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ISSUE #09-2009
Friday, March 13, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Track & Field Equipment needed - Dease Lake School
  • Road Running results
  • Cross Country results
  • Athletics Canada announces selection criteria for 2009 IAAF World Championships and 2009 Summer Universiade
  • 2009 BC Athletics Clubs Renewals due by March 31 2009
  • 2010 AGM Update


From the BC Athletics Office

2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting

Due to a lack of hotel/meeting space available in January and February of 2010 - the 2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting will be held on December 4, 5 & 6 2009 at the Vancouver Airport Hilton.

AGM – Hotel Accommodations – BOOK EARLY!!

Due to preparations leading up to the 2010 Olympics the Hilton Vancouver Airport is experiencing an increase in bookings for the month of December 2009. If you are planning on staying at the hotel during the AGM you are strongly advised to book your room requirements now – don’t wait until later in the year. You can reach the hotel at (604) 273-6336 and ask for the “BC Athletics” rate ($119.00).

2009 Club Renewals

Club renewals for 2009 are due no later than March 31, 2009. Forms are available on the website at: 

Athlete-Coach Canada Games Development Training Camps

Schedule of Canada Games Training and Preparation Camps 

For further information please contact Ron Bunting at

March 14-15/09 BC Athletics Canada Games Vancouver Island      Victoria, BC
               Training Camp                                                   
April 11/09    BC Athletics Canada Games Provincial            Abbotsford, BC
               Training Camp                                                   
June 10-16/09  BC Athletics Canada Games Relay Camp and        Multiple locations
               Competitions (as part of the PacifiCanada Series)            
July 25-26/09  BC Athletics Canada Games Final Prep Camp       Vancouver, BC 
               and Team BC All Sport Pep Rally                            
Aug 8/09       BC Canada Games Team Prep T&F Meet              Saskatoon, SK
Aug 22-29/09   Canada Summer Games – Track & Field             Charlottetown, PEI

New NCCP Competition Development Modules Now Available! 
(Level 3 Theory no longer offered)

Upcoming course dates:

VANCOUVER – March 6-8, April 4-5, May 1-3
KAMLOOPS – April 23-26, May 7-10

More dates and locations to come…

Coaches - the first session starts in 2 weeks and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to attend these new Competition Development modules!

For a complete description of the modules and the course schedule go to the CABC website at 

Track & Field Equipment Wanted!

Dease Lake School is looking for free or reasonably priced used track & Field equipment. Any donations would be greatly appreciated

Contact: Kristen Johnston
Tel: 250-771-4321 or 250-771-5033

2009 Event Calendars

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

Are you interested in Junior Development Programs?

At present the BC Athletics Junior Development Committee requires representatives to serve from Zones 6 and 7/8. There are also three "at large" positions to be filled. Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in this Committee should contact or phone 604-929-3554 for more information.



Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K - Vancouver

Nearly 1300 participants came out for the 3rd annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k on a crisp sunny morning in Stanley Park, happily avoiding a rare West Coast spring snowstorm by about 10 hours. After a rousing warm-up routine that put a smile on everyone's face, a bagpiper led the crowd to the start line at Lumbermen's Arch. The field included many of the top early season competitors who have been going head to head since the Provincial 8k Championships on January 11, and Sunday was no exception.

During the first 3km as the course circled Lost Lagoon, a lead pack of about 6 emerged that included Jon Brown, Steve Osaduik, Richard Mosley and Shane Carlos. The initial pace was somewhat conservative as the leaders carefully negotiated the twisty portion of the course, but once they hit the open seawall the pace picked up and the group was soon whittled down to just those four. Between 4km and 5km Carlos was gradually dropped. At 5km Brown and Mosley made a move and put a little distance between themselves and Osaduik. By 6km, Brown had pulled away from Mosley as well. "I surprisingly started to pull away without really making any conscious effort," said Brown. "Once I realized I was pulling ahead I then took advantage and increased my effort."

