About Us

Schedule of CVRR Meetings for 2019
- all meetings are on Mondays at 7:00 PM
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - January 14
Lewis Centre – Craft Room A - February 11
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - March 11
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - April 15
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - May 13
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - June 10
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - September 9
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - October 7
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A - November 4
Lewis Centre - Craft Room A – December 9
CVRR Board of Directors 2018
President - Ron Crowther - president@cvrr.ca
Past President - Roz Smith
Vice President - Fred Bigelow
Secretary - Rob Kelly
Treasurer - Kristy Lukewich
Director - Leslie Dargie
Director - Wayne Crowe
Director - Gord Harris
Director - Marion Bryan
Director - Tom Dargie
Director - Derek Richmond
CVRR Coordinators
Membership – Sheila van Gisbergen – registrar@cvrr.ca
Website - Scott Prager - webmaster@cvrr.ca
Promotions - Wendy Sutton - events@cvrr.ca
Pr/Media - Brad Crowe - reporter@cvrr.ca
Equipment Manager - Peter Ashmore - equipment@cvrr.ca
Club Clothing - Greg Jones - swag@cvrr.ca
5km Run Clinic - Eric mcKechnie - 5kclinic@cvrr.ca
CVRV ½ Marathon - Wayne Crowe - cvhalf@gmail.com
Cumby Race - Cathy Clark - cumby@cvrr.ca
5th Street Mile - Rob Kelly - rob@modern-rocket.com
Nautical Days 4 Mile - Leslie Dargie - nauticalday4mile@cvrr.ca
CV Exhibition Kids - Wayne Crowe - cvhalf@gmail.com
Jingle Bell Run - vacant - jinglebellrun@cvrr.ca
Run4Fun - vacant
VIRA Island Races - Wayne Crowe - cvhalf@gmail.com
Pool Running - Derek Richmond - d-r@telus.net
                      - Tracy Kennett - tracykennett33@gmail.com
                      - Roz Smith - bobroz@shaw.ca

Communications: Information and discussions are emailed to all Club members on a regular basis. Thursday track training activities are posted HERE. Information about our various programs, including weekly group runs, are posted on our website as well. Please contact our President HERE if you have further questions.

Club Teams: The CVRR is involved at the team competition level at the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon, the Island Trail Race Series and the VIRA Island Road Race Series.

Club Meetings: We encourage members to attend monthly meetings held the second Monday of each month. Meetings are held at the Lewis Centre (489 Old Island Highway). Schedule posted at the beginning of this page.

Social Events: The social committee adds the spice to our running community by offering many special events, such as dress up days for a Tacky Sweater Warm-up run, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween. They also organize a Snowshoe/Fondue/Games Day, a Summer Solstice BBQ, the Christmas Party & Dance and the New Year's Eve Bikini Blast Off!  Past events have included Breakfast runs, Potlucks, Bowling, the 400 m Clothing Relay and the Spring Fling Dance.

Event Equipment: The club has timing equipment, course marking and measuring tools, Start/Finish gate, road signs, vests, and signs for course marshals and volunteers. This equipment can be available to other groups. Contact our Equipment Coordinator HERE for further information.

Run Organization: The club organizes the annual 5K Running Clinic; the Island Series Comox Valley RV 1/2 Marathon; the July 1st Courtenay 5th Street Mile; the Comox Nautical Days Four- Mile Foot Race (the oldest continuous running event in British Columbia); the Memorial Run/ Walk; and the Jingle Bell Christmas Benefit run. Awards, draw prizes and hot food are the order of the day. All runners and walkers are welcome.

Club Coach: Works with the CVRR members on a regular basis at our Tuesday Track sessions. This runs all year long on Tuesdays at 5 pm at the Sports Centre Track. These workouts are meant to be speed sessions.
We welcome runners of all abilities and ages but they should be able to run at least 3km at a steady pace.
Runners work to their own levels of fitness and strength. All members are welcome to attend these sessions to add variety to their running and improve their running ability. Non- members are welcome to attend a session before joining the CVRR. Come on out and meet everyone and have fun while you improve your fitness! See more details HERE.

Annual 5K Running Clinic A popular community event introducing running and walking as a fitness and social activity. Starting in the middle of January, the clinic instructs new runners/walkers for ten weeks, culminating in a 5K Fun Run/Walk. Get more information HERE.

How to Join: The CVRR has over 150 members covering the full range of running ability. Family memberships allow group involvement of all family members for a reduced fee. The annual dues to join the club are: $20.00 for a single and $30.00 for a family membership. Sign up HERE.


CVRR History

The Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) was founded May 7, 1980. Dick Merrick was first club president. He was succeeded by Bent Harder, who served until 1989. Early leaders were Gary Holt, Sally Kunz, Alex Stuart, and John Crouch.

The club's first organized running event was the Cumberland Empire Days 3 Miler on May 18, 1981. In May of 1985, Leo Vogel of the CVRR organized a relay run to Victoria to hand over a donation cheque to Steve Fonyo. A team of ten runners moved a baton with over $6,000 from Courtenay to Victoria in just over 16 hours. This event stimulated John Crouch and others to establish the Island Relay as an annual event.

In 1992, club members Al Munday and John Ingram were instrumental in working with the local Rotary Club to establish the first 24 Hour Relay to benefit St. Joseph's Hospital in Comox. Over the next four years the event raised over $140,000. In 1998 the CVRR made a charitable donation of $2.00 per entrant from the Comox Valley 1/2 Marathon. The Jingle Bell Run contributes to the local food bank.



Club Presidents since 1980:

1980 -1980 - Dick Merrick
1981-1989 - Bent Harder
1990-1991 - Dave Page
1992-1995 - Al Munday
2006-2001 - Keith Wakelin
2002-2003 - Dave Faubert
2004-2004 - Leslie Dargie
2005-2005 - Eleanor Gamache
2006-2006 - Peter Moore
2007-2010 - Jim Smiley
2011-2012 - Wayne Crowe
2013 - 2017 -  Roslyn Smith
2018-present - Ron Crowther