by Louise Hodgson-Jones
March 17, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Comox Valley RV Half Marathon – takes place on Sunday, March 23, at 11 am. The race starts and finishes at Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, and is hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners.
Runners can register online until midnight, Wednesday March 19 at www.vira.bc.ca, or on Saturday March 22 at Extreme Runners, 436 5th Ave, Courtenay, or on race day. Race registration until March 19 is $25 for adults and $20 for students. Race day fees are $35 and $30 for students.
Over 550 are registered to date for the race. “The race is on a relatively flat out and back course that has the reputation of being one of the fastest courses in the country. Many personal bests have been set here and with favourable weather predicted, this year should be no exception,” says Race Director, Wayne Crowe.
The course winds its way through rural Courtenay along Condensory, Piercy, Dove Creek and Burns Roads. The race may result in minor traffic delays during the event. Residents in the area and Skiers heading to the mountain that day are encouraged to choose alternate routes or plan their day around the event to ease congestion an ensure the safety of the participants.
“The Comox Valley Race Weekend also includes a 5 km run on Saturday morning and a banquet on Saturday evening at the Best Western Hotel. Keynote speaker will be the always inspirational Lucy Smith and entertainment will be by award winning singer Helen Austin,” adds Crowe.
The Comox course records are held by Jon Brown (2005) 1:03:57, and Stephanie Andrew (1998) 1:16:55.
Prairie Inn Harriers lead the Island Series club standings with 2702 points, with Comox Valley Road Runners second (1345) and Bastion Running Club third (1310)
Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Comox Valley RV Half Marathon will be followed by Merville 15K on April 6, and Sooke River 10K on April 13. The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon is part of the Timex BC Series. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics. Registration is now online at www.vira.bc.ca. Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on www.pih.bc.ca