The 34th Goodlife Fitness Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8K took place Sunday, Oct. 13 in Victoria. This event takes place annually on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving long weekend.
The day started off with the 8K at 7:15 a.m. featuring more than 2,600 participants. Among them were more than 60 Comox Valley runners. There were many notable local finishes. They included Hans Gane who finished 5th in his category with a time of 34:27. Emily Keyes was the top local female, finishing in 36:58 and earning an 11th place finish. Karen Weller also raced extremely well with a time of 38:48 and placing top five.
The next event, and the biggest event of the day with nearly 5,000 racers, was the half marathon. The half marathon is a beautiful 21.1km course which includes long stretches along the ocean on Dallas Road. Over 100 locals participated in this event.
Les Disher was the first local to finish, completing the race in 1:28:30 and fighting to the end to win his age group. This result is a testament to his fitness as he does his final preparation for the Boundary Bay Marathon on Nov. 3.
CVRR coach Kathy Rung showed her grit and set a great example, meeting her goal of running 1:33. Jerry Van was out enjoying the race and and had a successful day, finishing with a huge smile on his face. Don Blacklock also put in an excellent run, finishing 10th in his category. Alison James set a new personal best time of 1:44.
Congratulations also go out to Darrell Fisher, who had an excellent first half marathon. These many excellent results combined to earn the Comox Valley Road Runners the title of Top Masters Team in the half marathon.
The final event of the day was the marathon, a 42.2km route through Beacon Hill Park, along Dallas Road, into Oak Bay, and finally back along Dallas Road to finally finish directly in front of the Parliament buildings.
The weather was perfect for this gruelling race, and a new overall course record was set by Lamech Mokono in a very impressive time of 2:13:42. There were also many outstanding performances by locals.
The fastest local was Vince Brotherston, finishing an outstanding 3rd in his category and 28th overall. His time was 2:50:15. He was followed by Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) who finished 1st in his age group with a time of 2:57:48. Danny Keyes had a fantastic race, breaking the difficult 3:10 mark and placing 10th in his age group.
Marion Bryan had a great race and set a new personal best of 3:33. Sharon Fisher also raced well, finishing very close to the four-hour mark. The hard work of the entire team also earned the Comox Valley Road Runners the top spot in the Masters Team category at the marathon distance.
With so many local participants it was impossible to mention all of the great performances. Be sure to check out the full results at racedaytiming.ca. Congratulations go out to all of the locals who completed in these events.
All runners are encouraged to check out the Comox Valley Road Runners, either online at cvrr.ca or at the track every Tuesday at 5 p.m.
– Comox Valley Road Runners