Perfect racing weather greeted runners from around the Island and farther away for the 42nd annul Nautical Days 4 Mile Road Race.
“We had runners from as far away as Holland this year,” said race director Karen Weller of the Comox Valley Road Runners. “Some fast times were recorded during this year’s running of the oldest continually run foot race in British Columbia,” she added.
A field of 142 runners took part in the Aug. 1 event in downtown Comox on BC Day, Aug. 1.
“We had great community sponsorship from local businesses for this event as we do every year and a wonderful crew of dedicated volunteers that made the event a great success,” said Weller.
Overall male winner was Owen Kendall of Boston in 21:30. In second place was Ernie Lucas in 22:19 followed by Jerry Loeb of Campbell River in 22:28. In what’s becoming an exciting sibling rivalry, the speedy young Commandeur brothers battled it out on the course with Scott finishing just ahead of Adam and claiming 6th overall and 1st in the M13-19 division. Steve Royer continued his perfect attendance record completing his 32nd consecutive Nautical Days run.
Kim Boskov was the top female runner with a fast time of 26:12 and was followed not far behind by Jen Hockney in 27:56 and close behind her in third place was Gert Burger in 28:21.
Male age group winners were 12 and under: Torin Halvarson; 13-19: Scott Commandeur; 20-29 Owen Kendall; 30-39 Jerry Loeb; 40-49 Ernie Lucas; 50-59 Wayne Crowe; 60-69 Barney Feenstra; and in 70 plus Adam Simpson.
Female age group winners were 12 and under Emily Keyes; 13-19 Mary Clair Geneau; 20-29 Sarah Graham; 30-39 Kim Boskov; 40-49 Shannon Lebeuf; 50-59 Karen Sibley; and 60-69 Roslyn Smith.
“Amazingly, approximately one fifth of the runners in this race were in the Male 50-59 category, and three of them were in the top 15,” Weller noted. Full race results are available at www.CVRR.ca.
“The Comox Valley Road Runners thank all participants and the numerous volunteers for making this year’s race a success. A special thank you to the race sponsors for their generous contribution and support, especially Quality Foods and Tim Hortons in Comox who provided food and coffee for the race. “Also, especially mentioning George Kacavenda, the owner of the Lorne Hotel, who allowed us to use the parking area, Russ Ball, from Audio Excellence, who not only marshalled but also set up his sound system for the race, and Tim Cowan from The Medicine Shoppe who donated the use of a power outlet and water tap for the finish area,” Weller said.
– Comox Valley Road Runners