B.C. CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
UNIVERSITY OF WSHINGTON SUNDODGER - SEATTLE
UVIC 3RD AT STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL
CALLING ALL MASTERS!
CANADIAN ROAD 10K CHAMPIONSHIPS - FREDERICTON
BABCOCK CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
NEW WORLD RECORD - MEN'S MARATHON
TWO WORLD RECORDS SET ON TORONTO WATERFRONT
But it was two older runners who outshone the field. Ninety-three year old Fauja Singh of Ilford, Essex, England, shattered his previous world mark of 6:11 [set at Flora London in April] with a new world record for 90+, of 5 hours 40 minutes and 4 seconds. Not to be outdone, Canadian phenomenon, 72-year-old Ed Whitlock of Milton, Ontario, became the first runner on the planet, 70+ to go under 3 hours with an agonizingly close 2:59:10.
Several thousand spectators lined the last kilometre of the course. And the roar was huge as the nonagenarian Singh crossed the line to be mobbed by ecstatic members of the city's South Asian community and the media. "I feel great; I'm really happy" exclaimed Singh after his record finish. "It was very nice and I felt comfortable. I enjoyed the course and all the support. I received a lot of respect from the South Asian community of Toronto, and I'm grateful for that. My ambition was to knock a minute or two off my record, or get under 6 hours--I never expected a time like this." Singh attributes his success to a healthy diet, including his favourite ginger curry, daily meditation for relaxation at his local Sikh Temple, warm baths, and 10 miles a day in training [running or walking].
Indeed, Singh looked decidedly more comfortable at the finish than the Canadian record-breaker Whitlock. With his face cut and scraped from a fall he took in training earlier in the week, Whitlock showed every sign of the enormous physical effort to establish his remarkable record, his face grimacing with pain as he leaned to the left and dragged himself down the final straightaway. The crowd were on their feet as the seconds ticked by, and he made it home with just 50 seconds to spare after failing by only 24 seconds in his previous attempt on the "sub-3, over 70" barrier in May 2001 [3:00:24!]. "I was dead on my feet," said Whitlock. "I couldn't have gone much further. I had a real tough time doing the last 200 metres." Much appreciation was also shown to local club runners Mike Bedley and Gary Kapitan who ran, respectively, alongside Whitlock and Singh.
Up front, Kenyan Joseph Ndiritu continued his domination on the Canadian roads. He comfortably took the men's race in 2:17:50 from up-and-coming young Canadian Jim Finlayson of Victoria [2:20:45], after half-a-dozen guys went through the half in 66:51 on a perfect morning for running, then blew up [13 celcius at the start; no wind].
Much the same happened on the women's side. There, promising young Canadian, Nicole Stevenson went for broke and an Olympic qualifying standard [2:32]. She hit halfway at exactly 1:16, with a 40 second lead on Morgunova. The inexperienced Canadian then paid the price for her courage as she faded hard. She came home in 1:26, as the veteran Russian--a 2-time winner and course-record holder at Honolulu with a 2:26 PR--cruised in for the victory in 2:36:20.
It was a remarkable day for running in Toronto as well as Berlin, and consensus was widespread that the Waterfront event signaled the return of top-quality, marathon excitement to the city.
PHOTOS available at www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com
PACIFIC ROAD RUNNERS SIXTH ANNUAL RUNNING SEMINAR
THE TIMES COLONIST SEEKS YOUR SUPPORT
Re: Times Colonist 10K in Beacon Hill Park
Dear Member of Council:
__________________________(your name or company name) fully supports the petition to keep Times Colonist 10K in Beacon Hill Park.
The Times Colonist 10K is in its 15th year of operation and is a staple event in the Victoria community. It promotes health, fitness and active living for the whole family and over 10,000 participants look forward to this event each spring.
Having the finish area and Fun Festival in Beacon Hill Park is an obvious choice for an event like this. Many small children take part in the festivities and the park offers a safe, secure and protected area. Furthermore, having the festivities on the all weather playing fields is less intrusive to Victoria traffic and keeps the event population contained and less disruptive to those not partaking in the event.
As for signage in the park; tents, banners and displays are erected for the duration of the event and then are taken down by 11:30 am. Sponsors annually put upwards of $450,000 towards supporting this community event and to deny any promotion will ultimately kill the event; no company will be interested in sponsoring an event where they don’t get recognition. And without the sponsors the event cannot operate.
