A second British Columbia road race has been cancelled because of poor weather.
The Sooke River 10K adds to the small list of races to announce a cancellation for Sunday. Heavy snowfall is hitting much of southwestern British Columbia leaving tens of thousands without power. The Vancouver ‘First Half’ Half-Marathon, scheduled for Sunday morning in downtown Vancouver, was cancelled early Saturday because of heavy snowfall.
— Island Race Series (@vanislandseries) February 4, 2017
“We inspected the course this morning and over half the route is under slush and with a weather warning issued for the next few days we do not anticipate a positive change in conditions,” Sooke River 10K officials said. “The safety of all the participants and volunteers is always our priority and we wanted to give everyone as much notice as possible in order for plans to be made.”
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) February 4, 2017
Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for much of Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver as heavy snowfall could bring upwards of 10-20 cm. Sooke is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
The race, which was expected to feature more than 400 runners, was slated to begin at 11 a.m. PST in what would have been the third race of the Vancouver Island Race Series. Organizers are hoping to reschedule the event for March 12 with details to be determined.