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

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