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ISSUE #29-2003
Thursday, October 2, 2003

Cross Country
Road Running
Track and Field
Courses
Athletics Canada News
Volunteers Needed
Employment Opps
Event Listings
BC Rankings


CROSS COUNTRY

B.C. CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, October 25, Como Lake Middle School (Pinetree Park) Coquitlam
Contact: Andrew Lenton 604-463-4796
www.bcathletics.org/main/xcchamps.htm 
BC Athletics is pleased to announce that together with the Vancouver International Marathon Society, prize money will be provided to Men's and Women's Open and Masters Age groups in the upcoming Provincial Cross Country Championships. In a partnership with the Vancouver International Marathon Society, BC Athletics is reinvesting a portion of the Day of Event Membership Fees from the 2003 Adidas Vancouver International Marathon into prizing for Long Distance Running and in this case the Cross Country Championships.
Open Women & Men:
First Place - $500
Second Place - $300
Third Place - $250
Fourth Place - $200
Fifth Place - $175
Sixth Place - $125
Masters Women & Men (40+)
First Place - $100
Second Place - $50
Third Place - $25

UNIVERSITY OF WSHINGTON SUNDODGER - SEATTLE
http://gohuskies.ocsn.com/sports/c-xc/wash-c-xc-body.html 

UVIC 3RD AT STANFORD CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL
http://gostanford.ocsn.com/sports/c-xc/stats/092703aaa.html 

CALLING ALL MASTERS!
Calling all Masters. Canada VS USA Masters Cross Country Challenge, Sunday, November 9, 2003. Lower Woodland Park, Seattle. Women 35+, men 40+.
www.pntf.org/2003_0916_PNTFMastersNews_MeetResults.pdf 


ROAD RUNNING

CANADIAN ROAD 10K CHAMPIONSHIPS - FREDERICTON
www.canadiansport.net/cnrrc/ 

BABCOCK CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Saturday, September 27
Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania Avenue Mile:
1. Courtney Babcock, CAN, 4:32.08; 2. Carmen Douma, CAN, 4:35.54; 3. Vicki Lynch-Pounds, CAN, 4:36.68.

NEW WORLD RECORD - MEN'S MARATHON
http://berlin.championchip.de/ 

WHO'S #1?
The USA Track & Field Road Running Information Center has updated the largest road race lists for 2002. To find out who is #1 world-wide, in the U.S., by distance and where your favorite race ranks, go to: www.runningusa.org/cgi/index_largest_races.pl 


TWO WORLD RECORDS SET ON TORONTO WATERFRONT
(TORONTO. 29 September 2003). What a day of excitement in Toronto! The sun shone, the bands played along the course, 6,000 runners from 18 countries came to run, more than $125,000 was raised for 32 charities, Lyubov Morgunova of Russia set a new women's record of 2:36:20 on the flat scenic Lakeshore route - and not one, but TWO new world records were set at yesterday's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon..

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
Pacific Road Runners will be presenting its sixth annual running seminar on Monday, November 17 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. The seminar this year is titled “Align your thinking and get to the core” and will discuss injury assessment, prevention and core strengthening for runners. Dr. Wolf Schamberger and Wendy Epp will be our guest speakers. Complete details available at www.pacificroadrunners.ca.


THE TIMES COLONIST SEEKS YOUR SUPPORT
The Times Colonist 10K has been in communication with the "Friends of Beacon Hill Park" and the City of Victoria to keep the event in Beacon Hill Park. Due to the extreme restrictions in the park, the event is in serious jeopardy for 2004. The Organizing Committee is petitioning council on October 9th to fight the restrictions. The following memo has been sent to a number of Victoria organizations seeking their support. If you are able to forward this to anyone who may help, it would be much appreciated. The following text is a suggestion for letters of support. Please contact Sherry Donovan at sdonovan@pacificsport.ca for further information

Re: Times Colonist 10K in Beacon Hill Park

Dear Member of Council:
(If you would like to write directly to a specific council member, please insert his/her name)

