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A strong contingent of Comox Valley Road Runners joined over 14,000 athletes racing in the Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon and 8 km, on May 5th. Racers were greeted with sunny, hot conditions on race day adding to the challenge of the events.

CVRR had a number of competitors in the Marathon which was won by Thomas Omwenga in a time of 2:24:08. The women's winner was Lucy Njeri in 2:40:33. Leading the Comox Valley charge was veteran marathoner Danny Keyes who had a stellar time of 3:18:09 on a difficult day, finishing 9th out of 329  in the M5054 division. A top 10 finish in this strong field was very impressive. James Warren also had a strong race with a time of 3:27:03 in M3539 group. Jerry Van gained a lot of experience as he pushed hard to finish in 3:33:59, 34th in the M5054 division. Janet Green had a stellar performance with her best time in a year of 3:51:54, F5559, good enough for 5th out of 103 runners. She was followed closely by Lisa Perry, who reached her goal of breaking the magical 4 hour barrier, finishing in 3:58:43, 63rd out of 323 F4044, . As always, Korky Richardson enjoyed her race, finishing in 4:01:25 in the F4549 group. Sharon Fisher had a great day in her second marathon finishing in 4:07:32, in the F4044 group.

CVRR also had impressive finishes in the 8Km race won by Jared Ludlow-Carroll in 28:31. Jen Moroz won the women's race in 30:17. Scott Gaglardi led the CVRR team with a time of 40:51 which earned him a third place podium finish in the M4044 division. Karen Tobacca also reached the podium with a time of 47:43 placing her second in the F5559 division.

Half Marathon winners were Paul Kimugal in 1:04:18 and Natasha Fraser in 1:15:17. CVRR was well represented in the Half Marathon by Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics). He had an excellent race, finishing 50th overall, out of 8,600 runners. He added yet another Half Marathon win to his record with a  time of 1:22:56 giving him first place in the M5559 division.

The next race on the local running scene with be the July 1st Fifth Street Mile. This is a fun event open to the whole family. Get on your running shoes and start training and we will see you there.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 00:00

The Comox Valley Road Runners were well represented at the 2013 Times Colonist 10km road race held in Victoria on April 28. Nine Road Runners joined more than 13,000 athletes who registered for this year's event. It was a cool and windy day challenging even the toughest of athletes.

The overall winner of the Men's race was Paul Kimugul in an impressive time of 29:49, while the winner of the Women's race was Jane Murage in 34:28. The first CVRR racer across the line was elite master Neil Holm (Extreme Runners/Adidas) who ran 34:36 to finish third in the M4549 age group and 28th overall. He was followed closely by fast rising local running star Vince Brotherston who was fourth in the same age group in 34:50. Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) also raced well to finish second in the M5559 age group in a time of 38:01. Also finishing strongly in this age group was Tom Weber who was fifth in 40:07 and Rick Martinson 41st in 51:04. Other CVRR racers included young guns Torin and Jasper Halverson who ran 43:51 and 56:46 respectively in the M019 age group. Also running was the husband wife team of Deanna and Jeff Donovan who enjoyed a romantic run on the waterfront finishing in 53:11 and 54:21.

Congratulations to all of the other Comox Valley racers who successfully completed the race.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 00:00

The Comox Valley Road Runners are a non- profit organization formed in 1980 to foster and promote running and healthy lifestyle in our community. As part of it's mandate, the club offers annual grants of $300 to youth in our area to assist with training and competition expenses. It is directed to Comox Valley amateur runners, under 19 years old, competing at the regional, provincial or national level in road running, cross country running, track running events, or triathlon.

This year the club is pleased to announce that Dominick Nadeau has been awarded the 2013 CVRR Youth Training Grant. He has excelled at the high school level and will be persuing his training further in Europe this year. He has a great running future ahead of him.

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 00:00

The Merville 15k took place on Sunday April 7th. This is the 7th race of the Frontrunners Island Race Series, and once again it saw a strong showing by the Comox Valley Road Runners. This is always a difficult race as it is an unusual distance and comes immediately after the Half Marathon, leaving the racers with tired legs heading into this event. The Merville 15k is hosted by the River Runners club from Campbell River.

The race was won by Nick Walker in a time of 50:12. Mark Cryderman (Shore Runners / Brooks) of Campbell River posted an excellent result in his first race as a master, winning that category and placing third overall. The women's race was won by Cheryl Davies of Bastion Running Club in Nanaimo with a time of 1:02. The top master's woman was Yanna Debelic, also of Bastion.

There were many excellent performances by members of the Comox Valley Road Runners. Diane Palmason and Vince Brotherston both won their respective age groups. It was also an excellent day for the Plamondons, with Angela Plamondon earning a second place finish in her age group while Roger Plamondon finished in third. Keith Wakelin claimed second place and Ken Richardson also earned a third place finish. The collective effort of the team puts the club into an unassailable 3rd place for the series.