Behind him Osaduik, who had never let the gap between himself and Mosley get very large, was able to reel Mosley in before hitting the 7km mark. With just 1 kilometre remaining, they got into a short but intense see-saw battle until Osaduik finally pulled ahead into second place. Though he was able to narrow the gap slightly between himself and Brown, it was too little, too late and Osaduik had to settle for second place, 12 seconds behind Brown. Mosley crossed the line just 5 seconds later. Back in fourth place, Carlos had to work hard to avoid being caught by a fast-closing Jerry Ziak, just managing to hold him off by 2 seconds.

The women's competition for the top spots was even closer, with last-minute entry and frequent racer Cheryl Murphy mixing it up with defending champ Lisa Harvey and 2008 runner-up Kristina Rody. The lead changed hands between these three several times in the first 3km, but half a kilometre later it was down to a two-woman race with Harvey leading Murphy around the seawall. At one point Murphy took over the lead but it was short-lived as Harvey seemed intent on a three-peat, putting in a fantastic effort to move ahead once more and hold her advantage right to the wire. She was hard pressed by Murphy, who at age 39 has been racing better than ever with multiple wins and PB's in distances up to the marathon. Rody ended up only 17 seconds behind for a very strong third place finish. Nearly a minute behind, Suzanne Evans was very disappointed with her performance, finishing well off her usual pace. Another 13 seconds back, Rachel Ruus held off Meagan McCollum by less than 2 seconds for the fifth and final cash prize position.

The masters race saw some new champions on both the men's and women's sides. Norm Tinkham, who has dominated the masters scene for several years now, had to concede to just-turned-40 Mark Bomba, who didn't find it easy to beat Tinkham despite the age advantage. His strategy was simple: "I just tried to stay ahead of Norm." A distant third was claimed by Keefer Whan of Mount Vernon, Washington.

In the women's 40+ competition Nancy Tinari was being hotly pursued around the seawall by Rita Ivanauskas, yet appeared to be on her way to another masters win when her knee collapsed with 1km to go. "I could hardly put any weight on it or take more than very short steps," said Tinari. "I could feel tendons sliding around weirdly inside my knee." Ivanauskas moved ahead quickly at this point, finishing with an excellent sub-30 clocking. Tinari still managed to cross the line in the next women's position, losing only 13 seconds in the last kilometre despite the knee problems. Joan MacGrath was just 20 seconds back in the third masters spot after a hard-won battle with open competitor Katherine Moore pushed the pace.

In the team competition the clear winner was Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club (VFAC) led by Jay MacDonald, with an average finishing time of 28:24 and the top 5 all finishing under 30 minutes.

A record $140,000+ was raised for prostate cancer research at the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).

Bazan Bay 5K - Sidney

"A bunch of old guys, giving it all for nothing more than pride and the pleasure of tactical running" was how Scott Simpson described his never say die victory over Olympian Simon Whitfield at the Bazan Bay 5K. Simpson trailed Whitfield for most of the race, but in a furious sprint over the final 100 metres he passed Whitfield in his last two strides. Both runners were credited with the same time of 14:37. His third consecutive 2009 Frontrunners Island Race Series victory was Simpson's best performance, earning him 890 points, and also moved him up the Timex BC Road Running rankings. Kyle Jones was 50 meters back in third place in 14:49.

Another international triathlete, Lauren Groves, was a clear winner of the women's race. Going out hard, and covering the first kilometer in around 3:15, Groves was never pressed, coming home in 17:02, just a second slower than her last appearance 4 years previous. Kerry Spearing was some distance back, finishing in 17:39 for second, with a similar spacing to Sarah Bouchard in third in 18:04.

Just behind Bouchard was leading masters runner Nancy Baxendale in 18:08. On the men's side Hicham Elamiri was first master in 16:37.

Lakeside Resort 5K - Penticton

A nasty cut-right-through-you wind welcomed 226 runners to the # 2 Road Race of the Interior Running Association Road Race Series, the Penticton Lakeside Resort 5K, which was also the # 5 Road Race of the Timex BC Road Running Series. The weather felt prairie-like, with - 2 Celsius and a north wind of 25 km/h, which made many runners look for and stand sheltered out of the wind before race start.

First man across the finish line was Penticton's Jeff Symonds in a time of 16:08, winning again after having won the Lavington 10K just 3 weeks ago. Conner Clerke of Kelowna (M16-19) ran second in 16:54, ahead of Tom Evans (M40-44) of Penticton who crossed in 17:06.

