Race Expo Opportunities and Volunteers Needed

April 13, 2014

BC Athletics will have an information booth at a couple of upcoming events. This is an opportunity for clubs and events to promote themselves at two of the largest events in BC, collectively drawing 70,000 participants. Both events and expos attract participants of all ages, from potential Track Rascals to Masters, and are an ideal recruiting opportunity.

Individuals and clubs are needed to help staff the booth. Two and three hour shifts are available. Please contact Maurice Wilson (maurice.wilson@bcathletics.org, 604-333-3553) to volunteer your time.

Member clubs and sanctioned events are also invited to provide club and race information brochures.

Vancouver Sun Run
Expo at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
Expo hours:
Thursday, April 24, 4pm to 8pm
Friday, April 25, 10am to 7pm
Saturday, April 26, 10am to 5pm

BMO Vancouver Marathon

Expo at Vancouver Convention Centre East, Hall C (Canada Place), Vancouver
Expo hours:
Thursday, May 1, 4pm to 8pm
Friday, May 2, 11am to 8pm
Saturday, May 3, 10am to 6pm


Doerksen Obliterates Women’s Record at BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run

April 9, 2014

Full Story: http://www.foolsrun.com/results2014.htm#report


Merville 15K Results

April 7, 2014

Full Story: http://islandsportsnews.net/component/content/article/108-other-sports/13627-merville-15k-results


BMO Vancouver Marathon reaches 5,000 runner cap

April 4, 2014

Full Story: http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/press-release-marathon-sell-out/


Whistler Half Marathon Sold Out

March 25, 2014

Less than 90 days after registration opened for the 2014 edition of The North Face Whistler Half Marathon, the half marathon distance is now sold out. “Selling all 1,200 available spots in such a short period of time shows the demand for running events such as this continues to grow. The popularity of running as a lifelong sport has grown exponentially over the past decade and appears to be continuing for the foreseeable future” says Dave Clark, race director.

“The popularity of destination runs continues to grow with runners travelling all over the world to participate in unique locales. In fact we have seen significant growth in our numbers of destinations runners. Just 22% of our registrants are from the Sea to Sky Corridor in the half marathon distance. Runners are coming from 6 different countries, including from 7 provinces in Canada and 19 States from the US”, Clark adds.

The Little Rippers kids run, a spectator favorite will return with upwards of 150 kids aged 5-9 taking part. This is a great way to introduce younger children to the excitement of running in a format that is different from what they may experience in their school track and field events. It is also parent friendly so for kids who may be a bit uncomfortable to run on their own, parents can join them and be there at their side encouraging them as they make their way along the 1 km course.

The 10km distance is nearing 50% sold out of all available spaces. Introduced in 2013, the 10km event sold out as well, allowing more runners of varying abilities to experience the excitement of running here in Whistler. The 10km event is also expected to sell out closer to race weekend.

Other opportunities to get involved include volunteering for race weekend. There are a number of opportunities for groups and individuals to support the event by volunteering for positions such as course marshal, helping at package pick up, etc. For more information on volunteering and to apply please visit the volunteer section of our website.

For more registration and race weekend information, or to visit our media room with past media releases and story starters, please visit: www.whistlerhalfmarathon.com


Derek Vinge wins Comox Valley RV Half Marathon

March 25, 2014

Full story: http://islandsportsnews.net/component/content/article/108-other-sports/13299-comox-valley-rv-half-marathon-results


Wiebe and Wodak record impressive wins to launch Canada Running Series 2014

March 24, 2014

Full story: http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/blog/2014/03/wiebe-and-wodak-record-impressive-wins-to-launch-canada-running-series-2014-at-modo-spring-run-off-vancouver-8k/


Exclusive Legacy Runners Club for Past Participants Now Launched

March 20, 2014

Full Story: http://runvan.org/press-release-legacy-club/


Wiebe v Watson; Wodak v Cliff. Modo Spring Run Off Vancouver 8k kicks off Canada Running Series

March 20, 2014

Full story: http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/blog/2014/03/wiebe-v-watson-wodak-v-cliff-modo-spring-run-off-vancouver-8k-kicks-off-canada-running-series-by-paul-gains/


Race bridges communities

March 12, 2014

Full story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/249935901.html


Stars of Tomorrow Shine at Lakeside 5K

March 12, 2014

The Timex BC Road Running Series travelled to the Okanagan for the fourth race in the 2014 series, the Penticton Lakeside 5K, which was also the second race in the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series hosted by the Penticton Pounders.

Snow flurries and a chill wind greeted participants, but underfoot conditions were good as nearly 200 runners took off from the start. And a little over 16 minutes later, the winners returned.

Two athletes had separated themselves from the rest of the field, and duelled all the way to the finish. 15-year old Sean Bergman competing for the Okanagan Athletics Club in Kelowna, and Hans Aabye who runs for the Okanagan Running Club. Aabye had been the dominant force in the Interior Series last year, winning seven races outright, and starting 2014 with another win. But he was no match for the younger legs of Bergman, who won by 10 metres in 16:05 to Aabye’s 16:08.

