The BMO Vancouver Marathon took place on Sunday May 4th. The event also included a Half Marathon and an 8k event. It was a wet and dreary day, but the runners spirits were undampened. Close to 4000 runners braved the weather to test themselves on the beautiful marathon course. Starting in Queen Elizabeth Park, it wound its way up to UBC and then circled down past Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach. It then crossed the Burrard Street Bridge and circled around Stanley Park, finally finishing up close to downtown.

In the marathon, Brad Crowe led the Comox Valley Road Runners with a time of 2 hours 46 minutes. This was good enough for a 28th place finish, and was also a personal best. He was followed by Derek Brenchley, who had a great run and finished with a time of 3:31. Melissa Dekker also had a strong finish in her first marathon, finishing in a time of 3:32. She was followed closely by Marion Bryan, who had a great run and finished in 3:34. Jaime Moffat had an excellent first marathon and finished with a time of 4:16.

There were two outstanding marathon performances by local athletes. First was Roz Smith, who finished the marathon in 3:40. This was not only a record for the course, but is in fact a Canadian Record. The previous record holder in this category was Diane Palmason, another exceptional runner from the Comox Valley. The second amazing finish for the day was Janet Green, who finished in a time of 4:00. This was not only her fourth marathon in four weeks, but it also marked her 300th marathon.

The largest event of the day was the Half Marathon, with nearly 8000 runners participating. The first local to finish in the Half Marathon was Jack Campbell, with a time of 1:52. Only seconds behind was Graham Garner, who also finished with a 1:52. Next were husband and wife Darrell and Sharon Fisher, who both finished with a time of 1:53. Sandra Rowland also had a great run, finishing in a time of 2:03 and followed closely by Kim Campbell with a time of 2:04.

There were many other excellent performances by local athletes, with too many finishers to list here. Please visit to see the full results. Congratulations to all who participated.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 06:50

Three Comox Valley Road Runners were greeted with perfect weather for the recent Big Sur International Marathon in Monterey California. They needed it as they tackled what has been described as one of the toughest marathons in the world. Ten thousand runners arrived from around the globe to challenge themselves in one of several events held that weekend. Our local runners joined four thousand other athletes in the marathon, which is aptly described as "running on the ragged edge of the western world." The scenic course travels along highway 1, which is closed to traffic, as it snakes along the rocky, and hilly California coastline from Big Sur to Carmel. The route includes the infamous, gut wrenching, two mile climb to Hurricane Ridge along with numerous along hills along the way. It is not the lung searing, calf aching climbs that are the real challenge though. It is the repetitive thigh burning descents on the other side that take their toll as the race progresses, leaving the runners hanging on as they wind their way to the finish 42.2 Km away.

CVRR was lead by Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) who finished second in the Men's 55-59 division, and 25th overall, in a time of 3:03:55. He was followed by fast improving Danny Keyes (Comox Valley RV) with another stellar performance, finishing third in the Men's 50-54 age group, 35th overall, in a time of 3:09:25 and setting a personal best on this very challenging course. CVRR member Roger Plamondon  rounded out the impressive podium finishes for the club with a fourth place finish in the Men's 50-54 age group and an amazing 89th out of the four thousand runners, in a time of 3:19:01.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 18:54

The Comox Valley Road Runners hosted the 2014 version of the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 24. This is the sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series.

Local runner Derek Vinge from the Comox Valley Road Runners won in blistering time of 1:11:59. Second was Thomas Holme (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 1:13:43 and third was Nicholas Walker (Frontrunners Athletic Club) in 1:13:55. Top female was Claire Morgan (Prairie Inn Harriers) finishing in 1:19:52, second was Kristen Smart (Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club) in 1:23:41 and third was Christy Lovig in 1:24:08.

Top Master was another local dynamo Vince Brotherston (Comox Valley Road Runners) who set a M5054 age group record of 1:16:39 and top female Master was Wendy Simms (Bastion Running Club) in 1:28:27.

"It was a very successful day with perfect conditions for racing for the 476 finishers. There were many personal bests as well as the six age group course records," said Race Director, Wayne Crowe. Three of the course records were set by Comox Valley Road Runners. In addition to Brotherston, the fast improving Les Disher set a new record in the M6064 age group of 1:24:44 and Roslyn Smith continued to dominate her competition and set yet another course record by running 1:39:26 in the W6569 age group.