First woman was new Penticton resident Adrienne Stedford in a time of 20:12. Only ten seconds separated the first three, with Stacey Cleveland (F30-34) also of Penticton second in 20:17, with Shannon Thompson (F20-29) of Kelowna taking third in 20:22.

In the men's age-graded division, newcomer to Series racing, Bruce Wark (M55-59) of Merritt, claimed top spot in a time of 15:35. Bruce ran second to Jack Miller in this division in The Starting Block 10K. Rory Switzer of Kelowna, last year's runner up, in the very close battle for the Willis Greenaway Cup, was a close second in this one too, with a time of 15:46. Sixteen year old Connor Clerke had his clock time reduced by a full minute finishing third with an age-graded time of 15:55.

The women's age-graded division saw, Kelowna's Laurelee Welder, last year's runner up for the Heidi Muckle-Gader Cup, take top spot in 17:58. Fifteen year old, Sarah Bailey of Vernon, who finished fourth overall in the women's division, was second with a time of 19:36. Kelowna's, Diana Leonard (F60-64), who finished third overall in the 2008 a-g series, took third again with a time of 19:42. A mention too, of the fourth place finisher, Elisabeth Morf (F65-69) of Penticton, also a new comer to Series racing who scored an a-g time of 19:50.

2009 Lower Mainland Road Race Series

BC Athletics is pleased to announce the launch of the Lower Mainland Road Race Series. For 20 years, the Timex BC Road Running Series has existed as a de facto Lower Mainland Series. In 2009 an explicit Lower Mainland Road Race Series has been created, to complement an enhanced Timex BC Road Running Series and other regional series.

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series features ten of the best events in the Vancouver area, providing runners of all ages and abilities with the chance to compete against their peers. The series kicks-off at the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Stanley Park on March 14, and concludes with the Richmond Oval 8K on August 16. The ten events feature races over 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon.

To qualify for series awards, participants must compete in a minimum of six events. Points will be awarded based on placings within 5-year age groups for men and women, from under 20 to over 70. A participant’s six best placings will determine their total points.

The ten series events are:

  1. March 14: St. Patrick's Day 5k, Vancouver
  2. March 28: Dave Reed Spring Classic 5k, Vancouver
  3. April 5: Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run Half-Marathon, Gibsons
  4. May 10: Mother's Day 5k Spring Classic, Port Moody
  5. May 31: Running Room Shaughnessy 8k, Vancouver
  6. June 7: Sandcastle City Classic 10k, White Rock
  7. June 12: North Shore Credit Union Longest Day 5k, Vancouver
  8. July 18: Summerfast 10k, Vancouver
  9. August 2: Squamish Days 10k, Squamish
  10. August 16: Richmond Oval 8k, Richmond

For complete information about the Lower Mainland Road Race Series, as well as the individual events, visit the series website at Series news and rankings will be posted there after each event.

The Timex BC Road Running Series will continue to provide an opportunity to athletes from throughout the province to rank themselves against their peers, and serves as a selection to the Timex National Road Running Series Finale in Ottawa. For more information on the Timex BC Road Running Series, visit its website at

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series will be one of four regional road race series sanctioned by BC Athletics in 2009. The others being the Frontrunners Island Race Series (, the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series (, and the Prince George Grand Prix (

For more information on any of the above road race series, contact Maurice Wilson at or 604-333-3553.

BC Athletics 2009 Half Marathon Road Running Championship

The BC Athletics 2009 Half Marathon Road Running Championship will be held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual April Fool's Run Half Marathon from Gibsons to Sechelt, hosted by Sunshine Coast Athletics on Sunday, April 5.

Race Information

Certification pending 13.1 miles (21.1 km) point to point course, mix of large-scale undulations, hills and flats; mostly paved surface with a couple of short gravel paths. Event records are 1:06:23 (Ryan Day) and 1:18:30 (Suzanne Evans). Race starts at 9:00am. Complete race details on the event website:

Entry Information

Enter online at: or mail in the entry form:

Online Entry fee is only $25.00 for BC Athletics athlete members. Add $5.00 after March 15. Offline entry add $2. Age 19&U or 60+ deduct $2.

