Call for Resolutions !!

July 22, 2016

2016 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
November 18, 19, 20 2016

Forward any and all resolutions that you, your committee, or your club wish to have brought forth at the 2016 BC Athletics AGM by the deadline on Monday, October 3, 2016.
Resolutions received after the deadline can only be brought forth on the floor at the AGM as recommendations to the Board of Directors unless ruled by the membership at the AGM to be of an urgent matter.
All resolutions submitted by the October 3, 2016 deadline will be reviewed by the BC Athletic Board of Directors and resolutions to be brought forward at the 2016 BC Athletics AGM will be posted on the BC Athletics website no later than October 18, 2016.
2016 On-Line Resolution form


Upcoming Level 2 Officials Workshops

January 15, 2015

Officials Level 2 Workshop:

This workshop is required for advancement to Level 2 in the Athletics Canada National Officials Certification program.
For full information and registration details please click on the links below:

Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Delta BC

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Prince George BC


2014 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting Weekend Update

November 24, 2014

2014 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting – December 5,6,7 2014 – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel:

Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel – Deadline for special, BC Athletics room rate – November 25, 2014

Weekend Agenda: Draft available on the BC Athletics website – to be updated as needed

Delegate Registration: All Delegates (Voting and Non-voting) must registrar no later than Thursday, December 4, 2014

Elections: Election information and nominees available on the website

Proxy Votes: Must be registered no later than Thursday, December 4, 2014

Governance Sessions:
Session 1. Coaching Education – Certification and Evaluation Explained. Presented by Jennifer Schutz – Coaching Education Coordinator, BC Athletics

Session 2. Club Development – Club Excellence Program. Presented by Douglas Duncan – Director, Domestic Programs & Sport Development, Athletics Canada

Please register for the sessions you wish to take part in.

2014 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet ticket deadline – December 2, 2014


BC Athletics Annual Awards Deadline!

October 23, 2014

Just a reminder that the 2014 BC Athletics Annual Awards nomination deadline is fast approaching.
You have until Sunday November 2, 2014 to get your nominations in to the BC Athletics office.
Annual Awards information and nomination forms are available on the website.

The 2014 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.
Tickets can be purchased through the BC Athletics Website
Get your tickets early – last year we sold out one week before the banquet!


2014 BC Athletics Masters Committee – Annual General Meeting

October 20, 2014

BC Masters Committee Annual General Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19 2014 – 6:30pm
Location: #204 – 2929 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC
Those wishing to attend should contact Jake Madderom – jake_madderom@telus.net


2014 BC ATHLETICS ANNUAL AWARDS !!

September 25, 2014

Nomination forms for the 2014 BC Athletics Annual Awards are now available on the BC Athletics website.

For complete details please go to the RECOGNITION section

Full details for the 2014 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet will be available shortly.


Lower Mainland Road Race Series wraps up

August 19, 2014

The 2014 Lower Mainland Road Race Series concluded on Sunday. Bookended by the Steveston Icebreaker 8K and the Richmond Oval 10K, the nine races in between took runners as far afield as the Sunshine Coast, south to White Rock, and north to Squamish.

When all was done, 82 runners had completed 5 or more of the races, qualifying them for series prizing from Timex, Running Room, Muscle Mlk and Wholly Noggin.

Category winners were:

MU20: Alex Nightingale, 86 pts
M2024: Evan Elder, 131 pts
M2529: Jan Heuninck, 77 pts
M3034: Nicholas Browne, 130 pts
M3539: Chris Napier, 119 pts
M4044: Patrick Jones, 110 pts
M4549: Kevin O'Connor, 150 pts
M5054: Mark Bennett, 150 pts
M5559: Gordon Carscadden, 126 pts
M6064: Leo Lam, 125 pts
M6569: Terry Riggins, 145 pts
M70+: John Hollifield, 135 pts

FU20: Olivia Willett, 150 pts
F2024: Kimberley Doerksen, 140 pts
F2529: Jen Moroz, 114 pts
F3034: Zahida Jaffer, 57 pts
F3539: Fainne Martin, 86 pts
F4044: Catherine Watkins, 150 pts
F4549: Helen Ritchie, 145 pts
F5054: Kimberley Gagliano, 150 pts
F5559: No qualifiers
F6064: Ann Reynolds, 128 pts
F6569: Irene Wingate, 150 pts
F70+: Nancy Napier, 140 pts

Special recognition went to Darrell Lahey and Dan Murphy, who completed all 11 races in the series.