Some distance back, last year’s Lakeside winner John Machuga, coach of the Okanagan Running Club, had to work hard to hold off Kamloops’ Ryan Pidhirniak for third, in 17:04. Alex Hansen from Cochrane, AB completed the top five.

The women’s race was a very close contest, again only decided in the final few hundred metres, as the top 5 finished within 30 seconds. And again, youth prevailed as 14-year old Hannah Bennison from Vernon Athletics ran out the winner in 18:19. Christy Lovig of the Kelowna Running Club, and winner of the first race of the series, took second in 18:33, closely followed by Sandra Kilmartin of the UBC Okanagan Heat (18:40) and former high school star Carmen Ballard in 18:43. Another 15-year old, Glynis Sim rounded out the top five in 18:48.

Cindy Rhodes produced the top age graded performance of the day, placing seventh woman overall in 20:56.

Complete race results on the Interior Running Association website.

The Timex BC Road Running Series continues this weekend with the Bazan Bay 5K in Sidney. While the next Interior event is The River’s Spring Run-Off 10K in Kamloops in two weeks’ time, also a Timex BC Series race.


BC Sports Hall of Fame showcases 30 years of The Vancouver Sun Run

March 12, 2014

Full story: http://www.vancouversun.com/sunrun/event/Sports+Hall+Fame+showcases+years+Vancouver/9605974/story.html


Martinson runs a BC All-Comers record at the Bazan Bay 5K

March 10, 2014

Full story: http://athleticsillustrated.com/editorial/martinson-and-burrett-win-bazan-bay-5k/


Stars of Tomorrow Shine at Lakeside 5K

March 4, 2014

The Timex BC Road Running Series travelled to the Okanagan for the fourth race in the 2014 series, the Penticton Lakeside 5K, which was also the second race in the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series hosted by the Penticton Pounders.

Snow flurries and a chill wind greeted participants, but underfoot conditions were good as nearly 200 runners took off from the start. And a little over 16 minutes later, the winners returned.

Two athletes had separated themselves from the rest of the field, and duelled all the way to the finish. 15-year old Sean Bergman competing for the Okanagan Athletics Club in Kelowna, and Hans Aabye who runs for the Okanagan Running Club. Aabye had been the dominate force in the Interior Series last year, winning seven races outright, and starting 2014 with another win. But he was no match for the younger legs of Bergman, who won by 15 metres in 16:05 to Aabye’s 16:08.

Some distance back, last year’s Lakeside winner John Machuga, coach of the Okanagan Running Club, had to work hard to hold off Kamloops’ Ryan Pidhirniak for third, in 17:04. Alex Hansen from Cochrane, AB completed the top five.

The women’s race was a very close contest, again only decided in the final few hundred metres, as the top 5 finished within 30 seconds. And again, youth prevailed as 14-year old Hannah Bennison from Vernon Athletics ran out the winner in 18:19. Christy Lovig of the Kelowna Running Club, and winner of the first race of the series, took second in 18:33, closely followed by Sandra Kilmartin of the UBC Okanagan Heat (18:40) and former high school star Carmen Ballard in 18:43. Another 15-year old, Glynis Sim rounded out the top five in 18:48.

Cindy Rhodes produced the top age graded performance of the day, placing seventh woman overall in 20:56.

Complete race results on the Interior Running Association website.

The Timex BC Road Running Series continues this weekend with the Bazan Bay 5K in Sidney. While the next Interior event is The River’s Spring Run-Off 10K in Kamloops in two weeks’ time, also a Timex BC Series race.


Sun Run Exhibit: Call for artifacts!

February 27, 2014

In celebration of the Vancouver Sun Run’s 30th year, the BC Sports Hall of Fame is creating a special exhibit on Canada’s largest 10K run. They’re looking for unique items to include in the exhibit such as shirts, race bibs or even photos from the first race or even from 20 or 10 years ago. Any loaned items would be returned once the exhibit is complete. They’d love to hear from you! Contact Jason Beck, BC Sports Hall of Fame curator at: jason.beck@bcsportshalloffame.com


Hatley Castle 8K Re-scheduled

February 25, 2014

The Hatley Castle 8k, race number 4 in the Frontrunners Island Race Series has been rescheduled for this coming Sunday March 2nd. We know this will not work for everyone but appreciate all the support from everyone involved.

There will not be late registration or number pick up on Saturday at Frontrunners. This can be done on Sunday from 9 am – 10.30 am at the Gym at Royal Roads. The race will start at 11 am.

The race was postponed on Sunday morning due to the weather.

Complete race and series details, vira.bc.ca


Timex BC Road Running Series Update

February 25, 2014

After the first three races in the 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series, early leaders have emerged.

Katherine Moore, Jen Moroz and Kirsten Smart lead the women's rankings. Nic Browne, Mark Bennett and Rob Watson lead the men's rankings. Early days, as many runners have only complete one or two races in the series, whereas the current leaders ran all three.