The final race of the series is the Sooke 10k and takes place on Sunday April 21st.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 00:00

Don't be fooled by the name. The Comox Valley Road Runners are also avid trail runners. CVRR has been well represented in a variety of trail races recently as the trail racing season kicks off.

The first major trail race of the season was the Dirty Duo in North Vancouver on March 9th. The Dirty Duo is a multi-sport event, including biking and/or running over a variety of distances. Kiyoko Marton was the lone CVRR member to participate. She raced the 15k trail running event, finishing an excellent 13th place overall.

This was followed by the Chuckanut 50k, held on March 16th  in Bellingham, Washington. This is a grueling trail race that includes 5000 feet of climbing. The race was billed as one of the most competitive 50k races in North America in 2012. Brad Crowe and Marion Bryan both had exceptional races, with Chuckanut being their first race at the 50k distance. They were accompanied by ultra-racing veteran Shauna Connaughton, who also had a a great race.

Next was the Fletcher's Challenge trail race in Nanaimo on March 29th. The Fletcher's Challenge race is a memorial trail run for Gavin Fletcher of Nanaimo. It includes both a 13km trail race and a 6km family run/walk around Westwood Lake. The Road Runners were lead by Roger Plamondon, followed closely by Patrick Montgomery. Marion Bryan lead the CVRR women, showing her toughness by bouncing back quickly from the 50k race just two weeks earlier. Mary Anne Rolfe, Kiyoko Marton, and Leo Rolfe also completed the very difficult course and turned in some great times.

Next on the racing agenda for many of these trail racers is the Gutbuster Trail Running Series. The first race of the Gutbuster Series takes place in Victoria on May 12th. The series of four races culminates with the Mount Washington race on August 11th.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 00:00
Like everyone else in the running world, we at CVRR are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident at this year's Boston Marathon. Fortunately, the number of local participants in Boston this week was the lowest in years. In fact, the only local entry was veteran marathoner Dr. Janet Green who, thankfully, finished and cleared the finish area shortly before the explosions. Former member, Robyn Dicesare - now residing in Winnipeg - was apparently also entered and word is that she is fine as well.
 
CVRR stands with the rest of the international running community in praying for the victims and their families, and supporting everyone involved and the city of Boston at this troubled time. We will continue to persevere as will they. And we will always remember the strength and humanity of those who selflessly threw themselves into the threatened area to assist and comfort the wounded and dazed.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 00:00

The weather was ideal on Saturday March 23rd for the Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) 5 km Fun Run.  The event is the conclusion of the 10 week annual Learn to Run Clinic put on by the CVRR. There were a record 96 runners for the first event of the Comox Valley Race weekend.  Additional weekend events included a Pasta Dinner held Saturday evening with guest speaker Jim Finlayson and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon held on Sunday.

Promptly at 9:15 a.m. and following a spirited warm up by Frank Graham, those walking or anticipating more than a 45 minute finish started.  They were followed by the majority of the runners at 9:45.  Following the event refreshments were served and draw prizes awarded.  The first 10 finishers and times are as follows: 

20:19    Mike Bridges
22:09    Barney Feenstra
22:27    Angela Plamondon
22:30    Gabriel Gledhill
22:59    Ethan Glenwright
23:30    Martha Grant
24:43    Mark Myles
24:59    Jeff Donovan
25:46    Deanna Donovan
26:14    Nick Feness

Complete results can be found at www.cvrr.ca.

The following sponsors contributed draw prizes and helped make the event a huge success: Bowyer Massage Clinic, Central Mountain Air, Chew to Live, Comox Valley Airport Commission, Extreme Runners, Interfor - Coastal Woodlands Division, the Italian Navy, Jim Smiley-Ocean Pacific Realty, Safeway, Shoreline Orthodontics, WestJet and Zocalo Cafe.  The grand prize of a return trip from Comox to Vancouver was donated by Pacific Coastal Airlines.

The CVRR 10 week Learn to Run clinic is held annually starting in January.  The clinic is for runners or walkers of all levels and consists of a short talk on running related issues followed by a run.  This year's very successful clinic, organized by Leslie Dargie, consisted of over 100 participants.  The following businesses/individuals spoke at or provided additional support to the clinic:  Extreme Runners, Bayview Chiropractic, Lets Go Personal Training, Elite Athletics, Kathy Rung (CVRR Coach), Sandy Riley, Dr. Wayne Crowe and Diane Palmason.

The Comox Valley Road Runners look forward to seeing you at the next running clinic in January 2014.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 00:00

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon took place Sunday, March 24. This is the sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series and is hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners. The race was won by series leader Geoff Martinson, whose time of 1:07:01 set a new age group record for the M25-29 category. He was followed closely by Jim Finlayson who set a new masters course record of 1:07:10. Finlayson had hoped to break the Canadian Masters record of 1:06:33, but wind, rain, and cool temperatures made for a difficult day for racing. Given the conditions, his result was exceptional.

