FAST TIMES AT GOODLIFE VICTORIA RACES

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 
racedaytiming.ca.

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 https://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=996‏