Championship Eligibility

The Championship portion of the event is open to all Junior, Senior and Masters members of BC Athletics. 2009 BCA memberships must be received by April 2, 2009 in order to be eligible.

Championship Awards

Championship Medals will be presented to:

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

High Performance Athletes

Travel Assistance

Through the Sporting Life on the Coast program, BC Ferries and Sport BC will assist with ferry travel costs for athletes participating in the BC Championships. For further details, see the Sport BC website:  Applications for travel assistance must be received at least two weeks before the Championship.

BC Athletics 2009 Marathon Championship

The BC Athletics 2009 Marathon Championship will be hosted by the Royal Victoria Marathon Society in conjunction with the 30th Annual Royal Victoria Marathon on Sunday, October 11.

Race Information

An AIMS/IAAF certified marathon, featuring a beautiful, seaside course with lots of mild undulations, but with a maximum elevation change of only 74 feet. Event records are 2:16:49 (Steve Osaduik) and 2:42:32 (Val Chowaniec). Race starts at 8:30am. Complete race details on the event website:

Entry Information

Enter online at: or mail in the entry form:

Entry fee is $77.00 for BC Athletics athlete members until May 15, rising after that date.

Championship Eligibility

The Championship portion of the event is open to all Junior, Senior and Masters members of BC Athletics. 2009 BCA memberships must be received by October 8, 2009 in order to be eligible.

Championship Awards

Championship Medals will be presented to:

Championship Ribbons will be presented to:

High Performance Athletes

JOIN THE 2009 Nathan Running Team and redefine your notion of Humanly Possible

From January 1st to March 31st 2009, NATHAN will look for 10 Canadian individual amateur athletes across Canada, men and women, in sports such as road running, trail running, duathlon or triathlon to join the 2009 NATHAN CANADA TEAM.

People who have a personal goal (it can be running a first 10K, beating a half-marathon PB, running a marathon under 4 hours or qualifying for Boston, moving from road to trail running, trying a tri, completing an Olympic distance duathlon or doing an Ironman…), a character, a dedication, a conviction, a story, a message to share and a unique approach to the sport or to the objective they want to reach; inspired people who can inspire others are invited to apply. Even if having won a race or having personal records are great accomplishments it won’t be of first importance in the selection process.

Visit the website at for more details.

2009 Timex BC Road Running Series, and Regional Series

The 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series has a new format, with more events in the Interior and on the Island, and only 5 races required to qualify for series prizing. Points will be based on finish time, race distance and gender - not age placing. The emphasis will be on selecting the top BC road racers for the National finals in Ottawa. Full details on the 2009 Timex BC Road Running Series can be found here: 

The Timex BC Series will be complemented in 2009 by four regional road running series:

Track & Field

Martinson & Co. set sights on CIS Four-peat: 

Smith leads Clan into Finals:

Crofts shines in 800m Final: 



Dirty Duo 50K - North Vancouver

1. Gary Robbins, 3:39:36

1. Ellie Greenwood, 4:24:37

Dirty Duo 25K - North Vancouver

1. Michael Moody, 2:13:13

1. Tamsin Anstey, 2:20:00

Dirty Duo 15K - North Vancouver

1. Mark Wicksten, 1:22:16

1. Robin Roots, 1:27:23

Run Jump Throw

February Newsletter

The February edition of the RJT Newsletter is now available, hot off the press. To check it out, click the following link: 

Athletics Canada

Selection Criteria for the 2009 Summer Universiade has been posted on Athletics Canada's website:

Selection Criteria for the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics has been posted on Athletics Canada's website:

Athletics Canada Awards - New Nomination Process 

OTTAWA - The nomination form for the 2009 Athletics Canada Awards is now available online. The form will now be posted year-round so athletic performances and achievements can be submitted as they happen.

The new procedure will encourage nominations throughout the year ensuring a fair representation of all seasons. The eligible period for the 2009 Athletics Canada Awards will be for performances achieved from November 1, 2008 to October 31, 2009.

Award finalists and winners are chosen by Athletics Canada’s Rules and Awards Committee comprised of seven members including two media representatives. To ensure an athlete is put forth in the running of these awards please submit their nomination to Emily Hooper; Coordinator, Public Relations and Corporate Services (see contact below).

