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ISSUE #45-2009
Friday, November 27, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • Geoff Hollister - Out of Nowhere: How Nike Marketed the Culture of Running – Nov 28 10am to 2pm
  • AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships Saturday
  • BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet RSVPs and Reservations due NO LATER THAN DEC 2 at NOON
  • AGM Registrations Due NO LATER THAN DEC 2 at NOON
  • Simon Whitfield to race in 2009 Cross Country Championships this Saturday
  • 2010 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet; Annual General Meeting Reports


From the BC Athletics Office

2010 BC Athletics AGM

2010 AGM Registration

All AGM Registrations must be received in the BC Athletics office no later than Dec 2 at noon


All nominated athletes and award winners, we want your pictures! Please send an action shot to so that it can be included in the Awards Banquet festivities. Please submit ASAP.

2010 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet

Reservation forms for the Annual Awards Banquet are now available on the BC Athletics website - 
Please note the deadline to purchase banquet tickets has been extended to DEC 2 at NOON. All reservations and RSVPs must be made by DEC 2 at NOON. No tickets for the banquet will be available after this time. Contact Taunya Geelhoed at or 604.333.3554 for reservations.

2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting Reports

Reports to the 2010 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting will be posted on the website as they are received. 


BC Athletics Awards Nomination Criteria 

Cross Country Awards are based on a point value system and recipients will be decided following the Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held November 28, 2009.
Coordinated by the BC Athletics Cross Country Committee
Cross Country Awards Criteria -

BC Athletics Club Membership Renewals

2010 Club application forms are available on the BC Athletics Website at: 

Please note, 2010 club applications are due December 31st, 2009.


To make sure the two new Masters categories are set up as simply and fairly as possible the following changes have been made to the categories. They are now based more on the members' age rather than what the member participates in. Please also note the name changes. These changes are now updated on ACDirect and in the on-line membership form on the BCA website.

Masters 40+

Masters 35-39

Note: In order to be eligible for Road and Cross Country Championships and championship medals, selection to BC Teams and funding, 35 - 39 year olds are required to hold a "Senior" membership and compete in the "Senior" category.

Masters in the Master 35-39 and Master 40+ categories who wish to compete as both a Master and a Senior should take out a "Senior" membership and indicate their particular Master category as a second membership type. The fee will be $94.50 and will include both memberships chosen.

Present your BCA Member Card and Reap the Rewards!

BC Athletics members can now receive discounts at many businesses around the province and the list is still growing! All you need to do is show your membership card and you will receive up to 10% off in-store purchases. Some of the establishments already supporting BC Athletics members are:

Shore Runners 151 Dogwood Street Campbell River
The Run Inn 1212B 56 Avenue Delta
Runners Sole 74-1395 Hillside Drive Kamloops
Frontrunners 133 - 735 Goldstream Ave Langford
Peninsula Runners #1 - 20349 88 Ave. Langley
Frontrunners #3 - 5767 Turner Rd. Nanaimo
Forerunners 980 Marine Dr North Vancouver
North Shore Athletics #101 - 1200 Lonsdale North Vancouver
Peach City Runners 214 Main Street Penticton
The Runners' Den 239 Newport Drive Port Moody
Cool Running #5 - 1050 - 10th SW Salmon Arm
Forerunners 3504 West 4th Avenue Vancouver
Rackets N' Runners 3880 Oak Street Vancouver
The Run Inn 2236 41st Avenue West Vancouver
Frontrunners 1200 Vancouver Street Victoria
Island Runner 1576 Fairfield Road Victoria
Peninsula Runners 3659 Shelbourne Street Victoria
Peninsula Runners 1708 - 152nd Street White Rock

Run Jump Throw

Run Jump Throw November Newsletter - online now

Please visit: to view full version

Road Running

2010 Lower Mainland Road Race Series

The 2010 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 Steveston Ice-Breaker 8k in Richmond on January 17, and concludes with the Richmond Oval 10k on August 15. The ten events feature races over 5K, 8K, 10K and the half marathon. All races are sanctioned by B.C. Athletics, and all courses are certified. Full details can be found on the Series website at

