TC10K 2018

TC10K Race Details
TC10K Route Map

Wheelchair Athletes
Visually Impaired Athletes
Nordic Pole Walking
Prize Money

TC10K Race Details

Come out and enjoy this 10K loop around downtown Victoria and Dallas Road. The TC10K start line is at Government and Belleville Street between the Empress Hotel and the Provincial Legislature.

TC10K features:
Thrifty Foods Family Run
  • scenic course
  • amazing on-course entertainment
  • technical t-shirt
  • custom finishers’ medal
  • post race recovery zone
  • 1.5k course
  • pre-race fun with mascots
  • cotton t-shirt
  • finishers’ medal
  • post race snacks

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Wheelchair Athletes and Visually Impaired Athletes start at 7:55 a.m. with the rest of the racers beginning at 8:00 am.

Fee, Transfer & Cancellation Policy

  • Online registration closes at 10:59am on Friday April 27, (on site  sign up available at expo)
  • BC Athletics members are eligible for a $3 discount, you will be asked for your membership # during registration (to look up your membership # check HERE)
  • A processing fee will be charged at check out
  • Registrations are non-refundable (transfers permitted)
  • All funds payable in Canadian dollars

TC10K Route Map

Click HERE to open Course Map in PDF

2016 Course Profile


Please go to our REGISTRATION PAGE for all prices and the registration deadlines.

2018 T-Shirt Images

We are very excited to announce that for 2018 we will be providing technical running shirts to all 10K participants.

Age Divisions

19 & under 35 – 39 55 – 59 75 – 79
20 – 24 40 – 44 60 – 64 80 – 84
25 – 29 45 – 49 65 – 69 85 – 89
30 – 34 50 – 54 70 – 74 90 +

Time Restriction

Based on our City of Victoria permit and route closures, participants must be able to finish by noon. Please note this will be strictly enforced and anyone finishing outside of this time will not have their time recorded.

Aid Stations

There will be three aid stations on the route serving water.   Please see the route map above for locations.  If you have a group who would be interested in managing or sponsoring an aid station, please contact



Portapotties are located at the Start Line / Festival area and on Course. At the start they are located on the west side of the Legislature Grounds by Confederation fountain and on Government St towards Superior

On the 10k route Portapotties are located at:

3.8km    Moss & Fairfield after the aid station
4.8km    South side of Dallas opposite Memorial
6.5km    South side of Dallas in Beacon Hill Park
8.5km    West Side of Dallas at Niagara

Public Washrooms available at 4.8km (Dallas & Memorial), 6km (Dallas & Cook), 7.3km (Dallas & Govt).


The race will be chip timed by SportStats West and a half-way split will be provided.

Package Pickup

Visit our RACE WEEKEND page for information on package pickup hours and details about our Expo.

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TC10K Wheelchair Athletes

Wheelchair athleteBoth competitive and recreational wheelchair athletes are invited to participate in the TC10K.

Competitive wheelchair athletes will start 5 minutes before the elite athletes at 7:55 am.

Recreational Wheelchair athletes are asked to start with the 1.40+ pace group.

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TC10K Visually Impaired Athletes

The TC10K is proud to offer to its visually impaired participants both a separate visually impaired results category and the option of an early start. Participation in the new category and the early start, as opposed to competing within their regular age groups and starting seeded at their regular pace time, are both completely optional.

All participants who identify as visually impaired, whether participating in the new category or not, will be provided with a free entry for their guide and the option of starting the race at 7:55 am. Bibs identifying VI runners and guides are available for use and we recommend their use for both early and main-field starts.  Bibs can be picked up at the race package pickup.

Our concern for runner safety is paramount. Therefore, we request that all runners who are slower than those around them stay to the left of the course as much as possible, obey the instructions of course marshals and provide their fellow runners with an easy method of passing.

Visually Impaired Athletes

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TC10K Nordic Pole Walking

Pole WalkersNordic pole walkers are welcome in the TC10K, but we ask that you read the rules below to ensure we keep yourself and others safe. The start area can be very crowded and we want to ensure everyone gets off to a great start.

