The regular registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away – on Tuesday, September 15. The 36th Annual event features a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run. For the seventh year in a row the event will host the BC Marathon Championships.
“It isn’t too late to think about registering. With the amazing weather we are enjoying, it is perfect conditions for training,” says Cathy Noel, General Manager of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. “We encourage everyone to challenge themselves, colleagues, friends and family to be at the start line on October 11. There are also 20 fantastic charities to donate a little or a lot to.”
The regular marathon entry fee is $110. The deadline also applies to the Half Marathon and the 8K Road Race where the fees are $85 and $45. After September 15 late registration fees will apply – $130 for theMarathon, $95 for the Half Marathon and $50 for the 8K Road Race. The entry fee for the Thrifty Foods Kids Run remains at $17 until October 10.
The event is known for its superior New Balance technical garments and this year is no exception. Marathon participants receive a half-zip long-sleeved performance shirt, half marathoners receive a long-sleeved shirt, and 8K participants a short-sleeved shirt. To guarantee size, participants must register by October 7.
The total prize purse for the Marathon and Half Marathon is $46,650, with $4,000 each going to the top male and female Marathoner, and a $5,000 bonus for a new men’s or women’s Marathon course record. The Men’s course record was set in 2013 by Lamech Mokono in 2:13:42 and the Women’s by Lucy Njeri in 2011 (2:37:56). Natasha Fraser set a new women’s Half Marathon record in 2012 (1:14:06). The Men’s Half Marathon record is held by Jon Brown (2002 – 1:02:32). Gary Barber holds the men’s 8K Road Race course record (1989 – 23:23), and Ulla Marquette holds the women’s record (1991 – 26:24). Two World Records have also been set in Victoria - Gwen McFarlan in 2010 in the W75-79 (4:02:27); and Betty Jean McHugh in the W80-99 in 2008 (4:35:52).
For more details and to register, visit www.runvictoriamarathon.com
Photo by Simon DesRochers