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ISSUE #38-2008
Friday, October 17, 2008

Questions or comments? Ph: (604) 333-3556 Email:

Due to short staffing in the BC Athletics office we will be featuring a streamlined version of the BCAB (BC Athletics Electronic Bulletin) each week. Please refer to prior issues in order to keep up to date on all on-going items. Past issues can be found at 

In this issue:

  • Officials Committee AGM - October 19th - CHANGE OF VENUE!
  • 2008 Junior Development Banquet - Sunday, October 26th
  • 2008 Junior Development Committee - Saturday, October 25th
  • 2008 Masters Committee AGM - October 22nd
  • 2009 Draft Calendars
  • Fixtures Congress - November 2nd
  • 2008/2009 BC Athlete Assistance Program - due November 1st
  • Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic
  • Training Strategies for Full and Half Marathon Running
  • Athletics Canada Development Training Camp and Coaching Education Weekend - Dec 5, 6, 7

From the BC Athletics Office

Officials Committee AGM - CHANGE OF VENUE!

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Time: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Location: Encore Catering
27279 Fraser Highway, Aldergove


It is the first building East of Marlin Travel. Save-on-Video is directly across the street.
A sign on the sidewalk will say 'BC Athletics.
Parking is available at the former parking lot of Extra Foods (just East of Encore Catering)

The doors will be open at 9:30am
Coffee, muffins and Danish pastries will be served from 9:30 until 10:00.
A buffet lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.

We are deeply indebted to the intrepid Gerry Swan for making these last minute arrangements and to Ray Baroni, owner of Encore Catering, for being so accommodating.

Forms will be available at the Meeting for your nominations for the following awards:

Ian McNeil Award (Official of the Year)
Ralph Coates Award (Longstanding Service)
Mary Temple Award (Novice Official)
Dave Coupland Inspirational Award
N.O.C. Wall of Honour

Forms are also available on the Officials' Section of the BC Athletics' website. 

2008 Junior Development Banquet

October 26, 2008
Croation Cultural Centre - Vancouver
Social Hour - 11:15am
Welcome - Dawn Copping, Chair, JD Committee
Lunch - 12:00pm
Greetings - Larry Harper, Chair, BC Athletics Board of Directors
Awards Announcer - Brian McCalder, President/CEO, BC Athletics
Awards Presenters - Christabel Nettey & Garrett Collier

Deadline for Tickets - Monday, October 20, 2008.
Ticket Order Form and information can be found at: 

2008 Junior Development Committee AGM

October 25, 2008 - 6:30pm
Brighouse Pavilion - Room A, Richmond BC
Expanded information including voting procedures and delegate registration can be found at: 

2009 Draft Calendars

Drafts for 2009 Events will be posted on the website and will be updated as information is submitted. 

Fixtures Congress

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008
Location: Sport BC Sport Campus, 3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond
Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm

DRAFT Agenda:

More details on the Congress to be provided. 

Please pre-register for the Track and Field Fixtures Congress using the sign-up form at 
or by email to: 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you at the Track and Field Fixtures Congress!

2008/2009 BC Athlete Assistance Program

Submission deadline - November 1, 2008
Full information and forms can be found at:  

Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic

BC Athletics presents the Winter 2008/2009 Road Running Performance Clinic: "Interval Training"

Long Program 2: 24 weeks, Oct. 22, 2008 to April 15, 2009
No session Oct. 8, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31

Short Program: 15 weeks, Jan. 7, 2009 through to April 15, 2009
Drop-in: on any of the above dates

Wednesday evenings at 6pm, Brockton Oval, Stanley Park

This clinic is for all runners who wish to improve their running fitness level and performance. Should already be comfortable running 20-25 miles per week (regardless of pace). Includes a formal interval training session every Wednesday night, plus coaching and personal consultation from John Hill (certified Level 2 coach). Presented by the Road Running Division of BC Athletics.

The cost is:
Long Program 2: $160 + GST - registration deadline Oct 21
Short Program: $125 + GST - registration deadline Jan 6
Late registration: add $10
minus $10 for BCA Athletics members. Drop-in $15.

Registration form:

2008 Masters Committee AGM

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 6:00pm
Location: Gerry Dragomir's office at #204 - 2929 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

2009 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
January 30, 31 & February 1 2009

Information and documentation will be updated on the BC Athletics website on a regular basis leading up to the AGM 

New Documentation available:



The 2008 H2H is calling all BC Athletics Clubs

Does your club have a team or teams ready to take on the H2H 100km Road Relay challenge this November? The H2H is a great way to get your members together and compete for your club in this fantastic relay event.

