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.