The Comox Valley Road Runners will be well represented this Thanksgiving weekend as more than 30 local racers travel to the provincial capital for the 33rd Annual Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K and kids races.
The annual Thanksgiving race, held this year on Oct. 7, is a premier event with over 10,000 participants from all over the world. This racing event is often considered a “goal” race as local runners build their capacity and mileage throughout the summer and early fall then taper for the last weeks prior to the big day. There will be a number of first-time racers competing in the marathon, half marathon and 8K races this weekend and many veterans who have competed in hundreds of races.
First time marathoners: Jerry Van, Sharon Fisher, Karen Weller, Chris Stanger, Denise Warwaruk, Marion Bryan, Tom Munro, Raida Bolton.
269th marathon: Janet Green.
First half marathon: Janice McCarthy, Jane Worth, Sandy Linhart
First race ever: Hannah Bolton 8K.
Veteran racers Rick and Betty Clough: 8K.
Les Disher: Attempting to break the magical three-hour barrier in the marathon after two previous near misses.
Keith Wakelin and Vince Brotherstone are hoping for excellent results in their respective age group categories in the marathon, as is Wayne Crowe in the half marathon. Hoping to have breakthroughs are Danny Keyes in his marathon as well as Brian Rose and Chris Perry in the half marathon.
The Comox Valley Road Runners wish all local racers a challenging and satisfying race. For further information on the Comox Valley Road Runners contact www.cvrr.ca.
– Comox Valley Road Runners