For a limited time only, Sugoi is offering us the opportunity to purchase individual clothing items at bulk purchase cost.
So in other words, we can order just 1 or 2 items at last year's bulk price. So now is the time to place your order for that jacket, T , singlet, pair of shorts etc. just in time for Xmas & the Island Race Series.
Presently in stock are a # of Arm Warmers ( perfect for the fall season), Sexy Shorts!!, 1 Women's, Small  T, only 2Men's Singlets & 2 Jackets (XL & XXL).
There are also a # of Ball Caps (both Black & White).
Due to the incredible popularity of the new CVRR toques, an order for an additional 50 will be placed shortly.
Please contact me; Mary Ann at ASAP if interested in purchasing any of the items in stock and/or in placing an order for any one of the items listed above.
Remember Xmas is just around the corner & CVRR gear make great gifts for that special runner in your life!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 18:16

A large contingent of Comox Valley Road Runners, as well as a number of other local athletes, joined 
more than 8000 competitors at the 36th Annual Goodlife Fitness Victoria Race Weekend. The races 
included a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8 Km and even a Kids' Run. Runners were fortunate that the 
October storm clouds cleared to give a perfect sunny day, ripe for fast times. Overall winner of the 
Marathon was Daniel Kipkoech in a time of 2:25:40. He finished in dramatic fashion, passing fellow 
Kenyan Tisia Kiplangat, who collapsed due to exhaustion only 300 meters from the finish line. The 
women's Marathon also ended on an exciting note with Erin Burnett outsprinting last year's champion 
Lioudmilla Kortchaguina with only 300 meters to go to win in a time of 2:39:15. The men's Half 
Marathon was won by Paul Kimugul of Kenya in 1:05:00 while Malindi Elmore won the women's race 
in 1:15:35. First place in the 8 km race went to Nick Walker in 26:16 and Lindsay Carson in 27:32. 
Local racers were lead by CVRR president Roz Smith who continued her stellar season by smashing 
her own Canadian record by five minutes to win W6569 in a world class time of 3:39:31. She also 
helped propel the CVRR team which included Marion Bryan 3:29:48, Tracy Kennett 3:53:53 and Janet 
Green, running her 328th marathon, 3:58:53, to the first place team prize. Keisha Disher showed that 
perseverance pays off as she kept pushing to the end to finish in 5:50:23.

The Half Marathon team, not to be outdone, also took the first prize in their event with a number of 
great performances. Neil Holm lead the way with a spectacular time of 1:15:31, 2nd M4549 and 16th 
overall out of more than 3000 racers. Roger Plamondon put in a solid performance fighting off leg 
cramps to place 5th M5054 in 1:32:16. He was followed closely by Rob Kelly, 6th M5054 in 1:32:25. 
Another notable results included Andrea Prager, who ran 1:40:14 and  Darrell Fisher 1:51:33. Jeff 
Stickler, who has fun no matter how much it hurts, ran 1:47:15 and Cathy Livsey finished in 1:47:04. 
Karen Weller also had an excellent race finishing in 1:47:41 6th F5559. Another stellar performance was 
by Sandra Linhart who set a personal best, 1st  F6569 in 2:01:21. 

Local runners also excelled in the 8 Km race. Former Comox Valley resident Robin Poirier, 2015 
champion of both the Fifth Streeet Mile and the Comox Valley Nautical Days Four Miler, continued his 
excellent season by finishing 3rd overall in a field of more than 2000 runners in 27:03. Local athlete 
Colin Bullock made an impressive return to competitive running by finishing 16th overall and 2nd 
M3539 in 29:11. Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) put the finishing touches on his preparations 
for the upoming Canadian National Marathon Championships by winning M6064 and placing 31st 
overall in a time of 31:00. Hans Gane was not far behind in 35:53. 
Many other local athletes competed in the Race Weekend. For a list of full results go to

Local runners should check out the 25th Anniversary Miracle Beach 5 Km and 10 Km races taking 
place October 18th 10 am, at Miracle Beach Provincial Park. This is a flat, fast and fun event for the 
whole family.  Full details at‏

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 22:06

The 46th Annual Comox Nautical Days 4 Mile Road Race was held on BC Day, Monday August 3rd 2015. The event, organized by the Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR), is the longest continuously held road race in BC and is run in conjunction with the wider Comox Nautical Days Festival. As such, most runners take part for the fun of it and often make it a family occasion.

However, as with all races there is a serious runner element and this year the race was won for the first time by a barefoot runner, Robin Poirier.

