Thanks to all who placed an order for some CVRR apparel recently. Unfortunately the numbers for most items (except for TOQUES) were too low to be cost effective, so I will postpone ordering Jackets, T's, singlets, & Fizz Tanks until the Spring.

The good news is that there was plenty of interest in the Toques so I'll be ordering 50 of them. The ETA of them will be early in the New Year, so stay tuned for a future email announcing their arrival.

Hopefully there will be more interest in the Spring!!!

Clothing order Gal,

Mary Ann

Questions? Concerns, please email me at

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 08:48

Memberships for 2013/14 due!

Visit the Membership Page.

Time to renew or join the CVRR! Be part of a vibrant group where people enjoy running and learning about running. You will be welcomed into a social and fun environment at group runs, social events and track work outs.  It is necessary to be a club member if you wish to participate in 'track.'    Only members are covered under our club insurance.
Cost $20.00 for a single membership
         $30.00 for a family membership
You can register and pay on line on line by going to the Membership tab or you can register at Extreme Runners at 436 5th St. Courtenay and pay by cheque.
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 13:56

October 1 is an important track session as we will have a photo op/presentation recognizing the CVRR $1,000 donation for the new Vanier track.  Please come out wearing the CVRR colours and be a part of the event whether you participate in track of not.  Elected officials and school boards representatives will be in attendance.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 20:11

2013 Results:

Overall Results PDF

The 44th Annual Comox Nautical Days 4 Mile Road Race took place on BC Day, with over 100 finishers enjoying clear blue skies & a temperature ideal for running.

The run has been held every year since 1969 as part of the weekend’s Comox Nautical Days celebrations and is organized by Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR). Runners start at the Town Hall and race through the residential areas of Comox adjacent to the Marina, with the finish along Comox Avenue at the site of the former Lorne Hotel.

The overall male & female winners turned out to be a repeat of last year, with Craig Odermatt finishing in a time of 20:50 and Melissa Ross in 23:17. Every age group from under 12 to over 70 was represented with Molly Keyes, aged 10 years, being this year’s youngest runner. Another double occurred with both the current & past Presidents of CVRR winning their age groups, Roz Smith (F60-69) in 30:50 & Wayne Crowe (M50-59) in 24:15 respectively.

CVRR Race Director Graham Garner said ‘This is a great family event & everyone seemed to be having a really good time. To enable the race to go ahead safely, it requires 40 people and I am extremely grateful to our club members, their families & friends for giving up their time & making it possible. I would also like to thank the generosity of our sponsors.

Please support the local stores who supported the race, who are Extreme Runners, Medicine Shoppe, Canadian Tire, Coastal Credit Union, Avenues Restaurant, Little Caesars Pizza, Benino Gelato, Toscanos Restaurant, Blackfin Pub, Longlands Golf Course, Blue Heron Books & Visual Sound & Audio. Additionally, Quality Foods, Water Pure & Simple & Tim Hortons supplied the food & refreshments. A special thanks goes to the race’s main sponsor, Jim Smiley of ReMax Realty.


Nautical Days Results:

12 years & Under


1 Molly Keyes 32.54


13 - 19 years

Male Female

1 John Murray 29.30 1 Madison Naswell 30.46

2 Jonothan DeMuylder 35.52 2 Emily Keyes 32.29

3 Kyle Franceschini 37.35 3 Claudie DeMuylder 34.12


20 - 29 years

Male Female

1 Robin Poirier 21.27 1 Melissa Ross 23.17

2 Grant Ewert 23.57 2 Madeleine Elson 29.24

3 Dannielle Farrant 30.15


30 - 39 years

Male Female

1 Jerry Loeb 22.41 1 Kathy Rung 27.10

2 Trevor Shoesmith 27.50 2 Sarah Noga 30.13

3 Derek Spriet 30.20 3 Alison James 30.27

40 - 49 years

Male Female

1 Craig Odermatt 20.50 1 Angela Plamodon 28.07

2 Neil Holm 21.31 2 Chantal Sharpe 29.09

3 Steve Royer 24.51 3 Deanna Donovan 31.12


50 - 59 years

Male Female

1 Wayne Crowe 24.14 1 Jane Gibson 29.41

2 Wayne Demerse 24.34 2 Leslie Curry 32.00

3 Brian Fardoe 29.54 3 Karen Weller 32.21


60 - 69 years

Male Female

1 Duncan Stewart 27.18 1 Roz Smith 30.50

2 Barney Feenstra 28.29 2 Chris Round 32.06

3 John Elson 29.26 3 Bonnie Ervin 32.19


70 + years


1 Garth Ball 36.19

2 Tom Munroe 40.37

3 Ken McKenzie 41.37

The attached photo is of the presentation by the main sponsor, Jim Smiley of ReMax Realty, to the winners Craig Odermatt & Melissa Ross.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 00:00