2010 Frontrunners Island Race Series

The Frontrunners Island Race Series is designed to promote running, fitness and inter-club competition on the Island. The series is organized by the Vancouver Island Runners' Association (VIRA), and the local running clubs. Between January and April eight races will be staged in various Island communities in all categories from Junior to Veterans. Full details can be found on the Series website at

Cross Country & Trail Running


NAIA Cross Country Championships

Clan cross combines for second overall:

T-Birds earn pair of top 10 team finishes at NAIA Championship:

Aldergrove Cross Country Ramble 7.7K – Aldergrove

1. Jordan Maynard, 28:06
1. Teresa Nightingale, 34:05

2009 Canadian Cross Country Championships, November 28, Guelph

The 2009 Junior, Senior and Masters Canadian Cross Country Championships will be held in Guelph, ON on November 28.

Congratulations and good luck to the following athletes who have been selected for the BC Team.

Junior Women

Maggie Woodward, UBC/Pacific Athletics
Alycia Butterworth, Oceanside
Sasha Schoch, Vernon
Kiya Posthumus, Valley Royals
Leah Regan, Golden Ears
Sarah Bailey, Vernon

Junior Men

Dylan Haight, UVic/ Pacific Athletics
Justin Kent, South Fraser
Conner Clerke, Kelowna
Rowan Forseth, UBC
Luc Bruchet, UBC/Ocean Athletics
Kyle Irvine, UVic

Senior Women

Marilyn Arsenault, Island Road Racers
Natasha Wodak, unattached
Kristina Rody, Vancouver Falcons
Lucy Smith, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Rachel Ruus, unattached
Laura Maludzinski, Pacific Athletics

Senior Men

Steve Osaduik, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Jim Finlayson, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Richard Mosley, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Kyle Jones, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Matt Clout, Island Road Racers
Logan Burke, UVic

Masters Women

Juliette Christie, Prairie Inn Harriers RT
Debbie Jordan, Ocean Athletics
Nicola Everton, Ocean Athletics

Masters Men

Rob Lonergan, Hershey Harriers
Paul Reimer, Deerfoot
Anthony Skuce, unattached
Neil Holm, unattached


Sean Baynton, coach
Barb Vida, coach
Maurice Wilson, team manager

Up to 20 additional BC athletes are also entered in the Championships. Good luck to all.

From Athletics Canada

AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships Saturday

OTTAWA - The 2009 AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships will take place this Saturday November 28 at the University of Guelph Arboretum in Guelph, ON.

The Championships will also serve as the selection trials for both the 2010 Americas Cross Country Championships March 6th in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, and the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Click here to view the complete list of entries


Time   Event                                    Distance
10:45  Masters Men & Women Championship (30+)   8km
12:00  Junior Women (>=1990)                    5km
12:45  Junior Men (>=1990)                      8km
 1:30  Senior Women                             7km
 2:15  Senior Men                               10km

For more information please visit

Simon Whitfield to race in 2009 Cross Country Championships

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today that double Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield will compete in next week's AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships in Guelph, Ontario. The event takes place Saturday November 28th at the University of Guelph Arboretum and will serve as the stage for the national junior (19 and under), senior and masters titles (30 and up).

Whitfield won gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and silver at the 2008 Beijing Games in the Triathlon. "I'm really looking forward to racing cross country nationals, I don't get to race cross country enough and when I do I always remember just how much fun it is. I have realistic expectations racing nationals, especially with where it fits into the season. I'd be flattered if people thought I could compete with (Simon) Bairu and company but the Regina speed demon is simply too fast for this old triathlete".

The fields will be stacked with a number of elites taking to the start line with Canadian title aspirations. On the men's side Simon Bairu from Regina has to be considered the favourite. Bairu is the reigning champion and just a few weeks ago in Toronto took the Canadian 10km Road Race title in a field featuring a number of the same athletes. Bairu also won the Cross Country national title in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He did not compete in 2007 due to an injury. Chantell Widney and Megan Metcalfe come in as strong favourites on the women's side. Widney finished 3rd last year and was 4th at the recent 10km Championships. Metcalfe, who was 2nd at this year's 10km champs, was a member of the 2008 Olympic team.