__________________________(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.

Sincerely,

Your Name
Your Company


2003 HANEY-HARRISON ROAD RELAY
Registration at www.bcathletics.org/H2H/ 

2006 WORLD MASTERS TO VANCOUVER
www.wma2006.org

BCA 10K Road Running Championships
Richmond Flatland event October 19. www.kajaks.org/flatland/ 

Athletics Canada / Run Canada
www.coursemeasurement.ca


TRACK AND FIELD

ATTENTION ALL UNIVERSITY ATHLETES
All athletes attending university/college away from home should make sure that BC Athletics has contact information for you when you are away during the school year. This information is vital in keeping you up to date with information sent out throughout the year. In addition, programs such as the BC Athlete Assistance Program and the Bronze Card Program can not be finalized without this information.
BC Athletics needs your mailing address, phone number, email address and the name and contact information for your university coach. Please forward the requested information to Sam Collier - sam.collier@bcathletics.org 

BC ATHLETE ASSISTANCE 2003/2004
Deadline: Friday October 31, 2003
Application Form: www.bcathletics.org/main/awards.htm#schol 
For further information please contact Eugene Konart at eugenekonart@bcathletics.org

BC TEAM STAFF APPLICATIONS for 2004
All Coaches wishign to be selected to staffing positions on BC Team should get their requests in before November 1, 2003
www.bcathletics.org/main/sportspecific.htm 

2003 HYTEK BACKUPS NEEDED
All 2003 Track & Field meets that used the HyTek results program are asked to send a backup of their meet (not just the results themselves) to Shirley Young as quickly as possible at sftfc@direct.ca

2004 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Just a reminder that you need to get your 2004 event dates in to BC Athletics as quickly as possible in order for your event to be listed in the 2004 Calendar of Events.
The form is available on the website at www.bcathletics.org/main/calsubmit.htm 
For further information please contact:
Eugene Konart - Track & Field, Race Walk - eugenekonart@bcathletics.org 
Jerry Tighe - Road Running, Cross Country Running, Ultra Running, Road Relays etc. -  jerrytighe@bcathletics.org


2003 JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AWARDS & BANQUET
Saturday October 25, 2003
Peace Portal Alliance Church
15128 28th Ave. (King George Highway and 152nd) Surrey BC

5:15 pm Social Hour
6:00 pm Dinner followed by Awards Presentations

Guest Speakers:
Carmen Ballard - Kelowna Track & Field Club
Joel Primus - Valley Royals

Tickets must be ordered by October 15th
No refunds on booked tickets
16 & Older - $21.50
15 & Younger - $19.50
Tickets may be paid for at the door.
To order tickets please contact Jacquie Barrington at (604) 944-1601.

DOOR PRIZES NEEDED!!
Each club with JD members is asked to send a prize (or two) to the banquet. All athletes will be given a ticket and have the opportunity to be a winner! This is not a fund raiser, just a fun event to make the evening more memorable for our young athletes.
When selecting items for this event, please remember that the winners will all be athletes, ages 9-15, and choose your donation accordingly.
Donations can be sent to the banquet, to members of the JD Committee, or to the BCA office.

Direct any questions to Brad Wallbank at (604) 466-1100 or bradwallbank@shaw.ca

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
November 30, 2003
Club House - Abbotsford Rotary Stadium 10:00 am

Tentative Agenda:
10:00 Reports
11:00 Information - Q&A
1200 Lunch
12:45 Guest Speaker - TBA
13:30 Resolutions (new business)
14:30 Elections: the term of office for the following people ends November 30, 2003:
Carol Cull, John Cull, Valerie Jerome, Anne Lansdell, Sanda Turner, Alwilda van Ryswyk.
Nominations may be made from the floor.

Please forward any additional or specific agenda items to Anne Lansdell, alansdell@shaw.ca 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.


COURSES

NCCP COACHING CERTIFICATION
For additional information on any of the courses listed below contact Eugene Konart at eugenekonart@bcathletics.org or go to the website at www.bcathletics.org/main/education.htm#coached

NCCP LEVEL I - Powell River BC
October 18-19, 2003
Course Conductor - Ron Parker.

