Derek Vinge leads the way for Comox Valley Road Runners at Bazan Bay 5K

Derek Vinge (#680) was eighth overall and led the CVRR in an impressive time of 15:50 at the Bazan Bay 5K.

Derek Vinge (#680) was eighth overall and led the CVRR in an impressive time of 15:50 at the Bazan Bay 5K.

Rain or shine? Both!

The 552 runners who showed up for the annual Bazan Bay 5K road race in Sidney on March 6 were welcomed with intervals of rain, wind and sunshine. The race started amidst a torrential downpour, but by the 2.5 km turnaround it was starting to clear, and racers and spectators alike enjoyed sunshine at the finish line.

Comox Valley Road Runners had 21 participants running alongside runners from all over the Island and some from Vancouver and beyond.

“It was absolutely incredible to see the variety of people out for this race,” a CVRR spokesperson said.

“Running is for all ages and abilities and, like many others sports, brings people together from different cultures and communities. Doing a race is not just about our times and how we placed. A race is about the car ride with other runners that you don’t always get a chance to see. A race is about the volunteers that are dancing in the parking lot when you arrive, or cheering you on out on the course.

“A race is about making new friends and bumping into old ones. Going to a race is also about post-race random adventures with friends to downtown Vic to eat yummy food and enjoy being a tourist – even if just for a couple of hours.”

The Bazan Bay 5K also represented the two-week countdown to the Comox Valley Half Marathon on Sunday, March 20. Each year the CVRR half marathon brings about 500 people out to run the beautiful Courtenay countryside course along Condensory, Dove Creek and Burns Roads, starting and finishing at the Florence Filberg Centre.

To register, visit cvrr.ca

 

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