Senior Women Contenders

Name, Hometown, Club, Coach

Megan Brown, Guelph, ON, University of Toronto, Hugh Cameron
Lindsay Carson, Cambridge, ON, Tri City Track Club, Pete Grinbergs
Lisa Harvey, Calgary, AB, Calgary Spartans, Mike VanTighem
Megan Metcalfe, Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Thunder, Sean Cleary
Kendra Schaaf, Craven, SK, Queen City Striders, Steve Gersten
Chantell Widney, Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Thunder, Glen Playfair

Senior Men Contenders

Name, Hometown, Club, Coach

Simon Bairu, Regina, SK, Queen City Striders, Jerry Schumacher
Reid Coolsaet, Hamilton, ON, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Eric Gillis, Antigonish, NS, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Taylor Milne, Callander, ON, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Cleve Thorson, Port Elgin, ON, Speed River, Dave Scott-Thomas
Dylan Wykes, Kingston, ON, Phisi-Kult, Steve Boyd

The 2009 AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships serve as the selection trials for the 2010 NACAC and IAAF World Cross Country teams. For more information please visit 

From the Coaching Association of Canada

It's Time to Celebrate Canada's Coaches!

Campbell's® Chunky® partners with CAC to find Canada's Most Valuable Coach

Starting today, the Coaching Association of Canada and Chunky Soup, in association with TSN, will recognize the contributions of Canadian coaches with the launch of the second year of the Chunky MVC: Most Valuable Coach contest. This program encourages the millions of Canadians involved in community, amateur and competitive sports to visit to nominate a coach who has made a real difference in their lives and the lives of others by reflecting and promoting the values of leadership, activeness and community. This year's winner of Chunky MVC will receive a prize package valued at $25,000 for his or her athletes and community.

If you know a coach that deserves recognition for the outstanding work they do, then go to and nominate that coach to be the Chunky MVC!

Be sure to keep an eye out for Chunky MVC in-store presence and media appearances!

Nominations will be accepted from September 14, 2009 to January 6, 2010.

For more information, contact:

Britany Gordon
Assistant, Programs and Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
613-235-5000, ext. 9-2389

Awards & Grants

Sport BC Community Sport Hero Deadlines

All Sport BC Community Sport Hero Deadlines can be viewed at:

For Athletes

Best in the West 2010 - Phoenix, Arizona

The Vancouver Thunderbirds are organizing a spring training camp for high school track and field athletes. The camp is in Phoenix, Arizona from March 27-April 5. The coaching staff includes Tom Nielsen (throws), Nick Stoffberg (sprints, hurdles, jumps), Chris Johnson (endurance), and Stephanie McCann (pole vault, sprints, jumps). Spots are filling up fast, so be sure to sign-up soon if you want to attend. For a link to the flyer and application forms go to: 

Reminders, Resources, Newsletters and FYI


All Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemptions to expire December 31, 2009

(Ottawa, Ontario - August 6, 2009) - Athletes who currently hold an Abbreviated Therapeutic Use Exemption (ATUE) should be aware that any ATUE issued by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) or by any international federation, that shows an expiry date in 2010 or beyond, will no longer be valid past December 31, 2009.

Read the HTML version: 

or download the PDF: 

Courses and Seminars

Geoff Hollister - Out of Nowhere: How Nike Marketed the Culture of Running

The Running Room, in partnership with Nike, is pleased to present Geoff Hollister who will be at the Denman Running Room on Saturday, Nov 28, 10 am – 2 pm.

Geoff, who recently published Out of Nowhere: How Nike Marketed the Culture of Running, recounts his memoirs on the early days of Nike and its roots in running, to its present position as a market leader whose mission statement is "To bring innovation and inspiration to every athlete in the world."

Geoff's career pre-dates the existence of Nike as we know it today. He was one of the first employees working for Phil Knight and University of Oregon head track coach, Bill Bowerman at Blue Ribbon Sports. With BRS, Geoff sold Tiger track shoes from the back of his van, and eventually opened a small shop in Eugene, OR. Eventually, in 1972, the company transformed into Nike, at which time Geoff worked closely with Steve Prefontaine in promotions, as well as marketing at the 1972 Olympic trials, and the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Meet this pivotal part of Nike's short but exciting history.

Winter 2009/2010 Road Running Performance Clinics





Short Program - January 5, 2010 to April 14, 2010 - $125 - Registration Deadline January 5th

Registration form available on the BC Athletics website 

Back issues of the BCAB are available at