Victoria, BC – The early bird registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away – on July 15. To date over 4,300 registrations have been received for all four events – the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon.
It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next week before the regular registration fees apply.
All four races are capped and in 2010 the Half Marathon sold out prior to race day. The Marathon is capped at 4,000; Half Marathon at 6,800; 8K Road Race at 4,000 and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon at 1,000.
Over the last ten years the event – through its Official Charities and the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program – has raised over $1.1 Million. The four official charities are KidSport Greater Victoria, Raise A Reader, GoodLife Kids Foundation and the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group. In addition there are 20 charities in the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program.
“It is time to commit to run, walk, or volunteer on October 7 and we encourage all participants to choose a charity to support,” says Cathy Noel, General Manager of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. “Only seven percent of participants are supporting a charity, and the 20 charities participating in the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program need your help. It’s easy to join a team or make a donation, more information is at www.runvictoriamarathon.com/cpp.”
The marathon early bird entry fee is $95. The deadline also applies to the Half Marathon and the 8K Road Race where the fees are $70 and $35. After July 15 regular registration fees will apply – $105 for the Marathon, $80 for the Half Marathon and $40 for the 8K Road Race. The entry fee for the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon remains at $15 until October 6.
The 33rd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon takes place Sunday, October 7th, 2012. For the fourth year in a row it will host the BC Marathon Championships. There is $37,300 available in prize money with $3,000 each going to the top male and female and a $5,000 bonus for a new men’s or women’s course record. In 2011 three new course records were set. Thomas Omwenga set a new men’s marathon record in 2:14:33; Lucy Njeri broke the 22-year women’s marathon record in 2:37:56, and Natasha Wodak set a new women’s half marathon record in 1:15:27. For more details, visit www.runvictoriamarathon.com.