“I talked with Jim a few weeks ago about him going after the record. I thought that if I could run 1:06.30 myself I would be quite happy," said Martinson. “I tried to help take some of the lead for Jim on the climb for the first 10km, and hopefully make his record chase a little easier. We worked hard today, even though it wasn't quite enough.”

In the women’s race, Catrin Jones won in 1:19:47, second was Jen Millar in 1:20:03 and third was Melissa Ross in 1:21:46. The top female Master was Meghan Stothers in 1:26:38. Jones was particularly pleased with her performance considering she had just returned the night before from Kenya, where she competed in the Rift Valley Marathon the previous weekend.

“I wasn't sure if I would feel rested for today but decided to drive up for the event anyway, and although it was tough considering how my body felt, I was happy to race the event again,” Jones said. “I only found my rhythm at 15km, so the last 5-6k felt the best. It's not close to my PB but I am pleased with the end result. I have always enjoyed running Comox, so I was pleased to take part in the race and thank everyone who organized the great event.”

There were also many excellent performances by local runners. Neil Holm (Extreme Runners/ Adidas) was the first local to finish, coming in 9th overall and winning his age group as the third master's racer to finish. Vince Brotherston and Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/ Asics) also had excellent races and finished second in their respective categories. Gord Harris also posted a fantastic time and won his age group. The local women were lead by none other than CVRR club coach Kathy Rung. Janet Green also posted a 3rd place age group finish.

Many local racers also met longstanding race goals this year at the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. Louis Lamb ran a great race and knocked nearly 3 minutes off of his previous best, coming in at 1:26. Danny Keyes (Comox Valley RV) and Chris Winkelaar both completed a major running quest by beating the coveted 1:30 mark for the half marathon. Angelica Lauzon managed to break the 2hr mark, another highly coveted time for many racers. Ron Crowther also had an excellent race, completing his first half marathon in a time of 2:10. Many other excellent results were seen, with too many notable performances to include in this article. For full results visit http://racedaytiming.ca/series?pg=raceresult&race=450.

Race Director Wayne Crowe was pleased with the event. “Race day was overcast and had a cool breeze with the odd shower greeting the 512 finishers. In spite of that there were some exceptional times and there was great food and excellent draw prizes to follow the event. The race was preceded on the Saturday evening by the first annual Pasta dinner and an inspirational talk by Jim Finlayson so it was an excellent weekend.”

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 00:00

Annual 5K Fun Run 2013 Results. Clinic participants can download their finisher' certificate too!

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 16:00

Sunday, March 24th marks the return of the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. This year the Half Marathon is a part of the Comox Valley Race Weekend, which also includes the 5km Fun Run and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon pasta dinner, both on Saturday March 23rd.

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon is a scenic, out and back course that starts and finishes at the Florence Filberg Centre on Anderton Avenue in Courtenay. The course winds its way through rural Courtenay along Condensory, Piercy, Dove Creek, and Burns Roads. The race may result in minor traffic delays in this area during the events. To ease congestion, residents in the area and skiers heading to the mountain are encouraged to consider taking alternate routes while the races are taking place. This will help to ensure the safety of both the public and event participants.

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon has seen many fantastic races over the years, including many star-studded fields with appearances by Canadian Olympians. The earliest form of the race was as a 20k along a similar route to the present race. Records of the event began in 1987 and it continued as a 20k race until 1994. Over this time, several Canadian Records were set for the 20km distance which still stand today. Maurice Tarrant is notable as achieving the M55 and M60 Canadian Records for the 20km distance at this race. Simon Timmer also achieved the M45 Canadian Record for 20km at the Comox Valley Race.

In 1995 the race was updated to the modern Half Marathon distance and the current course was adopted. Soon afterwards, in 1998, Stephanie Andrews set the female course record of 1:16:55, which still stands to this date. The male course record was set by Canadian Olympian Jon Brown in 2005. His time of 1:03:57 was the fastest half marathon in Canada for that year. Maurice Tarrant has continued to have great success at the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon, setting BC Half Marathon records for the M75 and M80 age groups

Continuing on the record setting trend, Jim Finlayson will be racing the Half Marathon this year in hopes of breaking the Canadian Master's Half Marathon record of 1:06:33. He is currently the BC Half Marathon record holder. He is also the current Master's record holder for the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. Jim Finlayson will also be the keynote speaker at the pasta dinner event on Saturday night.

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon is one of the cornerstone events of the Frontrunners Island Race Series. It is also part of the TIMEX race series. The race annually draws close to 500 racers, with hundreds of volunteers and supporters also involved. The half marathon is one of the major fund-raising events for the Comox Valley Road Runners, allowing the club to put on events such as the Canada Day 5th Street Mile, Jingle Bell Run, and the 5k Running Clinic. A part of the proceeds from the event are also donated to two local charities. This year the supported charities are Kidsport and the Friends of Strathcona.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 00:00

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