Victoria Track Series awards handed out, Gary Duncan and Beth Venables Performance Award winners
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The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Track Series wrapped up its eighth season with a fundraiser and awards night at the Strathcona Hotel, in the Maple Room on Sunday night.
Age-group award winners were recognized, the full results are available here>>.
The annual Maurice Tarrant and Marcia Stromsmoe Performance Awards were named to the series participants (male and female) who received the most votes from fellow runners, volunteers, officials and spectators. The 2017 winners were Prairie Inn Harrier Gary Duncan and Elizabeth Venables.
Duncan competes in the 50-59 age-group. He raced 11 times during the 2017 edition of the series and won every time for a total of 110 points, which was also the highest overall points volume by any athlete during the Frontrunners Points Race Series.
Duncan has won his age-group all eight years. Known as a prolific racer, he will take-in between 30-50 races around Greater Victoria each year.
The Performance Award is named after long-time Prairie Inn Harrier member Maurice Tarrant, who has won hundreds of races throughout his career and set approximately 60 national records. During the series alone, he has set one world, five national and two provincial records in the 80-plus and 85-plus age-categories.
Tarrant will be inducted into the Greater Victoria Hall of Fame on October 28 at Bear Mountain.
The winner of the Marcia Stromsmoe Performance Award is Elizabeth (Beth) Venables who competes in the 40-49 age-group. Venables specialises in the 800-metre distance.
She raced six times during the 2017 edition of the series, finishing first in her age-group each time.
She also raced once in the 1500m, 1000m and 300m distance events.
During the Saturday, May 21 meet, she outright won the 800m event, finishing in the time of 2:27.10. She followed up that race on June 8 with another 800m win in the time of 2:33.98. On June 14, she raced the 800m and the 1500m distances. Her finish times were 2:31.61 and 5:38.56 respectively.
In the final meet of the season, on June 21, she raced the 300m event and finished in the time of 47.33 during that same meet she won her age-group in the 1000m race by finishing in the time of 3:16.91. She finished third overall and was the first female.
The Marcia Stromsmoe Performance Award is named after the long-time Prairie Inn Harrier and Greater Victoria runner. She has a prolific record of age-group wins and top placings over the past two decades on the roads, trails and tracks of Western Canada. Originally from Edmonton, she once ran a sub-3-hour marathon in the 40-44 age-group.
On hand were two-time Olympian Bruce Deacon, who spoke for a few minutes to the crowd of runners. Deacon was introduced by Victoria HarbourCats owner Jim Swanson, who was on hand to talk about the success of the ball club on the diamond and at the gate.
The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Track Series provides the only opportunity for runners of all abilities and all ages to race on the track in distances from 100m to 10,000m.
During the eight years of the series, there have been 32 Canadian, six provincial (one Alberta, five BC) and two world records set. There have been other
age-group national records set, but not certified.