Complete series rankings at lmrrs.com


Martinson Repeats as Doerksen Triumphs for the First Time

July 24, 2014

It came down to the final few seconds after 7 months of competition to determine the winners of the 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series. After Kimberley Doerksen crossed the finish line in 35:17 at the Summerfast 10K she had to wait to see if it was quick enough to surpass Catherine Watkins in the rankings. As the clock ticked past 35:24 Watkins would be unable to improve her existing point score, and so Doerksen moved to the top of the podium, and with it collected $1,000.

Similar stories played out down the field for minor places, as runners either completed their fifth race in the series to qualify for series awards, or looked to discard a low score with a faster time.

The Timex BC Road Running Series comprised 15 races, held throughout the province, starting at the Harriers Pioneer 8K in Saanichton in January, and concluding with Saturday’s Summerfast 10K in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Times are converted to a point score, with an athlete’s 5 best scores determining their place in the rankings. The top 4 men and women at the series end are invited to represent BC at the Timex Series Finale held in conjunction with the Canadian 10K Championship at the Oasis ZooRun 10K in Toronto on September 20.

When the dust (or more accurately the rain) had settled, VFAC’s Doerksen beat Watkins by just 4 points, 4398 to 4394. Sabrina Wilkie took third with 4355 points. Top 10 women were:

1. Kimberley Doerksen 4398
2. Catherine Watkins 4394
3. Sabrina Wilkie 4355
4. Jen Moroz 4195
5. Melissa Ross 4185
6. Claire Morgan 4165
7. Katherine Moore 4136
8. Shauna Gersbach 4063
9. Kristin Smart 4056
10. Brittany Therrien 3989

On the men’s side, Prairie Inn Harrier Geoff Martinson was untouchable, winning 4 of his 5 races outright, and scoring a record 4527 points – the first time anyone has exceeded 4500 points. The battle for second was much closer, and was only decided at the final race. Despite Theo Hunt beating Adam Byles on the day, his margin was not enough to surpass Byles in the rankings, as Byles scored 4324 to Hunt’s 4315. Top 10 men were:

1. Geoff Martinson 4527
2. Adam Byles 4324
3. Theo Hunt 4315
Logan Roots 4181* *Not eligible for prizing YK member
4. Kevin O'Connor 4174
5. Nicholas Browne 4110
6. Craig Odermatt 4095
7. Mark Bennett 4031
8. Chris Barth 3963
9. Aaron Weidman 3950
10. Chris Napier 3853

Complete 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series information and rankings can be found here.

The 2015 Timex BC Series will kick off again on January 11, 2015 at the Harriers Pioneer 8K, also hosting the 2015 BC 8K Championship.

2014 Timex BC Road Running Series winners (photo credits Rick Horne):


Course Record for Cliff highlights Summerfast 10K

July 23, 2014

Rachel Cliff was the star on an un-summer-like morning as athletes from across BC and beyond descended on Stanley Park for the BC 10K Championship held in conjunction with the Summerfast 10K, hosted by the Vancouver Falcons. The event was also the final race in the 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series, and race 9 in the Lower Mainland Road Race Series.

Cliff shattered the course record set last year by Natasha Wodak by over a minute, placing 8th overall in 33:58, to also take the BC Championship title. Lindsay Carson from Whitehorse was also under the old record in 34:47. Kimberley Doerksen, from the host club took 3rd in 35:17. Sabrina Wilkie completed the 10K Championship podium in 35:42, reversing positions from the 5K Championship with Catherine Watkins who finished close behind in 35:59 to take top master and just miss her masters course record.

