October 15, 2012, Victoria, BC – The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon is the most competitive Half Marathon in BC this year, according to BC Athletics. The ranking is based on the times of the top 20 men and women. The Half Marathon, with the Marathon and 8K Road Race, took place on Sunday, October 7.
The Half Marathon also ranked as the fourth best of all distances with 33,354 points. Vancouver Island races made three of the top four rankings. First was the Vancouver Sun Run 10K with 34,544; then Bazan Bay 5K: 33,772, and the TC10K: 33,767.
Finish times are converted to a performance score using a statistical formula. “I sum the performance scores of the top 20 men and the top 20 women for a measure of how competitive a race is,” says Maurice Wilson, BC Athletics, Technical Manager Road & Cross Country Running. “It is a means to informally determine which the most competitive races are in BC, and as a means to measure if the depth of performances is improving. In 2010 the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon scored 32,507, and in 2011 it scored 32,628. So 33,354 this year is a big improvement.”
Natasha Fraser from Port Moody set a new course record in the Half Marathon, breaking her own 2011 time, finishing in 1:14:06. Fraser is also the 2012 BC 10,000-metre Champion, the Vancouver Sun Run and TC10K Champion. Lucy Njeri was second in 1:14:27, and Winnipeg’s Esther Kipserem was third in 1:18:23.
The Men’s Half Marathon was won by Rutto Kibet from Edmonton in 1:04:27, with Victoria’s Geoff Martinson finishing second in 1:05:39. Third was Willy Kimosop from Lethbridge in 1:06:01.
The Marathon and 8K Road Race also received top scoring making the top 20 in the province with 30,608 and 31,275 points respectively.