There were many other great performances in the event. Forty two CVRR members were cheered on by enthusiastic fans along the scenic course. Clay Ward was the third CVRR member across the line, finishing in 1:22:18 for 3rd in M2529. He was followed closely by Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) who placed 2nd in M5559 in 1:23:07. Danny Keyes had a breakthrough race, knocking more than four minutes off of his personal best to finish in a blistering 1:25:10, 3rd M5054. He dueled along the race with fellow club members Roger Plamondon, 1:25:47, Brian Stewart, 1:25:53 and Keith Wakelin, 1:26:00. Ken Richardson also had a strong race finishing in 1:37:54 to place 2nd in M7074. David Hysert finished 3rd in that age group in 1:50:07. On the women's side, coach Kathy Rung was the first local finisher in a time of 1:35:49 which placed her 6th in the very competitive F3539 division. Hot on her heels was Marion Bryan who was 7th in that division in 1:37:02. Other medal winners included Angela Plamondon 3rd F4549 and Janet Green, 3rd F6064. A special shout out goes to Lyn Baker who completed her first Half Marathon with a smile on her face. There were many other great results. For the full results go to

The Comox Valley Road Runners wish to thank all of the sponsors who helped make this event a huge success. They also wish to thank the community for sharing their neighbourhoods and roads with the 476 runners from Vancouver Island that we welcomed to the event. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 15:05

Come join the crowd going to the Sooke 10km - the final race of the Island Series.

Car Pool Schedule:

Where: Safeway gas station parking area near Starbucks at the corner of Cliffe Ave. and 17th.
When: Please arrive 5-10 minutes early - cars will leave promptly!

Apr 13 (Sooke 10k): 7:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 21:50

Two words, SOLD OUT!!.

That's right, there are absolutely no CVRR clothing items for sale. The toques were a huge hit & sold out in a flash & all remaining CVRR T's & singlets sold out recently as well..

If there's enough interest, a clothing order will be placed in the fall, just in time for those cooler days, Xmas (think unique gift for your sweetie), as well as the Island Race Series.

There might even be a new item or two!!! So stay tuned for the latest info. at the start of the fall season.

FMI please contact Mary Ann at 

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 20:37
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:19

Registration is now open at EXTREME RUNNERS for the 2014 RUN4FUN Youth Running Program which runs for 8 weeks from April 7th to June 9th from 6 to 7 P.M.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (especially on Day 1) & all sessions to be RUN LEADERS.

See Run4Fun Page

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 21:37

Island Series Hatley Castle 8K has been rescheduled for March 02, 2014
(that's THIS Sunday!!)
hope you can all make it.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:12

Snowshoe/Fondue POSTPONED to March 16 
Due to VIRA Race rescheduling. Sorry for any inconvenience
The Social Gals
L & K

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:11

The third race in the FrontRunners Island Race Series, the Cedar 12k, took place on February 9th. Despite temperatures hovering close to zero at race start time, 419 athletes braved the start line of the race. The cool temperatures, some snow and ice on the route, the unusual distance, and the hilly nature of the course itself made for very difficult racing conditions but it didn’t hold the athletes back and there were many exceptional performances.

The overall winner of the race was Logan Roots, of Victoria, who finished in a time of 40:33. The first Comox Valley Road Runner was Brad Crowe, who placed 8th overall and set a new personal best of 43:44. This also earned him 3rd place in his very difficult age category. The next local finisher was Mike Bridges, who also placed 3rd in his category with a time of 47:38. Hot on his heels was Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) in 47:40, again earning 3rd place in his category. The Road Runners continued to file in in rapid succession with many excellent performances. Les Disher finished in 47:46 and placed 2nd in his category. He was followed by Roger Plamondon, winning his age category with 48:09. Next was Keith Wakelin, who finished 4th in his category in 48:15. Kevin Park was right behind in 48:33, earning 8th in his category. Danny Keyes placed 3rd in his category, in 49:15, just ahead of Wille Scott, who finished in 50:49 for 10th place in his category. Hans Gane also had a great run, finishing in 50:55 and placing 6th in his category.

CVRR coach Kathy Rung had an excellent start to her season, finishing 4th in her category in 51:31. Marion Bryan also had a strong run, finishing in 53:00 and earning 5th in her category. Roslyn Smith continues to excel, winning her category and setting a new course record of 55:24. Angela Plamondon followed close behind, finishing 3rd in her category with a time of 56:02. Rick Martinson finished in 1:00:40, with Kindle Parsons finishing 8th in 1:02:03. Next came husband and wife Sharon and Darrell Fisher, with Sharon leading the way in a time of 1:04:21, and Darrell finishing strong in 1:06:38. Tom Munro had a great run, and finished 8th in a time of 1:10:28. Chris Robinson also ran well, finishing in 1:14:40 and 16th in his category.

The next race in the Island Series is the difficult and beautiful Hatley Castle 8k, which takes place on February 23rd in Victoria. Be sure to check out the Comox Valley Race Weekend on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23rd. It starts with the 5K Fun Run on Saturday morning. The Fun Run is the graduation for participants of the 5K Running Clinic but it is also open to all members of the public. Next is the Pasta Banquet on Saturday evening, featuring the music of Helen Austin, and guest speaker Lucy Smith. Finally, on Sunday, March 23 is the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. For more information on any of these events, visit

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 08:46