We're also looking for some dedicated volunteers to man exchange points along the race route. We're looking to make the 2008 event even better with help from clubs like:

H2H has been a successful running event with amazing run exchanges over the past 26 years! We are hoping that your team/club is interested in assisting some of our current teams with one of our 8 exchanges!

Your team can be an integral part of this fun and exciting event for 2008.
Register online at  or contact to register your team to assist with an exchange!

Training Strategies for Full and Half Marathon Running

A Panel Discussion featuring Peter Butler, Carey Nelson, Art Boileau, Lynn Kanuka, Anjulie Latta, and Dana Lis 

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday, October 20, 2008 
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver 
Further details: 


Royal Victoria Marathon

The 29th Annual Royal Victoria Marathon held under unseasonably warm, sunny skies saw Steve Osaduik win his third successive men's marathon title and witnessed a new World Best in the women's 80+ category. In the largest Royal Victoria Marathon event ever held - 10,395 registered for the Marathon, the Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run - the marathon also saw three age-class course records set.

Langley-based Osaduik won the men's marathon in 2:25:31 after a one-two battle with Jason Terauchi-Loutitt for most of the race. Osaduik, however, pulled away with Terauchi-Loutitt fading to third place in a time of 2:31:13. Victoria's Todd Howard came a strong second in 2:28:43. In the women's race Cheryl Murphy, who was aiming to break the 20-year-old course record of 2:42:32, narrowly missed her goal, but did set the 35-39 age-class record finishing in 2:43:01. It was also the third fastest women's time in the event's 29 year history. Wendy Terris from Milwaukie, Oregon was second in 2:48:04, and Vancouver's Katherine Moore third in 2:54:12. Fourth-placed Joan McGrath from New Westminster set a women's 45-49 age-class record in 2:56:33. Cindy Rhodes from Kelowna, BC set a women's 50-54 age-class record in 3:09:27.

Betty-Jean McHugh from North Vancouver made history setting a World Best in the women's 80+ category. Her time of 4:36:52 was 13 minutes faster than the previous best. This remarkable achievement follows her setting the W75-79 record in Victoria in 2003 in 4:08:54. McHugh felt confident and strong on the course. "I was aiming for 4:30 but very happy with my result - it's better than staying home and cooking turkey," she said.

In the Half Marathon, favourite Ryan Day from Vancouver won in 1:08:50. Victoria's Jim Finlayson - who ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon two weeks ago in a time of 2:22:15 - came second in 1:09:11, and Jason Warick from Saskatoon came third in 1:09:22. In the women's field Calgary's Lindsay McLaren won in 1:21:38, Laura De Munain from Vancouver was second in 1:24:03, and Natalie Ball, also from Vancouver came third in 1:24:20.

In the 8K Road Race it was a sweep for Victoria runners taking eight out of the top ten places. Ryan McKenzie won in 23:56, Scott Simpson was second in 24:22 and third was Olympic triathlon silver medalist Simon Whitfield in 24:30. In the women's field Richmond, BC's Rachael Ruus won in 28:39, Nancy Tinari from Coquitlam, BC was second in 28:44, and Vancouver's Rachel McBride was third in 28:56.

The event saw the highest number of finishers in the Half Marathon and the 8K Road Race - 4,267 and 1,894 respectively. The Marathon saw 2,035 finishers and with the Thrifty Foods Kids Run the total number of finishers was 9,176.

The Royal Victoria Marathon looks forward to setting new records next year as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary on October 11th 2009.

For full results from the 29th Royal Victoria Marathon go to: 


Cross Country Championships Reminder

The BC Cross Country Championships will be held in Stanley Park in Vancouver on Oct 25. Details here: 

The BC Championships also serve as the qualifying event to select the BC Team to attend the Canadian National Cross Country Championships in Guelph, ON on Nov 29. Selection criteria can be found here: 

Athletics Canada

Commonwealth Youth Games 

Notice - Extension of Athletics Canada's Award Nominations

Athletics Canada has extended the nomination deadline for the Myrtle Cook Trophy and Eric E. Coy Trophy to Monday October 20 to include the great performances from the Commonwealth Youth Games. To nominate an athlete for the above awards please complete the nomination form available at:

Myrtle Cook Trophy  - Youth Athlete of the Year
Eric E. Coy Trophy  - Junior Athlete of the Year

Nominations are welcomed by anyone in the Athletics community; please note that nominees need to be current members of Athletics Canada. The successful candidates will be chosen from the list of nominees by the Rules and Awards Committee.

Please e-mail or forward all nominations to the attention of:

Emily Hooper
Coordinator, Public Relations and Corporate Services
Suite B1-110 2445 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON. K1G 6C3
Phone: (613) 260-5580 x 3332
Fax: (613) 260-0341

Athletics Canada Development Training Camp - December 5-7, 2008 

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