The Comox Valley Exhibition and the Comox Valley Road Runners would like to once again invite families to the Track n’ Trail Kids’ Fun Run.

The run takes place at the exhibition grounds on Saturday, August 24th.

Race Day Registration: 9:00-9:45 a.m., Dove Creek Entrance (On Dove Creek Road).

Registration and entry to the Exhibition is free for all participants for the day (parents must pay entry to CVEX).

Warm-up: 9:45 a.m. @ Horse Track Start Area.

Race Time: 10:00 a.m., Marshmallows start (other age categories to follow).

The Marshmallows (5 and under) run the 500m-horse track. Then the Chicklets (6-9) run a trail loop of 1km, followed by the Truffles (10 and up) completing a 1.5km trail.

Awards: 11:00 a.m.

You can also fill out a registration form found in the CVEX Entry Book at and bring it to the Exhibition Grounds on Headquarters Road.

This is the fifth year for this alliance of two great community organizations, working together to promote the fun of fitness through running. We love being able to offer this one of a kind experience to our community.

Can’t wait to see you there!!!!

More information at or 250-338-8177

or e-mail (250-923-7882)

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 00:00

On a rare, hot Canada Day, 195 participants lined up at the corner of 5th and Woods in Courtenay for the annual 5th Street mile, sponsored by “the Joint” Physiotherapy Clinic and organized by the Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR). Brimming with enthusiasm, the field ranged from the previous winner, Scott Commandeur, down to moms and dads with their families. Many dressed in red and white in honour of the day, proudly holding on to small Canadian flags as they awaited the 10 o’clock start.

The race itself went without a hitch. With an RCMP cruiser spearheading the charge, flanked by the riders of the Comox Valley Cycling Club (CVCC), the crowd was warned well in advance of the oncoming runners. First across the finish line again was Scott Commandeur, followed by Robin Poirier and Noah Lewis for second and third overall.

Age category medals were awarded as follows. In the 9 years and under category for boys, Kieran Ho took the gold, Jack Coley the silver and Nick Lineger the bronze. For the same age group in girls, Hayley Chang was first, Meghan Lineger second, and Quinn Smits finished third. For the 10 to 14 year olds, Keir Shonavek, Danny Yeo and Gabe Shonavek received gold, silver and bronze respectively for the boys while Kayla Kalhus, Lizzie Gummer and Sequoia Bridges took the honours for the girls. The 15 to 19 year age category for boys had the fastest runner, Scott Commandeur, followed by Noah Lewis and Nicolas Toupin. The girls in this age group were led by Choe Gummer first, Savannah Glennie second and Nicole Adebar third. Crossing the finish line first for the men’s 20 and above age group was Robin Poirier, followed closely by Conor Buchanan and then Simon Coley, while premiere runners for the women were Elita Rahn, Melissa Decker and Marion Bryan in that order.

Those present at the finish line will be pleased to note that the gentleman who had the medical emergency is in the hospital and doing fine, thanks to the timely intervention of experienced bystanders and then professional ambulance paramedics. 
As well as our event sponsor, “the Joint” Physiotherapy, CVRR would also like to thank the July 1st Committee, the City of Courtenay, Courtenay RCMP, the CVCC, Active Comox Valley, Thrifty Foods, Quality Foods, a host of Courtenay businesses including the DCBIA (Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Assoc.) and our enduring club sponsor, Extreme Runners, for supporting this popular yearly event.

