Lots of exciting things have been happening with the Comox Valley Road Runners!

At last week’s Thursday night trail (TNT) run Lene Curts (owner of Extreme Runners on 5th Street) was recognized for her significant contributions to the community over the years. Yes, she helps people find the perfect pair of shoes, but more importantly Lene is super passionate about promoting community events and sharing her knowledge and experience with others.  

Also, ‘The Cumby’ trail race on May 28th raised $9000 for the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS), and CVRR presented it to the board members on Tuesday evening after a sports centre track workout and solstice BBQ.  The CCFS is making a final drive towards the purchase of the Space Nugget portion of the forest.  You can find more information on the CCFS website at and you can make a donation there as well. 


Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 20:09

Here we are! The number one running club on the Island. Yup, thatʼs right. The Comox Valley Road Runners won the Frontrunners Island Race Series, crushing (in a friendly way) the Prairie Inn Harriers of Victoria (who had not lost to anyone since 2002) by 261 points. We had 34 members lace up their shoes for this very auspicious 10K race in Sooke yesterday; some were running injured, some hadnʼt raced in a year...or more!...a couple of non running spouses walked the course for the points and one of us, our Diane Palmason, came simply to run in her late Ernieʼs shoes. There is a big story there so donʼt hesitate to ask one of us, it will make you shiver :-)

What is it that makes a running team great? Is it long legs, big lungs, youth and money? One look at this motley crew and you understand that itʼs pride, determination and a common goal that binds it together. We had 66 members, just over half the club, come out to some, one or all of the 7 contests in the series from January through to April. This is an excellent ratio showing how involved and vibrant CVRR is. These runs are addictive, I know because I agreed to come to “just one” and there I am smiling in the photo of my 4th. Do you have to be fast to enjoy these events? Absolutely not! They are specifically designed to get everybody on the Island racing. Donʼt feel like youʼd “fit in” ? ... really? Do we not look friendly to you? Join us next year for the 2017 Series because, as one of my running buddies put it, “ We have a well deserved target on our backs now”. Itʼs still a great feeling being first though

Cheers; Leslie Dargie

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 10:20
Rain or shine? Both! 552 runners showed up for the annual Bazan Bay 5 km road race in Sidney on Sunday March 6th and were welcomed with intervals of rain, wind and sunshine. The race started amidst a torrential downpour, but by the 2.5 km turnaround it was starting to clear, and racers and spectators alike enjoyed sunshine at the finish line. Comox Valley Road Runners had 21 runners participating, running alongside runners from all over the island and some from Vancouver and beyond.

It was absolutely incredible to see the variety of people out for this race! Running is for all ages and abilities, and, like many others sports, brings people together from different cultures and communities. Doing a race is not just about our times and how we placed. A race is about the car ride with other runners that you don’t always get a chance to see.   A race is about the volunteers that are dancing in the parking lot when you arrive, or cheering you on out on the course. A race is about making new friends and bumping into old ones. Going to a race is also about post-race random adventures with friends to downtown Vic to eat yummy food and enjoy being a tourist - even if just for a couple hours.

Sunday’s Bazan Bay 5k also represented the two-week countdown to the Comox Valley Half Marathon on Sunday March 20th. Each year the CVRR half marathon brings about 500 people out to run the beautiful Courtenay countryside course along Condensory, Dove Creek and Burns Roads, starting and finishing at the Florence Filberg Centre. Please visit to register if you haven’t already!

Thank you kindly,


Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 17:57

On Sunday February 21st,  393 Runners took on the steep hills and challenging trails of the beautiful and historic Royal Roads University Campus at the annual Hatley Castle 8K in Colwood.

Despite the forecast calling for rain, it managed to hold off until all runners had finished.

Comox Valley Road Runners had a strong showing of 16 finishers in the race with Kevin Park posting the fastest time of 30:32, good enough for 5th in the men's 30-34 age category.

Mike Bridges was close behind, earning 2nd in men's 45-49.

Several club members earned the top spot in their age categories, including Danny Keyes (M55-59), Wayne Crowe (M60-64), Les Disher (M65-69), and Marion Bryan taking the win in F40-44. 

Notable mentions are Scott Prager who's been improving by leaps and bounds to get himself a 3rd place spot in the M50-54, Keith Wakelin 3rd (M50-59), and Ken Richardson with 3rd (M70-74).

Congratulations to all participants in the race that made the trip down. You represented the Comox Valley well!

With 4 races completed and 3 races remaining in the 2016 VIRA Island Series, CVRR is sitting in 2nd place in the overall club standings, and only getting stronger, though Nanaimo’s Bastion Running Club is trailing close behind!

The next race is the Bazan Bay 5K in Sidney on March 6th. Let's hope for good weather and fast times there as well!

You don't have to race to join the Comox Valley Road runners... It's a great social group and fitness club too!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 20:43

Five Comox Valley Road Runners represented the community well as they joined more than two thousand other racers in the 21.1 km First Half Marathon held on Februrary 14 in Vancouver. It was a cold and wet day for racing along a route that included a frigid loop of the Stanley Park Seawall. 

