Runners and walkers have two options to bid farewell to 2016. Both the annual Resolution Run and the 28th annual Run Through Time happen Saturday, Dec. 31. The Resolution Run starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Victoria Running Room. For route map, registration and other details visit: www.resolutionrun.ca.
The Run Through Time, in support of Runners for Compassion and Every Step Counts, offers a 5km run and 3km walk from the University of Victoria’s McKinnon Building. The course wraps around Ring Road and into the inner core then back out. With registration, receive a free head lamp to light your run. This family-friendly event is for all ages and includes light refreshments. To register and for additional information visit www.raceroster.com.
The Westshore Wolves are back at full speed this week, playing the Peninsula Panthers at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, Dec. 30) at Panorama Arena. On Wednesday, Jan. 4 the Wolves host the Kerry Park Islanders at 7 p.m. at the Q Centre, before finishing up the week with a rematch against the Islanders in Kerry Park on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Following a week-long roadtrip to Cowichan, Nanaimo, Langley, Wenatchee and Surrey, the Victoria Grizzlies return to Victoria Jan. 12 for a four-game home stand, opening with Nanaimo. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
The Victoria Royals are also on the road, returning to home ice Jan. 11, when they host the Kelowna Rockets for two.
Looking ahead in lower Island women’s soccer, the nominations are in and the annual All Stars Game hits the Layritz Turf Field Sunday, Jan. 8. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The first game will include players from Premier and Div. 1, home to the West Shore’s Juan de Fuca FC and Juan de Fuca United. The second game includes players from Div. 2, 3 and Over 30s and will start at 2:30 p.m.
High school basketball is back as the Belmont senior boys are back in action Tuesday, Jan. 3 when they host Claremont for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. With just a day’s rest, the boys travel to Parkland Thursday, Jan. 5 for a 7:30 p.m. start.
In Div. 2 play, Royal Bay hosts Reynolds Tuesday, Jan. 3, also at 7:30 p.m.
Belmont’s senior girls start play Tuesday, Jan. 3 when they host Oak Bay for a 5:45 p.m. tip-off.
With soccer and hockey well under way, local baseball fans will be eying spring training. Triangle Athletic Association aims to launch a the start of a new website Jan. 1, offering families online early bird registration – visit www.triangleathleticassociation.com to learn more.
Registration for the coming season is also open for Juan de Fuca Lacrosse, offering teams from mini-tykes (born in 2011/12) to intermediate (born 1999/2000). Female-only teams are available for those born between 1996 and 2008. Visit www.jdflacrosse.com to learn more.
Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Doug Seconday School. Send your coming sports events to firstname.lastname@example.org