NCCP LEVEL l - Kelowna BC
November 8-9
Course conductor - Amber Gilbert

ADDITIONAL CLINICS/WORKSHOPS

HAMMER THROW CLINIC - TORONTO
Metro Toronto Track and Field Center, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario
When: Oct 18th 9:30-4
Course Fee: $40 Canadian (includes lunch and entry to the facility)
Instructors: Boris Zaitchouk and Joe Burke
Call Joe Burke Phone: 416-225-8418
email: throwfar81@hotmail.com 

HAMMER CLINIC - WASHINGTON STATE
For both paid and unpaid Coaches only
October 25 and 26.
Send registration information by October 22nd to:
Hammer Clinic
5040 Oyster Bay Road
Olympia Washington 98502
by October 22, 2003.
Fee: $25.00 (USF) goes up to $45 after October 22nd. Make payment to USATF Youth Hammer Development Fund.
Call Dwight Midles at 360-866-9144 if you have any questions.
More information, including a tentative time schedule, is available at www.hshammer.com


UBC AMS MINISCHOOL
These non-credit courses are offered to students and are also available to the general public.

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)
Saturday - November 8, 2003
(9:00-15:30)
SUB Ballroom
Cost $40
Byron Jack - SPS Training Group

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!


ATHLETICS CANADA NEWS

NORTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN TRACK AND FIELD COACHES ASSOCIATION
2003 NACACTFCA Congress, Merida, Mexico, October 9-12, 2003
E-mail: reshyatt@prodigy.net.mx - ask for NACACTFCA rates


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Track & Field Equipment Manager
BC Athletics is looking for a volunteer to manage the Track & Field Equipment owned by BC Athletics and stored at Swangard Stadium, Burnaby.
Under the supervision of BC Athletics staff and in cooperation with the BC Athletics Officials Committee and the City of Burnaby Swangard Stadium Staff:
Be responsible for:

  • Overseeing and managing the distribution, lending and return of the Track & Field Equipment, as approved by BC Athletics;
  • Reporting of damaged equipment for the purpose of recovering the costs for repair and replacement from the user group;
  • Maintaining a record of equipment users;
  • Maintaining an inventory of the equipment;
  • Identifying the needed repairs to and replacement of equipment;
  • Undertaking repairs;
  • Arranging for approved repairs and equipment replacement; and
  • Making recommendations as relates to the storage, maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment.

Qualifications and Abilities:

  • An interest in and enthusiasm for Track & Field;
  • Experience in equipment management or similar activities;
  • Ability to do minor repairs;
  • Experience in working with people both volunteer and professional;
  • Creative and energetic; and
  • Physically capable, with assistance, of moving equipment e.g. hurdles, high jump and pole vault standards, high jump and pole vault landing mats.

Please submit your application to BC Athletics, Attn: Brian McCalder by:
Email: brian.mccalder@bcathletics.org Fax: 604-737-3173 Ph: 604-737-3173


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SPORTHEALTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
SportMedBC is seeking a PROGRAM COORDINATOR to oversee SportMedBC’s high performance programs and services.

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
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SportMedBC
#3 – 6501 Sprott Street,
Burnaby, BC, V5B 3B8
FAX: (604) 473-4860
E-MAIL: info@sportmedbc.com 


ATHLETICS COMMUNITY

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 


EVENT LISTINGS

MAJOR AND UPCOMING EVENTS SANCTIONED BY BC ATHLETICS
Details, direct links and contacts
www.bcathletics.org/main/index.htm 

For complete listings of upcoming events (BC sanctioned events highlighted in yellow) with contact information:

Track & Field
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_tf.htm 

Road Running
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_rr.htm 

Marathons
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_mar.htm 

Road Relays & Ultra
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_rr2.htm 

Cross Country and Trail Running
www.bcathletics.org/eventcal_xc.htm 

Race Walking – see Track & Field above


BC RANKINGS

Road Running:
www.bcathletics.org/main/road_running.htm#rankings 

Track & Field
www.bcathletics.org/main/track_field.htm#rankings 


Back issues of the BCAB are available at www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.