Once the domain of quiet retirees, the picturesque Oceanside area of central Vancouver Island has flourished into a vibrant, growing community – and a runners’ dream come true.
On eastern Vancouver Island, about 30 minutes north of Nanaimo, two towns make up the Oceanside region: Parksville and Qualicum. Presided over by the majestic Mt Arrowsmith, the valley is surrounded by beachcombing, marine adventures, stunning scenery, amazing wildlife and unbelievable running trails.
The running scene is alive in the Oceanside region and the Oceanside Running Club Association offers several running experiences to its members, welcoming runners of all abilities.
The annual Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k/5k race gives back to the community by donating 100% of race proceeds to local organizations.