ORCA Christmas Party

Orca Holiday Party 2019

You are invited to the Orca Holiday Party
Saturday December 14
Time: 6 pm Onward
Location: Qualicum Beach Community Hall,
644 Memorial Ave (by the curling club)
Music by Groundswell, bring your dancing shoes
This is a Potluck and BYOB
PSST, to help make this a successful Party, we are looking for volunteers to help set up and clean up. Please contact Barb Wildman-Spencer if you can help in anyway.

Tuesday Tempo starts over Oct 22nd

New Tempo training session starts over Oct 22nd

If you are considering Running the Island Race Series or the Comox 1/2 Marathon in 2020 this is a good time to get started. This is a good way to boost your pace and endurance, everyone works at their own pace, a great place to start.
This is generally out and back style training.
First session will be 3 X 5 minutes of training with recovery period.

Time:Tuesday evening at 6 PM
Location: Ballenas High School parking lot, to the left side of the school.

To contact the Tempo leader, use the form below

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Ken Owen Award

Ken Owen

The Ken Owen Award is presented annually to the Team ORCA member voted “most inspirational” by their teammates.

The award was created by Mike Bourcier and Michele Levesque to commemorate Ken Owen (pictured to the right), a long-time member of Team ORCA who passed away in 2005. Ken was a great friend to Team ORCA, and loved running, triathlons, and the camaraderie of his running friends.

The recipient of this award is chosen for his or her “INSPIRATION” to other members of ORCA. The criteria for the award is that it is to be given to the person who, through his/her dedication, tenacity, comeback, etc. has been an inspiration to us all.

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Racer of the Year

Donated by Rhys Harrison, the aim of this award is to encourage members to enter races and especially to support our local Vancouver Island Series.

Any publicly advertised road or trail running races would count but not track, triathlon, or multi-sport adventure races. Any location including outside Canada is eligible.

Adult male or female members of good standing over the full year can apply. Speed is of no consequence, so anyone can win.

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2019 Mother’s Day Race Donations

Doug Marshall (President: Team ORCA) and Donna de Bellefeuille (Race Director: Oceanside Mother’s Day Run), present cheques to Haven Society, Mid Island Distance Club and Forward House. Julie Field, branch manager and staff of the RBC, Qualicum with their donation to Haven Society through their Day of Service in the Oceanside community, providing 7 volunteers on race day.

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Mother’s Day Race 2020



Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k run and 5k run/walk

Sunday May 10, 2020
Race Central: Parksville Curling Club

The 10k run (map) is for runners only, competitive or recreational. Walkers, strollers and baby joggers are NOT allowed.   It is a BC Athletics certified course BC-2014-034-BDC making it attractive for competitors seeking a personal best time or 10k certification. For the recreational runner, it is fun and scenic. The course surface is road and groomed trails through the Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park. Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in 5 year age categories.

The 5k run/walk (map) route is a loop on road and some trail along the Englishman River Estuary. This is the course to choose if you are walking or pushing a stroller or baby jogger. Awards will be presented to the first three participants to cross the finish line.

Race Number Pickup takes place in the Parksville Curling Club at Parksville Community Park from 8:00am – 9:30am. Race numbers not picked up by the commencement of the event are forfeited and regarded as a charity donation.

Race Start for the 5K and 10K is at 10:00am. The race starts on Pioneer Crescent cul-de-sac, a short walk up the hill from the Parksville Curling Club.  Both courses will be closed at 11:30am.  Marshals and water stations will not be available after 11:30am.

Facilities: Washrooms are located in the Curling Club and in the Community Park. There are no toilets at the start line.  There is free parking in the park.

Post Race: Refreshments are provided for registered participants. Awards will start at approximately 12:00 noon with many draw prizes to be given away during the presentations, with a grand prize draw at the end. Only participants who are present are eligible to receive draw prizes.

Volunteers are an important part of our race day. Your smiles, energy and enthusiasm add to the success of our event. We can’t do it without you. Volunteers are eligible for draw prizes on race day.

Safety: For safety and liability reasons the following are not allowed on the course: dogs, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, earbuds or earphones.

Donations: ORCA donates race proceeds to local charities. Your donations are kindly accepted. You can make a donation when you register online or mail the printable registration with your donation to support any of our charities.



For more information or to contact the Race Director, use the form below.

Learn to Run Clinic

Description For adults, 19 years or older who want to learn or relearn healthy running skills at a personalized pace in a friendly group, ORCA offers a spring Learn to Run Program in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.     Build your endurance and find your stride, gradually increasing to 30-45 minutes of running continuously over the course of 14 weeks . Join us for a gentle, safe and fun training program. We meet in all kinds of weather. Dress appropriately.
Prerequisite A pair of running shoes, determination and the ability to walk briskly and continuously for 30-45 minutes (not window shopping pace).
Level Beginners, former runners or runners returning from injury.
Cost $40. Includes a 2019 ORCA Club membership, a non-transferable entry into the Oceanside Mother’s Day 5k on May 12, 2019 and a final wrap up social event.
Registration Register online with Race Roster. Once your registration is received, Doug will contact you with further details on the program.     Alternatively, request a registration package from Doug by using the form below.
When Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 6:45pm, starting on February 6th, 2019
Location Mostly Parksville/Qualicum locations which will be announced before each Wednesday session.
Contact Please use the form below if you have any questions for Doug.
Learn to Run Contact Form
Use this form to contact the Learn to Run Leader
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