The men’s race was a repeat of 2013, with Kelly Wiebe returning from injury to successfully defend his Summerfast title, and Theo Hunt again taking the runner-up spot. Wiebe was 20 seconds slower this year, but was still a comfortable winner in 30:17. Hunt had the consolation of taking the BC Championship in 31:28, as Wiebe represents his native Saskatchewan. Adam Byles chased hard for third place in 31:44. Fourth place was another Yukoner in Logan Roots (32:42), so the Championship positions were completed by Nic Browne in 32:53.

Mark Bennett again showed no sign of slowing down, bettering all other masters as well as most younger runners, placing 6th overall in 33:32 at age 53, the top age-graded performance of the day.

Championship results can be found here, with overall race results here.

Following the race and Championship awards, winners of the 2014 Timex BC Road Running Series were announced.

Championship winners:


Stellar Fields set for Saturday’s Summerfast 10K

July 17, 2014

The Vancouver Falcons’ Summerfast 10K in Stanley Park on Saturday morning has attracted stellar fields, with the BC 10K Championship and the Timex BC Road Running Series titles on the line.

The women’s race will be a re-match for the top-4 finishers from the Vancouver Sun Run. In April, Rachel Cliff was the clear winner (33:14), followed by the Yukon’s Lindsay Carson, BMO Vancouver Marathon champion Kimberley Doerksen, and recent BC 5K Champion and top master Catherine Watkins. Added to the mix will be former Sun Run champion Natasha Wodak, and 5K Championship runner-up Sabrina Wilkie. All but Carson will be competing for the BC Championship title.

Doerksen, Watkins, Wodak and Wilkie will also be battling for Timex Series honours, in this the final race in the 2014 series. Watkins currently holds a slim lead in the rankings over Doerksen. Both could improve their current scores by discarding slower performances. Wodak and Wilkie meanwhile need to finish Summerfast in order to score the minimum 5 races. The permutations are endless – Doerksen could leap-frog Watkins by running quicker than 35:24, but only if Watkins runs slower than that time; Wodak could surpass both if she runs a similar time, but again only if the other two don’t also run under that time. All have personal bests well under 35 minutes. Wodak set the course record of 35:01 last year, with Doerksen 21 seconds behind. And Watkins holds the masters record. To the series winner goes $1,000, with $500 for second and $300 for third. Wilkie would appear to have the lock on $200 for fourth place if she finishes.

On the men’s side, course record holder (29:57) Kelly Wiebe may defend his title, but will be hard pressed to do so by training partner Dylan Wykes who ran the fastest 10K by a Canadian this year when finishing runner-up at the Vancouver Sun Run (29:11).

Neither Wiebe nor Wykes are eligible for the BC Championship, as they still represent their native Saskatchewan and Ontario respectively. That will likely leave the Championship open to Theo Hunt, who finished second at Summerfast last year, or Adam Byles.

In the men’s Timex Series, Geoff Martinson, who is not expected to run on Saturday, has an unassailable lead. Hunt and Byles will also be battling for second place in the Series. Hunt has to finish in under 31:05 to have a chance of taking second away from Byles. But Byles could improve his own score if he runs 31:38 or quicker. Top master Kevin O’Connor meanwhile has the lock on fourth place with the Yukon’s Logan Roots ineligible.

The action gets underway at 8:00am Saturday morning at Ceperley Park (2nd Beach), following the Stanley Park seawall in an anti-clockwise direction, to finish back at Ceperley Park.

Late registration and other information can be found on the race website at www.summerfast.ca

Timex BC Road Running Series details can be found at www.bcathletics.org/TimexRRSeries


Kelowna Midsummer 8K – Vancouver runners top

July 7, 2014

Full story: http://www.kelownarunningclub.com/pages/midsummer8k.html


Smithers Fire Rescue washes out competition in Skeena River Relay

June 23, 2014

Full Story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/263555911.html


Run the Rock on Texada Island

June 23, 2014

Full Story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/263861631.html


Wykes and Marchant notch emphatic victories at Scotiabank Vancouver Half-marathon

June 23, 2014

Full Story: http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/blog/2014/06/wykes-and-marchant-notch-emphatic-victories-at-scotibank-vancouver-half-marathon-830000-raised-for-charity/


Martinson and Watkins crowned BC 5K Champions

June 16, 2014

The BlueShore Financial Longest Day Road Races hosted by the Vancouver Thunderbirds club were blessed with sunny skies on Friday evening, at the latest stop in the Timex BC Road Running Series. The feature 5K event also served as the 2014 BC Championship, as well as being part of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series.

