Victoria, BC (ISN) – A strong elite field will be running the Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5K on Sunday, March 4. Matt Clout, Jim Finlayson and Sean Chester lead the men’s seeds, while in the women’s race Malindi Elmore, Paula Findlay, Hilary Stellingwerff, and Catrin Jones will be battling for the top positions.
The Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K on Sunday, March 4 will see a strong elite field. To date over 32 elite athletes have registered with more expected over the weekend. The new course – an out-and-back route starting at Tulista Park on Lochside Drive, near Sidney, to Cy Hampson Park – is part of the Timex BC Series.
The top male three seeds registered so far, all from Victoria, are Matt Clout, who was third in the Good Life Fitness Victoria Marathon 8K; Jim Finlayson, who placed second at the Pioneer 8K, and Sean Chester who won the Cobble Hill 10K last weekend. “Both Brent McMahon and Geoff Martinson are expected to register which will make for a very competitive race,” says Nick Walker from Race Day Timing.
The women’s field features Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore, 2012 Vancouver Sun Run champion, Hilary Stellingwerff, Good Life Fitness Victoria Marathon 8K winner, WCS triathlete Paula Findlay, who will be competing in the London Olympics, and Catrin Jones, winner of the Cobble Hill 10K and the 2010 Good Life Fitness Victoria Marathon.
Runners can register at Frontrunners, 1200 Vancouver Streeton Saturday March 3, or on race day at the Mary Winspear Center, Sidney. Race day fees are $35, and $30 for students.
The Prairie Inn Harriers, Victoria lead the club standings with 2,609 points, followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 1,238. Frontrunners Athletic Club and Bastion Running Club are tied in third place with 1,052 points.
Bazan Bay 5K will be followed by Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 18, Merville 15K on April 1, and SookeRiver10K on April 15.
Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon are also part of the Timex BC Series. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics. Registration is now online at www.vira.ba.ca Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on www.pih.bc.ca.