Tami Tate – Goddess Run
The Goddess participants were excited for the clear skies and slightly breezy weather at the eighth annual Goddess Run. For a second year, the event started and finished at Belmont School, and the 1200 participants loved the new BMO 5K and Westhills 10K courses.
“Two years ago we had incredible heat. Last year we had clouds and rain the night before, but this year was ideal” shared Cathy Noel, Race Director. “Once again Langford showed off their support of the event with lots of cheering and support on the course – and even some sprinklers to keep our Goddesses refreshed.”
In this eighth year of the Goddess Run, participants received a beautiful finisher’s medal which was placed around their necks by members of the Langford Fire Department. They also received a technical running shirt and race bag when they picked up their race package. And new this year, a Goddess Collectors Bead. Plus the post-race activities included the Lugaro Diamond Maze and the St. Margaret’s School Kidzone and Dash.
The race brought out some top elite runners: Westhills 10K – Sofia Donnecke (43:21), Kylyn Athey (45:04) and Melissa Brunner (46:06); BMO 5K – Lucy Smith (20:26), Sophie Mallory (21:55) and Liv Rabien (23:20).
For many racers, this was their first race. For others, it has become a yearly tradition. A large number of participants were there with large groups of friends and family, with lots of generations represented.
The Goddess Run has now completed eight years, raising over $200,000 for charity and has brought running and walking into the lives of many who had not considered they would ever compete in a race. This year’s charity of choice was the BC Cancer Foundation.
The Goddess Run is also registered in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge. The challenge is a national movement to get Canadians across the country to sit less and move more together. The Challenge will award Canada’s Most Active Community with $150,000, along with five regional community winners who will receive $20,000 each, to support local physical activity initiatives. Finalists and the grand prize winner will be announced at the end of June 2019.
For more information: http://www.goddessrun.ca/.