July 3,2014(ISN) – Victoria – Diane Cummins, former Victoria athlete, 7-time National
Champion and 5-time world championship qualifier, will officially announce
her retirement to her track career at the 26th Annual Victoria
International Track Classic next week.
“Diane has been an inspiration to many and a Track Classic favourite for
many years,” said Brent Fougner, President of the Victoria International
Running Society, the organization behind the event. “She is the type of
runner that has always showed immense determination in her racing. If Diane
was racing for a certain qualifying time or championship she was ready and
would usually surpass her own and everyone else’s expectations.”
Cummins began her coveted career back as a triple jumper and sprinter in
the late 90’s at UBC. Shortly thereafter, she quickly grew into a running
demon in the 800 meter distance leaving others working hard to keep up to
her pace. Her legacy spanned almost 15 years through international
competitions that placed her on Canada’s Olympic team in 2004, and more
importantly, five times at the World Track and Field Championships. She is
Canada’s 800-meter record holder in a time of 1:58.39 and just last week
received a bronze medal in the event in her 18th appearance at the Canadian
Championships in Moncton at the age of 40.
“It’s crazy to think about my relationship with Diane,” said Vicky
Lynch-Pounds, former Canadian 800 meter rival and teammate in Missoula. “At
first we were fierce rivals but it was hard to be friends with someone that
you wanted to beat so bad because she was just so darn nice. Now we are
friends for life”.
Cummins’ 800 meter race will be the final race of the evening on July 8th
and expectations are that her supporters and many fans will be there to
cheer her on to celebrate her retirement from the sport.
The Victoria International Track Classic kicks off with a tailgate party at
4:30 p.m. followed by the Community Mile Relay Challenge at 6:00 p.m. and
the Main Event featuring Olympians and international competition at 7:00
The Victoria International Track Classic is one of two events the Victoria
International Running Society operates, the other is the TC 10K, one of
Canada’s largest participating 10K events.
Tickets for the Victoria International Track Classic are available on-line
at www.trackclassic.ca or at Centennial Stadium’s gate on July 8th starting
at 4:00 p.m.