt Recreation Coordinator.

The Esquimalt 5K has earned its status as a local favourite not just because of the stunning waterfront course. It continues to earn its stripes as a great way to test yourself in a supportive environment.

The race is a great training test for some of the longer races coming up later in the spring.

It’s fun for families. In addition to the 1K Kids’ Run, many youth test their mettle in the longer 5K as well, in addition to others of all ages and abilities. Strollers are welcome, but will start at the back of the pack to alleviate congestion.

Following the race, head to the curling rink at the Archie Browning Sports Centre for refreshments, prizes, a fun children’s corner and a healthy living marketplace! Enjoy refreshments by Country Grocer, with prizes drawn from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Participants must be present to win, but “we promise, the prizes are worth sticking around for!” Klyne says.

Results are available online through Race Day Timing Services – look for a link at

Save big by registering early!

Although early bird pricing is now behind us, there is still a chance to sign up! Regular pricing is $30, with late registration, March 31 to April 13, at $35. Register on race day until 8:45 a.m. for $35

Registration for the 1K Kids’ Run is just $5.

Participants can register online, by phone at 250-412-8500 or stop by Esquimalt Rec Centre at 527 Fraser St.

Volunteers are also essential to any big event’s success and the Esquimalt 5K is no different, Nicklin says. Sign up yourself, with a friend or as a team-building event with your group and join the fun! Email

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