Next up are a series of 5K races across the province, that will potentially see new leaders emerge.
March 2, Lakeside 5K, Penticton
March 9, Bazan Bay 5K, Sidney
March 16, St Patrick's 5K, Vancouver

The Timex BC Road Running Series is part of the national Timex Road Racing Series, held in nine provinces and culminating in the Canadian 10K Championships and Timex National Finale in September. The BC Series consists of 15 races throughout the year from January to July, in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, and in the Interior. Participants must complete a minimum of 5 races, and be competitive members of BC Athletics to be eligible for series prizing.

Complete series information, and current rankings, on the series website, www.bcathletics.org/TimexRRSeries


Sunshine and records at the BC Half Marathon Championship

February 24, 2014

Full story: http://www.pacificroadrunners.ca/firsthalf/2014_post_race_media_release.pdf


Final Penticton Lakeside 5K to be run March 2

February 13, 2014

After 20 years as the test of early fitness in the Okanagan, the final edition of the Penticton Lakeside 5K will be run this year. The race is #2 in the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series, and also race #4 in the Timex BC Road Race Series and has been one of the best attended races in the Interior Series since 1994. It served as the BC 5K Championship race for three years. Long-time race director Neil Macdonald cited difficulties in finding a replacement as the main reason this popular race is unable to continue beyond 2014. The IRA and Rick Jenkner stepped in to assist Neil with this year’s race to ensure it goes out in style.

The race has had some illustrious winners over the years, several of whom have gone on to greater fame such as local coach and Peach City Marathon winner Kevin Cutjar, Olympian Malindi Elmore, Vancouver Marathon winner Keddi-Anne Sherbino, and Challenge Penticton winner Jeff Symonds. Symonds and Brent Helland are the only people to win the race three years in a row, while Mark Bomba has four wins and the course record of 15:17. Among the women, Jessica Hannah has won three times and Cindy Rhodes, Sarah Clark, and Brenda Shackleton twice each. Shackleton holds the women’s record of 17:50 set in 1997.

All former winners are being invited to attend with complimentary entry. If you are a former winner and have not received your invitation, it is because we do not know how to contact you. We are particularly seeking to contact original women’s winner Tanya Trevors, Kathy Rung, and men’s winners Aiden Gidlow, Chris Babiuk, and Michael Simpson. Please contact Rick Jenkner at ultramanrick@yahoo.ca with information. Thank you.

The final race will honour former Pounder and IMC age group record holder Lorne Smith, who passed away from Alzheimer disease in 2013. A portion of each entry fee will be donated to the Alzheimer Foundation in his memory.

The race will be held on March 2 at 10am, with the start on Lakeshore Drive just outside the Lakeside resort. There is a special room rate at the resort starting at $89. Ask for the 5K rate. Registration is on-line through Zone 4 (there is a link on http://www.interiorrunningassociation.com ) and costs just $18 for adults and $13 for those 15 and under. Entry forms are downloadable from the IRA site, and are also available at Peach City Runners and other select locations throughout the Thompson-Okanagan.

Race information and online registration, http://www.interiorrunningassociation.com/lakeside5k.html


Final Penticton Lakeside 5K to be run March 2

February 11, 2014

After 20 years as the test of early fitness in the Okanagan, the final edition of the Penticton Lakeside 5K will be run this year. The race is #2 in the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series, and also race #4 in the Timex BC Road Race Series and has been one of the best attended races in the Interior Series since 1994. It served as the BC 5K Championship race for three years. Long-time race director Neil Macdonald cited difficulties in finding a replacement as the main reason this popular race is unable to continue beyond 2014. The IRA and Rick Jenkner stepped in to assist Neil with this year’s race to ensure it goes out in style.

The race has had some illustrious winners over the years, several of whom have gone on to greater fame such as local coach and Peach City Marathon winner Kevin Cutjar, Olympian Malindi Elmore, Vancouver Marathon winner Keddi-Anne Sherbino, and Challenge Penticton winner Jeff Symonds. Symonds and Brent Helland are the only people to win the race three years in a row, while Mark Bomba has four wins and the course record of 15:17. Among the women, Jessica Hannah has won three times and Cindy Rhodes, Sarah Clark, and Brenda Shackleton twice each. Shackleton holds the women’s record of 17:50 set in 1997.

All former winners are being invited to attend with complimentary entry. If you are a former winner and have not received your invitation, it is because we do not know how to contact you. We are particularly seeking to contact original women’s winner Tanya Trevors, Kathy Rung, and men’s winners Aiden Gidlow, Chris Babiuk, and Michael Simpson. Please contact Rick Jenkner at ultramanrick@yahoo.ca with information. Thank you.

The final race will honour former Pounder and IMC age group record holder Lorne Smith, who passed away from Alzheimer disease in 2013. A portion of each entry fee will be donated to the Alzheimer Foundation in his memory.

The race will be held on March 2 at 10am, with the start on Lakeshore Drive just outside the Lakeside resort. There is a special room rate at the resort starting at $89. Ask for the 5K rate. Registration is on-line through Zone 4 (there is a link on http://www.interiorrunningassociation.com ) and costs just $18 for adults and $13 for those 15 and under. Entry forms are downloadable from the IRA site, and are also available at Peach City Runners and other select locations throughout the Thompson-Okanagan.

Race information and online registration, http://www.interiorrunningassociation.com/lakeside5k.html


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