Canadian Olympian Trevor Hofbauer was first across the finish line at the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon, Sunday, March 13 in Courtenay.
The two-time national champion who finished 48th in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon ran 1:08:21.
The Comox Valley Roadrunners (CVRR) host the annual RV Half, which is the fourth event in the Vancouver Island Race Series. Starting and finishing at the Florence Filberg Centre, it offers a scenic out-and-back course along Condensory, Piercy, Dove Creek and Burns roads.
There were 680 registrations for this year’s event — the most in many years.
Two-time Canadian marathon champion Jim Finlayson placed third overall and set a new course record for his age group M50-54 with a time of 1:11:41.
Roz Smith of the CVRR set a new Canadian age group (F70-74) record of 1:45:25 by beating her own previous record.
Andrea Wilson, also of the CVRR, won her category in 1:28:09 and moved into a significant lead for the top female masters runner in the series.
The race was followed by a party in the park at Simms Park.
“It was a great day for running and nice to be back for live racing again,” race director Wayne Crowe said. “(There were) 110 volunteers, and lots of community and sponsor support.”
The day started with a 5k Fun Run to culminate the annual 5 Km Learn To Run Clinic.