Events got underway with the Kids Mile, as over 100 enthusiastic kids led the charge around UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Once finished they had opportunity to participate in RunJumpThrow and other activities.

In the main event, Geoff Martinson from Victoria was almost as fast off the start line as the kids had been. His 2:35 through the downhill first kilometre quickly strung out the field, leaving the contest for second place. The former World Championship 1500m semi-finalist didn’t take his foot off the gas though, as his lead continued to grow all the way to the finish, coming home almost a minute clear in 14:33. In so doing Martinson added the 5K BC Championship to the 8K title he won earlier in the year.

The race for second was not decided until the final 100m. Christian Gravel, representing the host club while home for the summer from the University of Guelph, initially followed Martinson. But top master Kevin O’Connor slowly reeled him in, passing Gravel briefly before entering the finish arena. Gravel was not done though, and demonstrated his superior track speed down the finish straight, edging O’Connor 15:30 to 15:32. O’Connor had the consolation of finishing top master.

The women’s race was a much closer contest for Championship honours. Training partners Sabrina Wilkie and Catherine Watkins have fought many close races this year, with only a one point average separating them in the Timex BC Series rankings. So it was again on Friday, as they ran shoulder to shoulder through the first half of the race, before Watkins gradually moved ahead. Fearful that Wilkie would fight back, Watkins ran scared the rest of the way, to triumph in 17:03, with Wilkie crossing the line at 17:14. Watkins also collected top master honours.

Behind them Melissa Ross continued her return to fitness with a solid 17:33 clocking for third place on the podium.

In the accompanying 10K race Will Cliff (34:05) and Lissa Zimmer (36:58) were the clear winners.

There were over 750 finishers in the 5K race, with a further 500 plus in the 10K. Post race all participants were treated to the usual feast featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, fruits, veggies, yogurt, ice cream, pies, juice & other goodies. The event was also a fund raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

With the win, Martinson moves to the top of the Timex BC Series rankings, with two races remaining. Next up is the Midsummer 8K in Kelowna on July 6, before wrapping up at the Summerfast 10K in Vancouver on July 19, which also serves the 2014 BC 10K Championship.

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series meanwhile continues this Sunday with the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon.

Complete race results here.

BC 5K Championship results here.


Rotich runs away with Sandcastle 10K title

June 9, 2014

Full story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/262405931.html


Jackson defends Whistler Half Marathon title

June 9, 2014

Full Story: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/jackson-defends-whistler-half-marathon-title/Content?oid=2560005&showFullText=true


Ellie Greenwood, Comrades Marathon Champion, Interview

June 5, 2014

Full story: http://athleticsillustrated.com/interviews/ellie-greenwood-interview/


Kamloops Marathon supports TRU Wolfpack athletes

May 29, 2014

The Kamloops Marathon on July 27 comprises a Boston qualifier eligible marathon, a marathon relay, a half marathon, an 8K and a 3K.

Proceeds from the event will support TRU WolfPack athletes. In addition to assisting student athletes to travel to races, funds raised will create bursaries to help these students offset the cost of tuition and books. Bursaries ensure TRU is accessible to all qualified students that want to pursue their passions. Your participation in the Kamloops Marathon keeps the door to higher education open by ensuring financial resources are available to student athletes in need. You are helping students complete their education and realize their dreams.

Prices are set to rise on June 1, so register by midnight Saturday for the best deal on the full or half marathon, or 8K. All registrants receive a technical running shirt, a medal, and a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup. Registration is also available for the marathon relay. Teams are a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 members and you can split the segments any way you wish, with each one approximately 10K.

For all members of the family a 3K fun run will follow the completion of the other events. Registration is only $20 and includes a cotton shirt and ribbon for all participants, as well as the pancake breakfast.

Complete information, http://www.kamloopsmarathon.ca/


Greenwood cruises to silver in Vancouver marathon

May 13, 2014

Full story: http://www.nsnews.com/sports/a-26-mile-stroll-in-the-park-1.1056261