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With Photos by Charlotte Cowley

Victoria, BC (ISN) – A new women’s-only race will take place on Sunday, June 3 in Langford, BC – the first time that a race for women exclusively has been held on Vancouver Island. The Victoria Goddess Run will be a half-marathon, 10k and 5k starting and finishing at Langford City Parks.

Within a month of registration opening, over 900 people have signed up, and the run will have a cap of 1,500.

The race will feature on-course surprises, unique participant gifts, entertainment and a post-run festival.

The three race routes all circle Glen Lake, with the half marathon then heading south to Happy Valley Road and Latoria Road, winding its way down into Lagoon Road in Colwood and Ocean Boulevard. A challenging uphill towards Fort Rodd Hill is followed by a stretch on the Galloping Goose Trail before heading back to Glen Lake Road and the finish.

Andrea Carey and Cathy Noel - Co-Race Directors
Andrea Carey and Cathy Noel – Co-Race Directors – at the Media Event Tuesday (Photo by Charlotte Cowley)

“We are extremely excited to bring the Victoria Goddess Run to Victoria,” says Co-Race Director, Andrea Carey. “We have had the opportunity to participate in women’s only events in other places, and the energy and camaraderie that happens through a group of women coming together to participate is extremely powerful. We wanted women to find a reason to join us on June 3rd, and I think that the silver necklace everyone gets when they finish has helped. That and the charity component makes what we can achieve fantastic.”

Cathy Noel, Denise Relke and Louise Hodgson-Jones
Cathy Noel, Denise Relke and Louise Hodgson-Jones (Photo by Charlotte Cowley).

The Victoria Goddess Run will support four local charities: the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre, supporting women who have suffered a sexual assault; Women’s Transition House who work to help women who have suffered abuse to get the help they need to get back on their feet; ProMotion Plus who support women and girls participation in sport and physical activity; and SportAssist which supports kids participation in sport if they cannot afford it. When participants register $5 from every fee will go to the charity of their choice. Each participant can then have the option of donating more to one or more charities. At the official launch last night $6,265.00 was presented to the charities.

Cheque presentation to charities
Cheques are presented to the various charities that will benefit from the run during the media event Tuesday (Photo by Charlotte Cowley).

“The energy is building around the Victoria Goddess Run and it will only continue to grow as we get closer to event day, as the event sells out and as women and girls continue to train for this inaugural Goddess Run,” says Co-Race Director Cathy Noel. “The event will not only make an impact on those participants that are registered, but also their friends and family who will be able to cheer and celebrate the successes of the Goddesses and the four charities that will benefit. Each event will be capped so we don’t want women and girls to miss out on taking part at whatever distance they are comfortable participating in, so register now, don’t procrastinate!”

Registration is filling up for all three events – go to to register. For more information email: