Road Runners Race Vancouver

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.

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