About IRR

Island Road Racers are a group of dedicated runners committed to working together to provide support and encouragement to individuals who want to run.We are located on the West Coast of Canada in the city of Victoria, British Columbia. We welcome all runners of all abilities to our club and encourage guests to drop in on any of our workouts. We provide coaching, motivation, support and group training sessions in a structured environment. Bring your enthusiasm and desire to run!


Frequently Asked Questions about the Island Road Racers

1. Can I just come along, or do I have to join?

You do not need to join at first; guests are always welcome at IRR workouts. If you decide you like the club and want to train regularly with us we will collect a $20/year membership fee.

2. Where do you train?

We are located in Victoria BC. Our runs take place at various locations in the Greater Victoria area. Some of our routes include: Cedar Hill Golf Course, Elk/Beaver Lake, 7 Hills and Beacon Hill Park. Check out our club runs link for dates and times.

3. How far do you run?

Our workouts range from 200 meters around the track to 35 minute out and backs. We usually run a 15-20 minute warm-up and cool down in addition to our workouts resulting in about 1 hour of running. Come for part or all of the run.

5. How much does it cost to join?

Yearly membership is $20 and includes a running shirt. We also participate in multiple running events throughout the year where you can participate as a club member. The club also organizes a few social events throughout the year to which all members are welcome!

Club Runs

Club runs are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year. Please feel free to come and join us, whether you're visiting the area, looking for a running club, or just want to add an additional group workout to your week.

Cedar Hill Golf Course

Cedar Hill
Workout: Hills/Intervals
Day: Tuesday
Training Period: July - September
Start Time: 5:30

This workout takes place on a 4 km chip trail around the Cedar Hill golf course. Hilly and somewhat forgiving (depending on your pain threshold!) this interval workout will take you past arbutus trees, rocky outcrops, golf greens, and is always sunny. Meet at the parking lot to the right of the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre for a warm up lap. A great speed and strength workout.

Elk & Beaver Lake

Workout: Intervals
Day: Thursday
Training Period: April - September
Start Time: 5:30

Elk & Beaver Lake are at the center of Victoria's running mecca. On Thursdays we incorporate intervals, ranging from 2 – 10 minutes, into this 10km loop. These intervals provide an opportunity for you to work on maintaining a faster pace over longer distances. Meet at the Beaver Lake paved upper parking lot at 5:30pm.

University of Victoria Track

Workout: Speed/Intervals
Day: Tuesday
Training Period: October - April
Star Time: 5:30

Shake off the rust and train your legs to move more quickly and efficiently. Held at the University of Victoria 's Centennial stadium this workout focuses on speed. A different workout is provided each week. Workouts incorporate warm-up drills and stretching and consist of intervals that range from 200m to 1200m. Meet at 5:15pm for a warm-up around the beautiful Alumni Chip Trail.

Seven Hills

Workout: Hills
Day: Thursday
Training Period: November - May
Start Time: 5:30

With the likes of the mythical Robleda, Gonzales, Oak Shade and Lotbiniere this “Group of 7” is another Canadian treasure. Arguably the most memorable hill run in the city this route takes you through the streets of Fairfield and Oak Bay. Meet at the downtown YMCA at 5:30pm. During the VIRA island series (January to April) we alternate hill repeats on Gonzales Hill. Reflective clothing and headlamps are recommended.

Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill
Workout: Long Intervals/Miles
Day: Tuesday
Training Period: September - November
Start Time: 5:30

With a perfect mile loop around the park and a scenic out-and-back along the water this is the perfect location for some longer training intervals. Done in preparation for the Victoria Marathon it gets the legs and lungs fine tuned for the longer distance. The perfect ice bath awaits you at the end. Meet at the Beacon Hill Petting Zoo.

Island Running Clubs

Prairie Island Harriers - Established in 1978, PIH is Vancouver Island's largest running club.

Team West Coast Triathlon Club - Team West Coast is an active Triathlon club that welcomes members of any discipline to join and train with them.

Bastion Running Club - The Bastion Running Club is Nanaimo's running club, representing the city and the region from Nanoose to Ladysmith.

Oceanside Running Club Association (ORCA) - Team Orca is located in the Parksville & Qualicum area and provides a friendly environment for runners of all capabilities.

CeeVacs Roadrunners - Comox Valley Road Runners promotes the development and growth of running in the Comox Valley by providing leadership, education and social opportunities, along with programs and running events, for runners of all abilities.

Comox Valley Road Runners - Comox Valley

Juan de Fuca FunRunners - The Juan de Fuca FunRunners club welcomes runners of all level from walkers to runners.

Sooke Trail and Road Runners - STARR is a club dedicated to promoting running, fitness and just plain fun. Our members run, hike, walk, swim, and even canoe or kayak--it is about good fun and good people.