Competitors were lead by Olympian Eric Gillis, who completed the course in a time of  1:05:46. The first woman finisher was Dayna Pidhoresky who finished in a time of 1:15:11.
Comox Valley Racers were lead by fast improving Mike Bridges who had a excellent performance. He set a personal best time by more than four minutes to finish fourth in the very competitive M40-44 age group and a stellar 52nd  overall in the event, with a time of 1:20:14. Brian Stewart continued his recent strong performances with another great race, winning M55-59 in a great time of 1:22:38, finishing 70th overall. He was followed closely by hard charging Danny Keyes, who finished 2nd in the M55-59 age group and 103rd overall in a time of 1:25:41. Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) returned from injury to dominate the M60-64 age group, winning by over five minutes and finishing 148th overall, in a time of 1:27:52.  Honorable mention goes to Janet Green, who completed her twelfth First Half Marathon in spite of a recent shoulder dislocation. She is already on the road to recovery for her upcoming race schedule. 

Next up for local Road Runners is the Hatley 8 km race, as they build towards the Comox Valley Half Marathon on March 20, as well as a number of international marathons which include, Big Sur California, London, Boston and Vancouver. Stay tuned for results.

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 13:34
Well its that time of year that the Youth Run4Fun Planning Committee meets & begins preparation for yet another exciting season of this highly successful program.
In order to ensure its success,we require the assistance of CVRR members who can volunteer their time for 8 Wednesday evenings from 5:45- 7ish starting April 13th..
Any running ability is welcome. No experience required.
Volunteers need to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
Desired qualities of a Run Leader include, liking kids..., having a good sense of humour, patience & enthusiasm!
Please contact Mary Ann FMI or to sign up. Mar08 @
I can guarantee that the youth & their families genuinely appreciate the commitment of the volunteers so it truly is a worthwhile experience! Most of our Leaders keep on coming back as its so much fun!!!
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 17:00

A new shipment of CVRR Clothing has arrived & is available for purchase by contacting Mary Ann - mar08 @ Limited sizes of all items are available, so act fast.

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 16:57

At the Annual General Meeting  In November we were pleased to recognize Jim Smiley's many years of contributions to the CVRR. Jim was  presented with the first Distinguished Service Award for over 12 years of volunteering: as club president, half marathon race director, run clinic leader, Run 4 Run volunteer and sponsor, Track n' Trail volunteer and sponsor of the Nautical Days 4 Miler. Congratulations and thanks Jim.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 10:58

They've arrived!!

Santa has delivered 50 CVRR toques & his little helper, Mary Ann will be busy distributing them (hopefully) just in time for the Big Day.

She will be at at track, (  Bikini Blast Off is her favorite track  event!!) at pool running & works & plays in Comox.

Please email her at mar08@ to arrange alternate locations if unable to meet at the track or pool.

The cost per toque is $20. Cash or cheque only ( payable to CVRR).

Note: A clothing order has also been placed with an ETA at  the end of January.
There are no plans to place an order for any items for the next 2 years.
So please contact Mary Ann ASAP if interested.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 06:00

Four Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) travelled to the Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to battle the best runners in the nation at the Candadian Marathon Championships on October 18th. They joined over 3800 other racers, including many international athletes, on a cold, clear, October day, to take on the challenge. Overall winner of the race was Ishhimael Chenton in a time of 2:09:00, while the women's winner was Shure Demise in a time of 2:23:37. A highlight of the event was Canadians Eric Gillis (2:11:31) and Lani Marchant (2:28:09) punching their tickets to the Rio Olympics by meeting the very rigid qualifying standards.

With the weather temperatures dropping down to minus 3 degrees and snow flurries in the forecast, racers were fortunately greeted with clear blue skies and light breezes on race morning. The race course led the runners through the city of Toronto and along the waterfront, to the cheers of hundreds of thousands of spectators, to the finish line 42.2 Km away. The marathon is a cruel test of endurance that challenges even the strongest of competitors. Each entrant must endure months of hard training just to gain the strength and endurance to get to the start line. They then have to manage the artful balance of pacing, hydration, nutrition and mental strength to successfully complete the race.

CVRR runners had excellent finishes and showed why they are known as one of the strongest clubs in the nation. Brian Stewart continued his breakthrough season, finishing 98th overall and winning first place in the men's 55-59 division of the Canadian Championships in a time of  2:55:09. He was followed closely by hard charging Danny Keyes who capped off a great year by finishing  5th M50-54 and 100th overall in 2:55:23. Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics)  was also crowned Canadian Champion , finishing 106th in the 3800 person field and dominating M60-64 to take first place by 12 minutes in front of the second place age group finisher in a time of 2:56:34.  Mike Bridges, the fourth member of the CVRR team,  felt the wrath of this challenging and unforgiving event as he was forced to slow after an excellent first half, but still managed a very respectable 3:20 finish.

Our local racers will now enjoy some well deserved downtime, and perhaps even a little dessert, before they join fellow Comox Valley Road Runners to begin their preparation for the 2016 Vancouver Island Race Series and other international events including Boston and London Marathons. CVRR welcomes both recreational and competitive runners to their club. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:16