For more information please visit:

Selection Criteria for the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and Pan Am Junior Championships Posted on AC Website

Dear Athletes, Coaches and Branches,

Selection Criteria for the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships have been posted on Athletics Canada’s website.

Selection Criteria for the 2009 Americas Cup

Selection Criteria for the 2009 Americas Cup (Pan Am Race Walking Cup) has been posted on Athletics Canada’s website.

2009 March Development Training Camp

Date: March 14-21, 2009

Location: Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix Arizona

Target Athletes: Top 5 – Under 23, Junior and Youth athletes in all events (from20 08 rankings)


Staff: Hugh Conlin – Coordinator, sprint and hurdles
Mike Murray – Sprints, hurdles and relays
Christine Laverty – Endurance events
Bruce Pirnie – Throws
Others to be named

For more information and to register please visit:

Awards & Grants

PNE Miracle Mile Athlete Bursaries

Every month in 2009, a $500 PNE Miracle Mile Athlete Bursary will be awarded to a B.C. amateur athlete who demonstrates dedication to a sport and commitment to the community.


In order to be eligible to apply for a bursary you must:

You are ineligible to apply for a bursary if you:

How to Apply:

If you meet the eligibility requirements you are encouraged to apply for a bursary; it does not cost anything to apply for a bursary. Each month’s winner will receive $500. If you choose to apply for the bursary you will need to submit:

Deadline for Applications:

Please note that one bursary will be awarded each month; it is up to you to decide what month’s bursary you apply to receive. You will need to submit all requested information by the 15th of the month before the month you choose. For example, the deadline for the January 2009 bursary was December 15th, 2008. It is in your best interest to apply in the earliest month you can since the applications of athletes who are NOT awarded a bursary will be kept on file and reconsidered for each bursary awarded during the remaining months of the 2009 calendar year.

For more information:

If you have any questions about this bursary please email or call 604-251-7708 on a weekday between 9:00am-4:00pm.

Community Sport Hero Awards – Sport BC

The Community Sport Hero® Awards presented by EnCana recognizes local sport volunteers for their long-standing dedication and leadership.

A total of 12 communities across BC will host the awards in 2009. If you would like to recognize a deserving sport volunteer in any one of the following 12 communities, please fill out a nomination form.

Dawson Creek---Fort Nelson---Fort St. John---Hope---Maple Ridge---Pitt Meadows---Nanaimo---Port Alberni---Quesnel---Terrace---Vernon---White Rock---South Surrey---Williams Lake

The most recent Community Sport Hero® Awards were held in Dawson Creek on February 10, 2009.

For more information on the Community Sport Hero Awards, please access the following link: 

Coaching Mentor / Apprenticeship Program (for Female Apprentices) at the 2010 BC Winter and Summer Games

This program will target female coaches in the province of BC who are interested in further developing their coaching skills leading up to the 2010 BC Winter or BC Summer Games. The program will match a female apprentice coach with a mentor coach (NCCP Level 2, male or female) and the two of them will work towards the apprentice’s participation at the 2010 BC Games. This program is a partnership between the BC Games Society, the Coaches Association of BC, and ProMOTION Plus.

Application Deadlines:
There will be three intakes:

Details and application forms can be downloaded at: 

Reminders, Resources, Newsletters and FYI

National Officials Committee Newsletter - March 2009: 


See the following link for a complete outline of the University options in Canada where there are Athletics/Track & Field and Cross Country Programs and Provincial Athletics Association Programs that offer support for training and competition -  


Many athletes are presented with important ?life altering decisions at an early age following completion of their high school years. It is important to have the detailed facts in order to make the correct choice. What are the factors to consider? They are academic goals, athletic goals, financial concerns and location. Good decision making depends on thorough research of the options available. Should an athlete pursue a foreign scholarship or pursue an education and athletic career here in Canada. It is becoming increasingly evident that for many the Canadian option is the best!

When considering the Canadian option, an athlete in Athletics should look at the following:

Job Opportunities

University of the Fraser Valley - Sports Information/Marketing Coordinator 

Richmond Olympic Oval - Summer Camp Program Coordinator 

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