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The special registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away – on Sunday May 15. The 37th Annual event on Sunday, October 9, features a Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and Thrifty Foods Kids Run. For the eighth year in a row the event will host the BC Marathon Championships.

All four races are capped – the Marathon is capped at 1,350; Half Marathon at 3,300; 8K Road Race at 2,500 and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run at 1,300.

“We would like to challenge those 7,000+ runners who crossed the TC10K finish line to register for the 8K,” says Cathy Noel, General Manager. “Register now and be eligible to win prizes when we compare your 8K split at the TC10K to your 8K time on October 9th.”

The special marathon entry fee is $90. The deadline also applies to the Half Marathon and the 8K Road Race where the fees are $65 and $35. After May 15 early bird registration fees will apply – $100 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half Marathon and $40 for the 8K Road Race. The entry fee for the Thrifty Foods Kids Run remains at $18 until October 10.

“We want to help participants to stay healthy and reach their race goals, and so over the next five months we are going to provide training tips and free training events. Information will be in our newsletters which anyone can sign up to receive – details to sign up are on our website,” adds Noel.

The total prize purse for the Dairyland High Performance Athlete Program in the Marathon and Half Marathon is $36,650, 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 Wodak-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