The ever popular Comox Valley RV Half Marathon – the sixth race in the Vancouver Island Race Series – is this coming Sunday, March 18. Over 400 are registered and with the series coming to a close next month, many runners will need to run this scenic course to enable them to qualify for the final awards. To qualify five out of the eight races need to be run with one race being over 10k.
Hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners, the race has been a half marathon since 1995. When the series started in the mid ’80’s and into the 90’s it was a 20k race. The out and back course winds its way through rural Courtenay with views of Mt. Washington, Forbidden Plateau and the Tsolum and Puntledge Rivers.
“CVRR looks forward to hosting everyone on our very fast Half Marathon course. Racers can also expect great hospitality and exceptional post-race refreshments and awards, thanks to Comox Valley RV and our numerous sponsors,” says Race Director, Wayne Crowe.
The race starts at Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay at 11 am on Sunday, but there is a 10 am start for walkers and runners anticipating finishing in more than 2.5 hours.
Runners can register online until 6 pm, Thursday March 15 at www.islandseries.org, or on race day. Race fees until March 15 are $30 for adults and $25 for students. Race day fees are $40.
There is excitement in the club championship with Bastion Run Club taking the lead with 1,918 points, second is Ceevacs with 1,822 and third is Prairie Inn Harriers with 1,806 points. With three races to go we could have a photo finish at the final race in Sidney on April 8. Prior to that we have the TriStars Sooke 10k on March 25.
The current leaders in the individual standings – Alison Hooper and Ian Searle – have only done two races in the series so they will have to complete the final three to maintain their lead.
To register for any of the races in the Island Series go to www.islandseries.org