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MECRaceESQThe MEC Race Series events continue to grow, while many other races on Southern Vancouver Island seem to be shrinking in participation numbers. Perhaps it is MEC’s quick turnaround on the post-race activities and low prices that are attracting so many runners.

It helps to have a popular outdoors store constantly filled with prospective registrants.

It also helps to offer up courses that are accurately measured and provide runners with same day results, like the big races do.

Last Sunday, saw the Sooke 5K, 10K and Half Marathon event take place at a new venue, despite this disruption, the numbers went up two-and-a-half times from 2015.

“We had a total of 507 registrants for this race, compared to 233 in 2015 (when we hosted at Sooke Potholes). For a first year at our new venue, with a brand new 5K/10K/Half Marathon, we are very happy with the result,” shared Race Director Caitlin Brown.

Participants enjoyed the course, despite the fact that they had to traverse Lagoon Road Hill that leads to Esquimalt lagoon from Wishart Rd.

Top three results from each race, male and female. Full results>>

5K

1 Carlos Lesser M25-29 17:02
2 Matthew Winkler M20-24 17:41
3 Bryan Magnus M30-34 19:12
1 (7 overall) Patricia Roney F30-34 22:28
2 (13 overall) Renee Milne F30-34 24:35
3 (18 overall) Shannon Leydon F30-34 25:16

10K

1 Theo Jankowski M25-29 38:11
2 Simon Widmann M20-24 39:39
3 Jerry Hughes M35-39 39:45
1 (10 overall) Allison Fryer F40-44 45:01
2 (13 overall) Camila Kuljis F25-29 45:12
3 (15 overall) Leanne Herrndorf F20-24 46:07

Half Marathon

1 Adam Buzinsky M25-29 1:22:27
2 Mike Orsini M30-34 1:24:20
3 Peterson Perrin M20-24 1:25:01
1 (9 overall) Rachel Thorley F35-39 1:34:35
2 (11 overall) Raisa Papish F40-44 1:38:27
3 (12 overall) Carolyn Swanson F40-44 1:38:54