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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 Babe.com 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

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

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