Robin is easily recognizable at local races as he is usually the only person running without footwear. This obviously does not slow him down as he won the race is an amazing 20mins 39secs. The win was a particularly well deserved one for Robin as he has been placed either second or third in the previous three years.

The second place went to a local runner and last year’s winner, Derek Vinge, who finished in a time of exactly 21mins. Third place went to a teenager, James Lam, who finished in 21mins 29secs.

The overall female winner was a local athlete and triathlete, Gillian Clayton, who finished in a time of 25mins 30secs. Gillian is a previous winner of Ironman Canada, finishing first at Penticton in 2012.

Second place female was another teenager, Erika Ackerlund, who finished in 26mins 15secs and third place female went to Kim Hall in 27mins 36secs.

The day was ideal for a running race, with clear blue skies and a race time temperature of 19C. The finish is along Comox Avenue and the crowds who had gathered for both the race and the subsequent parade cheered the runners over their last few hundred meters.

The following runners achieved first place in their respective age group categories:-

12 + Under: male – Hooper Ellery (37.55) female – Cloe Ellery (33.18)

13-19 years: male – James Lam (21.29) female - Erika Ackerlund (26.15)

20-29 years: male - Andrew Howard (23.36) female - Lawrence Playford-Beaudet (31.00)

30-39 years: male - Robin Poirier (20.39) female - Gillian Clayton (25.30)

40-49 years: male - Neil Holmes (21.33) female - Fiona Read (29.27)

50-59 years: male - Vince Brotherston (22.45) female - Shelagh Germyn (30.05)

60-69 years: male - Derek Richmond (28.00) female - Roslyn Smith (29.06)

70 + Over: male – George Brose

CVRR is very grateful to the local businesses that support this event year on year. The title sponsor for the event is Jim Smiley of Re/Max Realty. Supplies sponsors are Quality Foods for post-race refreshments, Water Pure & Simple for race water and Tim Hortons for coffee. Draw prize sponsors are The Medicine Shoppe, Blackfin Pub & Restaurant, Coastal Credit Union, Blue Heron Books, Café Amantes & Longlands Golf Course.

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 06:14

Four of the Comox Valley's top runners competed against some of the best in the country in this year's Ottawa Marathon, held on May 24. This was the 41st annual  edition of the race which bills itself as the largest in the country. There were over 5800 marathoners toeing the line on a warm spring day for a brisk running tour of many of the highlights of the Ottawa/Gatineau area. While the runners started at 7 am with near perfect temperatures of 13 degrees Celsius, the mercury climbed throughout the morning to a spirit wilting twenty plus degrees that challenged even the toughest athlete. The relentless rolling hills added further obstacles along the 42.2 Km route.

One of the highlights of the weekend's events was a Canadian record set by our very own Roslyn Smith. She totally dominated the F6569 age group, finishing first and beating her nearest competitor by over two hours. She set the new Canadian record of 3:44:37 in the process. A CVRR club spokesperson noted that Roz has been training exceptionally hard, with many hours of long training miles and that the record is well deserved by this exceptional athlete.

Local mega marathoner Janet Green showed that she still has speed in her legs as she also finished first in her age group, winning F6064 in a stellar time of 3:56:24. Other competitors must have wondered where these superstars from Comox came from, as Janet also totally crushed her competition,finishing more than one hour in front of her nearest competitor.

Not to be outdone, Danny Keyes, a fast rising star on the masters' running scene, had another huge performance, making it look almost routine as he broke the magical three hour barrier in the marathon for the second time in succession, finishing in 2:58:25. That was good enough for 7th place out of 388 in the very competitive M5054 age group and 136th overall. Look for big things ahead for Mr. Keyes.

Falling closely behind Danny was local veteran Wayne Crowe.(Extreme Runners/Asics) He showed a great deal of mental toughness as he battled through to finish a respectable 4th, by a mere two seconds in M5559 and 227th overall. 
Keep an eye out for CVRR runners at a number of events coming up on the local running scene, including the Country Roads Marathon and Half Marathon, June 13, The Fifth Street Mile, July 1st and the Nautical Days Four Miler, August 3. It's never too late to start training.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 21:23

Gabe won the 3 km Tri -K, Perseverance 3 km trail run last year and this year came first in the 5 Km Run Clinic in March.  His coach describes Gabe as having a strong work ethic and commitment to training exceeding other youth of his age.  Gabe is 12 yrs. of age in his 2nd year with the Comox Valley Cougars.   

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 18:02

(Victoria, BC – April 13, 2015) The seventh race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Merville 15K – took place yesterday. Hosted by the River Runners, there were 275 finishers, and two new age category awards.

Comox Valley Road Runner Derek Vinge won in 50:08, second was Nick Walker (Frontrunners Athletic Club) in 50:30, and third was local runner Mark Cryderman in 51:31. Cryderman was also the top Master.

Vinge, who won Cobble Hill 10K, was very pleased considering he hardly ran in February due to moving his business, Fit Chiropractic and Sport Therapy. "The clinic has been running smoothly and my training and fitness are back," he said. "My main goal for this race was to stay close to Nick Walker - he is an efficient runner with years of competitive experience. I was trailing him at the 9km mark and realized I needed to hammer the next kilometre to put some space between us before his legendary sprint at the finish. And heck, it worked and I held him off for the last 5km."

The women’s race was won by Victoria’s Sonja Futehally in 58:55, second was Sarah Mae Adam (Sooke Trail and Road Runners) in 1:01:27, and third and top female Master was Campbell River Runner Sandra Jensen in 1:03:02.

The conditions for racing were perfect yesterday: "It was great racing weather – cool and dry," said Race Director, Linda Nagle. "It was great to see local runners Mark Cryderman and Sandra Jensen both coming third and being the top Masters. We also had two age class records set – Sydney Boyle in the girls 1-15 finishing in 1:18:39, and Roslyn Smith in the female 65-69, breaking her own course record in 1:08:58." Nagle particularly thanked the runners who adhered to the new parking arrangements, because of the construction.

Full results are on: In the club standings the Prairie Inn Harriers lead with 3122 points followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 2285, and Bastion Running Club with 1481. With just one race to go – Sooke 10K on April 19 – the individual title is wide open – Craig Odermatt leads with 825 points, followed by Derek Vinge with 823, and the 2014 overall winner, Claire Morgan with 816 points.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 20:28

A reminder that the Youth Run4FUN program begins, Wed. Apr. 15th & there are still some spaces available for kids between 8 & 14 yrs. of age.
Please spread the word to friends & family.
FMI, please contact Mary Ann at 

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 12:43

The warm temps. and blue skies have enticed runners to shed their long sleeve T's & running pants which makes it the perfect time to stock up on CVRR warm weather running wear!!  Plus, the Spring race season has just begun & many CVRR members are gearing up to compete in upcoming races, both locally as well as across the border! Yet another great reason to proudly display light weight CVRR gear!!

Still available for purchase are Ball Caps, Singlets, T's., Shorts, Arm Warmers & even a couple of Jackets.
I plan to be at track Tuesdays as well as Thurs. trails, so please contact me (Mary Ann) at if you'd like me to set aside anything in particular. Act quickly however as sizes are limited!! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 12:42

The Comox Valley Road Runners hosted almost 500 runners for the annual Comox Valley RV Half Marathon held on Sunday, March 22. This was the sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series and is part of the Timex BC Road Running Series.

This year the race presented challenging conditions. Mental toughness was a neccessity as the racers were met with some brisk headwinds on the rolling countryside course. The overall winner of the race was Craig Odermatt of Victoria in 1:12:04. Local favorite and defending champion Derek Vinge was fifth overall in 1:14:59.The women's winner was Claire Morgan, also of Victoria in 1:22:53.

CVRR was well represented with 35 club members taking place in the race. Following closely on Vinge's heels was Neil Holm in 115:57, 2nd  M4549. Vince Brotherston was next, winning M5055 in 1:19:27. Next came Mike Bridges with another excellent performance and a PR of 1:23:36, 4th M4044. Clay Ward had a great run, finishing in 1:24:23, 5thM3034 and topped it off by running the fastest 100 meter sprint finish of all competitors in the race. Race Director Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) also had a great race as he set a new course record winning M6064 in 1:24:32. Danny Keyes M5559 just squeeked by Les Disher M6064, both finishing second in their age groups. Janet Green F6064 also finished second in her age group in 1:51:16. Other great results included CVRR club president Roz Smith breaking her own record and  1st F6569 in 1:39:06. PRs

were also set by Kevin Park, 1:25:48, Will Scott 1:28:35, Jeff Stickler 1:43:12, Deanna Donovan 1:43:03 and Kindle Parsons 1:50:24. Art Beck celebrated his birthday by running the Half Marathon in  2:10:53, 4th M7075.

For full results go to :

Race Director Wayne Crowe wishes to thank the many volunteers and local businesses who helped make this event a huge success again this year. He also expressed thanks to the residents along the race route who graciously shared their neighbourhood with the racers during the event. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:12
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