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By Louise Hodgson-Jones
Photos By Tony Austin and Jonathan Howe

Victoria, BC (ISN) – The first women’s-only race to take place on Vancouver Island – the Victoria Goddess Run – was given a big thumbs up yesterday, by over 1,400 women.

The inaugural run, that took place on Sunday June 3, consisted of the Frontrunners Half-Marathon, Westhills 10k and What’s Up Media 5k. The three races started and finished at Goudy Park at Langford City Parks.

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The Goddesses celebrate at teh 2012 Goddess Run (Photo by Tony Austin)

A mix of sun and haze with no wind, made for perfect conditions for the participants. The Frontrunners Half-Marathon had 240 finishers, the Westhills 10k had 822, and the What’s Up Media 5k had 364 for a total of 1,426 finishers.

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Runners in Sunday’s Goddess Run were decked out in all kinds of interesting attire (Photo by Jonathan Howe – One Lion Photography)

“We would like to congratulate all the goddesses that participated yesterday!,” said Co-Race Director Cathy Noel. “We hope everyone will wear their Sporty Jewels necklace with pride and remember all the laughter, money raised for charity and good times at the first annual event. We look forward to the participants’ feedback, and to making the Victoria Goddess Run even better next year.”

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The runners hit the road at the start of the Half-Marathon (Photo  by Tony Austin)

“We would like to thank our sponsors and the support of the City of Langford and Colwood who really made the Goddess Run happen,” said Co-Race Director, Andrea Carey. “They were very supportive and enthusiastic throughout the planning process. Our 235 volunteers were fantastic: they came up to the plate to make it a safe and memorable experience for everyone”

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A competitor celebrates her success at the 2012 Goddess Run (Photo by Jonathan Howe – One Lion Photography)

The race supported four 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. A total of $12,000 was raised for the charities.

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A trio of Goddesses complete their run (Photo by Tony Austin)

Victoria Goddess Run results can be seen on 

Registration for 2013 will open on June 15, 2012.