The next local race will be the Comox Nautical Days 4-mile Foot Race on BC Day, August 1st. Registration takes place at Comox Town Hall from 8:00 to 8:45. The race start is at 9:00 sharp. Be sure to get out and get involved in this event as a runner, volunteer, or spectator. More information is available at

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 00:00

Local Comox Valley Road Runner Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners / Asics) continued his winning ways at the Edge to Edge Half Marathon held in Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The terrain was very hilly and extremely challenging. Racers were also treated to a four kilometre section of the race along the Wild Pacific Trail which winds its way along the rocky coastline before heading back into town to the finish. Crowe ran a very smart and strategic race and managed to pull away from the competition in the second half of the race to finish first overall in a time of 1:28:54. Other local finishers included Erik Johnson in 1:41:05 and Kelly Wilson in 1:48:50.

In the marathon competition Janet Green completed her 281st marathon, finishing first in the F5059 age group in a time of 3:51:28. In the team competition, CVRR member Lynda Agar led the team “Don't  You Mess With My Tutu” to a strong finish in the marathon relay event in a time of 3:55:16. Other Comox Valley teams included Galik/Roberts in a very fast 3:24:08 and Bipolar in 4:49:14. Congratulations to all of the athletes competing and completing these very challenging races.

The next event on the local racing calender is the annual Nautical Days 4 mile race. Registration takes place from 8:00-8:45 at the Comox Town Hall, with race start at 9:00. Put on your shoes and come join the fun.

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 00:00

Canada Day 2013 is imminent. Ahead of the parade, as usual, will be the 5th Street Mile. Organized by the Comox Valley Road Runners and sponsored by “the Joint” Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre, this run is an active start to a festive day. The festivities this year are dedicated to the things that make us Canadian, and more than 200 participants are expected to participate in the one mile journey down the main street of Courtenay.

The 4 minute mile was officially broken in 1954 by British runner Roger Bannister in England and then repeated two months later at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. Our 5th Street Mile will never be an official mile for many reasons, mainly because it is downhill for most of its distance. Still, running any mile in under four minutes is the business of Olympic hopefuls who, despite our metric system, still consider this a benchmark in their running career. The Courtenay mile has been conquered three times in the past, by the same person, our local Olympian Cam Levins. Other athletes have come respectfully close to winning the new runners from Extreme Runners, but this is not a situation where close counts.

So, on Canada Day, starting at 10 AM at the corner of 5th  and Woods, over 200 runners will line up to accept this traditional Courtenay challenge. Some will run for the gold, most will run or walk for the sheer fun of it. All along the way will be a cheering crowd and at the end, credit for a job well done in the form of cookies and watermelon donated by Thrifty Foods and Quality Foods. There are also prizes for first, second and third in four age categories as well as many random finish prizes (you could win a prize for placing 87th!) generously donated by our Downtown Merchants. Everyone wins when everyone does their best. That’s “As Canadian as ....” we are!

Concerned parents should note that, contrary to the wording on the 5th Street Mile posters, strollers are welcome to participate in this event. However, for safety reasons, they will be started slightly behind the runners and asked not to race. 
 Registration is free and takes place at the corner of 5th and Woods.

Registration opens at 9 am and the event blasts off at 10 am precisely. So put on your red and whites and join in the fun. You will only regret it if you don’t!

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 00:00

It’s that time of year …to celebrate the arrival of summer and the looooongest day of 2013! This year the event will be held on June 18th after track …which has been moved to the C.V. Exhibition Grounds track. Park in the parking lot by the curling rink.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 00:00

The Gutbuster Series kicked off on May12, 2013 with a brand new race venue at the Western Speedway in Victoria. The race featured a 4 kilometre loop, with a 1.5 lap (6km) short course and a 3 lap (12km) long course.

The long course was won by Kris Swanson (male) and Dawn Anderson (female) in times of 53:10 and 1:05:19 respectively. These winning times show just how difficult and technical this race was. The Comox Valley Road Runners were lead by coach Kathy Rung, who finished second in her category and second woman overall. She was followed closely by Chris Perry, who had an excellent 5th place age group finish. Jon Ingram also had an great race, winning his age category.

In the short course the race was won by Justin Raycraft (male) and Shannon Couts (male) in times of 26:04 and 28:32. Crystal and Daisy Dargie raced together and had excellent finishes, placing second and first in their respective age groups. Leslie Dargie also raced the long course and finished 3rd in her age group. This made for the incredible result of three generations of Dargies all placing in the top 3 in their age groups!

The next race in the Gutbuster Series is the Ladysmith Gutbuster race at Transfer Beach on Sunday, July 7th.

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 00:00