  • It is your responsibility to store, carry and use the poles in a safe manner at all times before, during and after the event. In addition, your poles must be labelled with your name and phone number.
  • It is your responsibility to protect your poles and not get them stepped on! At all times when NOT on the course, carry both poles in one hand with the tips pointing down.
  • The Pole Walkers will start in the last flight (1.40+ hour time), so strategize by parking and walking directly to the end of the start corrals.
  • While waiting on course for the start, and moving forward towards the start line, fold your arms and carry your poles close to your chest.
  • After crossing the start line continue to keep arms folded and poles close to the chest until the congestion thins and there is clear space to start using the poles safely.
  • While moving along the course follow the rules of the “highway”: stay to the right of the course in the “travel” lane, look behind you for oncoming participants before pulling out into the “passing lane”, announce your intention to pass by saying loudly “passing on your left”, look behind you for clearance space before moving back into the “travel” lane.
  • In congested areas, walk in single file. In clear areas walking two people wide is permissible.
  • Water Stations: if you use a water station, 20 feet before water station, put both poles in one hand with tips pointing down. Grab water cup with free hand and keep moving. After exiting water station, do not put poles into action until it is clear to do so safely.
  • If you drink water from your fanny pack, either move to the shoulder, stop, drink water, and move back into the flow of participants when it is clear to do so OR put both poles in one hand with tips pointing down, keep walking, grab your water bottle with free hand. Make sure the area is clear before putting poles back into action.
  • If there is a surface change and you need to put on or take off rubber “boot tips” move to the shoulder, stop, and take boots tips off or on, and return to the flow of traffic when it is safe to do so. Only if you have been instructed in the acceptable safe way to change boot tips on the fly, may you do so. If you are changing boot tips on the course in an unsafe manner, a route Marshall will pull you off the course to make the change.
  • Nordic pole walking is a WALKING event so one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times.

Nordic Pole Walking as a Team

  • Pole walkers may participate as a team of four (quad), three (triplet), or two (pair).
  • All of the above terms of participation apply to all team members.
  • Identify your team in some way (same T-shirt, same hats, team name on shirts, etc)
  • Affix an armband to each arm of each participant on your team with the number 4, 3, or 2 in figures at least 4 inches high, to identify the members as a team of 4, or 3 or 2.
  • Team participants always walk in single file except when the lead walker peels off
  • When maneuvering as a team through the other event participants, make sure there is time to get all team members through safely.
  • The time of the last member of the team to cross the finish line is the official time for the entire team.
  • If there is room to safely do so, and if team members wish to do so, team members may walk abreast for the last few meters of the course and cross the finish line together.

For more information about Nordic Pole Walking in the TC10K, please contact Linda at

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Elite Athletes

Jane MurageThe TC10K will once again host a number of elite athletes from around the world.

The TC10K is organized and operated by the Victoria International Running Society, a non-profit organization. The event is one of Canada’s largest 10K’s and has a 27 year history within the Victoria Community.

A limited number of elite entries are available on a complimentary basis.  Please note that our elite program offers complimentary registration only, and does not cover travel and other expenses except in the case of current course record holders and runners who have 1st place finishes overall (per gender) in other 10K races over the past 12 months.  Each application for our elite program is considered on an individual basis.  Travel expenses costs have limited availability so please apply early if you intent to request travel cost reimbursement.

Registered elite athletes agree to allow The Times Columnist 10K to announce their participation at the event’s discretion using all media outlets in print, online, social media etc.  Registered elite athletes also agree to conduct media interviews regarding their participation in the race as requested.

Travel, accommodation and complimentary entries will be limited and decisions will be made at the sole discretion of the Elite Athlete Coordinator.

To apply to be an Elite Athlete, email:

Elite Athlete Qualifying Standards for the TC10K

Our elite program is designed to attract top of class runners to The Times Columnist 10K.  Elite runners must qualify using the criteria below and contact our elite coordinator before April 23rd, 2018.

  • Open men 32:00
  • Open women 37:00
  • Master men (40+) 36:00
  • Master women (40+) 41:00

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Prize Money

  • Prize money will be given in the following categories this year: Overall, Canadian Resident, Island resident, Masters and top overall M/F Juniors (19 and under).
  • Prize money will be distributed to the top 3 runners overall in the TC10K in the above categories.
  • For the 10K there is a course record prize of $1,000 for both male and female.
  • The top Canadian male and female will each receive $500.
  • Prize money awards are equal for men and women.
  • Prize money distribution is based upon gun time results for overall and Masters Division.
  • A review of the results will occur prior to the awards ceremony and prize money disbursements.
  • Decisions of the race referee and jury of appeal are final and cannot be contested.
  • The awards ceremony will begin at 10:00 am; winners are requested to be present to receive their awards.
  • Masters Division competitors are defined as 40 years old and older.
Overall Men & Woman* Canadian Resident* M/F Vancouver Island Resident* M/F
1st $1,000 1st $500 1st $500
2nd $500 2nd $250 2nd $250
3rd $250 3rd $125 3rd $125
Masters Division* M/F Top Jr – 19 years of age
1st $125 1st Male $300
2nd $75 1stFemale $300
3rd $50

*Elite athletes can win prize money in Overall, Canadian Resident and Vancouver Island Resident       categories.

Canadian Resident – A resident of Canada for the 12 months prior to the race.

Vancouver Island Resident – A resident of Vancouver Island for the 12 months prior to the race.

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