London Olympians Headline GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series

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September 25, 2012, Victoria, BC – Two-time Olympian Simon Whitfield, track cycling bronze medalist Tara Whitten, and 1500-metre runner Hilary Stellingwerff are among the speakers at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series, to be held on Saturday October 6 at the Marathon Race Expo.

The Speaker Series runs from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the Auditorium.

Whitfield, Whitten and Stellingwerff will be sharing their Olympic memories with race announcer Steve King. Also featured in the speaker series is CBC broadcaster Paul Kennedy, who with GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Race Director, Rob Reid, and runner and humanitarian John Carson will be explaining their reasons to stage the Rift Valley Marathon in Kenya next spring, and discussing the mythical training trails in the area that constantly produce the best runners on the planet.

Greg Marchand will be recounting how he struggled to recover from heart surgery and brain damage after suffering a heart attack at the finish line of the Pioneer 8K in 1998. Ultra-marathoner Niobe Thompson will be showing a special presentation of his film, The Perfect Runner, physiologist Trent Stellingwerff will discuss how to optimize recovery after a race by strategically consuming protein and carbs, and 19-timer Canadian champion Lucy Smith has a light-hearted look at how running has changed over the years.

“Our Speaker Series continues to grow, and we continue to offer participants high quality sessions from internationally renowned presenters,” say Race Director Rob Reid.

The 33rd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon takes place Sunday, October 7th, 2012. For the fourth year in a row it will host the 2012 BC Marathon Championships. The total purse available in the Dairlyland Elite Athlete Program, including incentive bonuses, is $38,800. 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

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.