The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has confirmed the line-up for this year’s Speaker Series, which takes place on Saturday, October 10 during the Race Expo at the Victoria Conference Centre. Darrell Fox, Terry Fox’s brother, local ultra runners Matt Cecill, Lori Herron and Myke LaBelle, and author Carrie Snyder are among the speakers. The 36th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 11.
It has been 35 years since Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope, and to mark the occasion, Terry’s brother, Darrell will share how his legacy lives on through the Terry Fox Foundation, the Terry Fox Research Institute and the Terry Fox Centre. “We are very pleased to have Terry’s younger brother Darrell sharing insights into this Canadian hero and explaining how Terry’s message of hope, courage and determination lives on through new and visionary projects,” says Rob Reid, Race Director.
Endurance runners will be interested to hear personal stories of surviving and thriving long distance events by Victoria runners Matt Cecill, Lori Herron and Myke LaBelle. They will be joined by Steve King, Race Announcer, Rich Benyo, editor of Marathon and Beyond, and Rhonda Prevost, the first woman to run the Death Valley/Mt Whitney out-and-back in 1995.
Carrie Snyder will be reading from her novel Girl Runner about fictional Olympic athlete Aganetha Smart, and her experiences on the Canadian track team in 1928 in Amsterdam. Author and masters athlete Margaret Webb shares her mission impossible story: getting fitter after 50 than she was as a Varsity athlete.
Race day preparation tips will be available in a question and answer session led by Cathy Noel, General Manager, and Rob Reid, Race Director; and Dr.Trent Stellingwerff will talk about best-practices on nutrition and hydration, including new information on what some of the best ultra-runners in the world do for their nutrition and hydration practices.
The Speaker Series is free and will run from 9:30 am – 3:15 pm, Saturday, October 10 at the Race Expo, Level 1 of the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street, Victoria.
Race Expo hours are: Friday, October 9, 3:00 – 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, October 11, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
For more details and to register for the event, visit www.runvictoriamarathon.com