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 : http://racedaytiming.ca/vira/2015.

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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