Without the race the Heart and Stroke Foundation will lose over $54,000 per year in pledges that participants raise. Young athletes in amateur athletic development programs, who benefit from monies raised, will also suffer. As will the 10,000 runners and walkers who look forward to this annual event that has become a healthy tradition in Victoria.
With their continued success and good standing in the community, I believe that the Times Colonist 10K deserves to stay in Beacon Hill Park and the signage restrictions should be lifted. This event is about community. It is for the community. And as a member of that community I encourage you to support the organizers in their petition.
2003 HANEY-HARRISON ROAD RELAY
2006 WORLD MASTERS TO VANCOUVER
BCA 10K Road Running Championships
Athletics Canada / Run Canada
ATTENTION ALL UNIVERSITY ATHLETES
BC ATHLETE ASSISTANCE 2003/2004
BC TEAM STAFF APPLICATIONS for 2004
2003 HYTEK BACKUPS NEEDED
2004 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2003 JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AWARDS & BANQUET
5:15 pm Social Hour
Tickets must be ordered by October 15th
DOOR PRIZES NEEDED!!
Direct any questions to Brad Wallbank at (604) 466-1100 or email@example.com.
An updated list of the 2003 Junior Development Award Recipients can be found at www.bcathletics.org/jdaw2003.htm.
2003 OFFICIALS' COMMITTEE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Please forward any additional or specific agenda items to Anne Lansdell, firstname.lastname@example.org or ph/fax: (250) 477 1407.
Note: If you have achieved more than 12 credits during this past year, send in a COPY of your Meet Record Card to Shirley Young at #24 - 7330 122 St., Surrey BC V3W 1B4 or fax: (604) 594-0848 making sure that your name is on the card, and you will receive of the the incentive items to be given out at our AGM. Only those sending in a COPY of their cards will receive incentive items. Last date for submission is October 31, 2003.
NCCP COACHING CERTIFICATION
NCCP LEVEL I - Powell River BC
NCCP LEVEL l - Kelowna BC
HAMMER THROW CLINIC - TORONTO
HAMMER CLINIC - WASHINGTON STATE
UBC AMS MINISCHOOL
This Fall 2003, Minischool is very excited to offer a course to expand the knowledge base and skills of coaches, athletes and teams. This type of course is geared towards high performance athletes, coaches and teams who want to learn more about training techniques and develop their knowledge base and skills. This course is being put on by SPS Training Group which is based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Non-UBC students can register for a $10 charge on top of the registration fee.
Speed, Strength & Conditioning - For Coaches,
Athletes & Teams (1 week)
Have you hit a plateau in your training or coaching techniques? It is time to get serious! Learn new groundbreaking and innovative training regimens. This one-day seminar is interactive and informative. High performance requires core stability, plyometrics, intensity and recovery. Discover new proven methods to reach personal goals. Learn how to improve your training results and achieve peek performances for you, your athletes or your team!
NORTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN TRACK
AND FIELD COACHES ASSOCIATION
Track & Field Equipment Manager
Qualifications and Abilities:
Please submit your application to BC Athletics, Attn: Brian
SPORTHEALTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
The successful candidate will be an energetic, committed individual who has a background in high performance sport and an appropriate academic preparation (ideally, a graduate degree in sports sciences). You will be a detail oriented, resourceful individual with strong interpersonal and communications skills. As Program Coordinator, you will work closely with our sport partners in coordinating sport medicine and sport science support programs and educational opportunities for high performance athletes and coaches based in BC. You will initiate and build liaisons with the network of sport medicine and science professionals situated throughout the province.
SportMedBC is a not-for-profit society, and focal point for sport medicine and science within the provincial sport system. We are committed to identifying, developing and promoting Best Practices in Sport Health, Sport Safety and Sport Training.
This is a contract position that offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience. The position is based in Vancouver. Please submit a resume including three references and salary expectations to the address below. References will only be contacted if the applicant is considered for the interview process.
Closing date Friday, September 26, 2003
At the suggestion of the Board of Directors we are asking event directors to have non members of BC Athletics ADD $3.00 to their event registration fee. This should also make life easier for the event directors when they submit the non member day of event fee. Here is a sample from the Haney to Harrison Road Relay: www.bcathletics.org/H2H/teamregform.htm
MAJOR AND UPCOMING EVENTS SANCTIONED BY BC ATHLETICS
For complete listings of upcoming events (BC sanctioned events highlighted in yellow) with contact information:
Track & Field
Road Relays & Ultra
Cross Country and Trail Running
Race Walking – see Track & Field above
Track & Field
Back issues of the BCAB are available at www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.