The weather was sunny but breezy for 618 runners at the Vancouver Island Race Series Bazan Bay 5K on March 8. Twenty of these participants were the Valley’s own Comox Valley Road Runners.
The fairly flat out-and-back course began at Sidney’s Tulista Park stretching slightly uphill along Lochside drive towards Cy Hampton Park. The headwind faced by runners in the second half of the race proved a surprise for some of the first-time participants.
The race was swift and competitive as some of the Islands best runners were joined by young Stefan Daniel (M16-19) of the University of Calgary who took the race with a first place finish time of 15:11.
The CVRR men were well represented with five top-three finishes. Both Derek Vinge (M30-34) and Vince Brotherston (M50-54) finished first in their categories, with Ken Richardson (M70-74) placing second in his age group. Neil Holm (M45-49) and Wayne Crowe (M60-64, Extreme Runners/Asics) managed third-place finishes.
There were also seven other top 10 Road Runner finishers in this fast-paced, competitive race.
New to the group this year is eight-year-old budding star Aneka Barber. Aneka reported that she was “Relieved when the race was over,” but quite impressed with the post-race snacks, a great reward for her tough race! Aneka plans to participate in the Goddess Run 5K with her mom, and also the KidsRun4Fun here in the Comox Valley in April.
– Comox Valley Road Runners