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ISSUE #46-2009
Friday, December 4, 2009

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Highlights from this issue:

  • BC Athletics AGM and Annual Awards Banquet to take place this weekend
  • BC Athletics Club Membership Renewals Due DEC 31st
  • AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships 2009 Results
  • Athletics Canada – The Gold Standard: December and January Edition
  • 2010 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet; Annual General Meeting Reports


From the BC Athletics Office

2010 BC Athletics AGM

2010 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet

BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet is being held this Saturday, December 5th at the Hilton Vancouver Airport. Reservations for the Banquet are now closed. Tickets will not be available at the door.

For a list of all award nominees and recipients to be honoured this Saturday, please go to:

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 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

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Road Running


Great Australian Run 15K – Melbourne AUS

Marilyn Arsenault was invited to participate in the Great Australian Run – a 15K race taking in some of Melbourne's most famous landmarks, and drawing an international field. Australian Nikki Chapple won the women's race in 50:18, with Arsenault finishing 8th in 53:39. Guenther Weidlinger of Austria won the men's race in 43:01.

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


Canadian Cross Country Championships – Guelph ON

BC athletes produced some excellent performances at the National Cross Country Championships, highlighted by a second place finish by Dylan Haight in the Junior Men's race, and first place team finishes in the Junior and Senior Men's races.

The first championship race of the day was the Masters. Both men and women raced together over 8K. Rob Lonergan was the outstanding performer, finishing third overall, and first age graded performance. Toronto's Bruce Raymer, competing in a younger age group than Lonergan, was the overall winner. Elizabeth Primrose, also of Toronto, was the women's winner. BC finished second to Ontario for the Blue Nose Trophy, based on the top-4 age graded results.

1. Bruce Raymer (ON), 26:03.2
3. Rob Lonergan, 26:41.0 (1st M50-54)
12. Neil Holm, 27:30.1
13. Tony Skuce, 27:32.4 (2nd M45-49)
30. Paul Reimer, 28:45.3
74. Steve Hosford, 30:53.2
96. Juliette Christie, 32:10.1 (3rd F45-49)
101. Nicola Everton, 32:30.0 (2nd F40-44)
104. Lisa Brougham, 32:48.0
140. Debbie Jordan, 36:12.5

The Junior Women's race was over 5K. Caroline Pfister of Sherbrooke was the clear winner, despite being only 17. Sam Walkow of Ocean Athletics did not contest the BC Championships, but had a great run in Guelph, finishing 9th overall, and making herself eligible as an alternate for selection to the Canadian Team to attend the NACAC and World Cross Country Championships. The young BC team finished 6th in the provincial competition.

1. Caroline Pfister (QC), 17:17.1
9. Sam Walkow, 18:21.0
45. Alycia Butterworth, 19:23.3
46. Maggie Woodward, 19:23.9
85. Sarah Bailey, 19:53.6
93. Leah Regan, 20:01.7
111. Kiya Posthumus, 20:20.5
118. Sasha Schoch, 20:29.1
160. Elizabeth Wong, 22:37.6

BC's best performances came in the Junior Men's 8K race. Mohammed Ahmed of Ontario, first freshman in the NCAA Championships earlier in the week, was the comfortable winner. But in a sprint for the finish, Dylan Haight just won out to take second place. Luc Bruchet also finished in the top six, ensuring automatic selection to the Canadian Team. BC won the provincial competition.

1. Mohammed Ahmed (ON), 24:09.0
2. Dylan Haight, 24:33.1
6. Luc Bruchet, 24:46.6
51. Rowan Forseth, 26:25.0
52. Kyle Irvine, 26:26.2
68. Justin Kent, 26:51.5
84. Azar Chatur
89. William Cliff, 27:08.1
110. Connor Clerke, 27:28.1
163. Dennis Brown, 28:31.3
192. Billy Wong, 29:54.2

BC's Senior Women packed well behind the top individuals in their 7K race, and just lost out to a strong Alberta squad in the provincial competition. Anita Campbell secured an automatic place on the Canadian Team by running fourth for most of the race. In a sprint for the finish, Natasha Wodak stumbled two steps before the line, and had to settle for seventh and first alternate for the Canadian Team. The race was won by first year senior Kendra Schaaf of Saskatchenwan, who was also the runner-up at the NCAA Championship 5 days earlier.

1. Kendra Schaaf (SK), 23:21.0
4. Anita Campbell, 24:08.4
7. Natasha Wodak, 24:26.1
11. Lucy Smith, 24:56.3
13. Kristina Rody, 25:00.1
21. Laura Maludzinski, 25:45.6
24. Rachel Ruus, 25:50.0

The final event was the Senior Men's 10K race. Saskatechewan won their second individual title as Simon Bairu turned in a dominant performance to win the championship for the seventh time in eight years. After being content to run in second place for the first 2.5K lap, he powered away at the start of the second, and opened up a winning margin of more than a minute. BC again packed well behind top finisher Richard Mosley in ninth, to win the provincial competition. Mosley also led the Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team to second place in the club teams competition, behind hosts Speed River.

1. Simon Bairu, 28:49.8
9. Richard Mosley, 30:46.1
10. Simon Whitfield, 30:55.0
12. Chris Winter, 31:00.0
16. Logan Burke, 31:14.8
17. Jim Finlayson, 31:15.0
18. Steve Osaduik, 31:15.5
27. Matt Clout, 31:28.8
28. Dylan Gant, 31:29.7
29. Kyle Jones, 31:31.9
34. Kevin Friesen, 32:01.7
36. Kris Swanson, 32:07.0
74. Craig Odermatt, 33:36.3

Gunner Shaw Cross Country - Victoria

Outstanding performances were achieved in both the men's and women's fields at the 25th annual Gunner Shaw Cross Country Classic as Jason Loutitt and Lauren Groves completely destroyed their opponents and came away as clear race champions. Loutitt was challenged for the first half of the race by Kenyans Nixon Kiprotich and Willy Langat before demonstrating his excellent climbing and rough-trail running power, of which he is both a former Canadian Mountain Racing Champion and the Canadian Snow Shoe Racing Champion for 2009. At the end it was Loutitt finishing in 31:41, Shawn Nelson running to a brilliant second half for 32:34 and Kiprotich hanging on for third in 32:50. Lauren Groves was a comfortable winner in 38:44, with Devon Mihalyi second in 39:45, and Claire Morgan third in 41:23.

The top masters, in a strong and deep field, were Steve Bachop, 34:33, and Joanne Rosen, who at the age of 50, beat all the 40-year-olds in 44:18. In the placings, Paddy McCluskey took second in 36:02 and Gord Christie claimed third in 36:53. On the women's side, Shannon Coutts was second in 44:49 and Louise Proulx placed second to Rosen in the F50 division in 45:58. There were 434 finishers.

From Athletics Canada

AGSI Canadian Cross Country Championships / Championnat canadien AGSI de cross-country, Guelph, November 28 novembre

Senior Men 10km / 10 km senior masculin

1. Simon Bairu, 28:49.8
2. Eric Gillis, 30:00.5
3. Matthew Brunsting, 30:11.4
4. Kelly Weibe, 30:28.0
5. Alex Genest, 30:32.5

Senior Women 7km / 7 km senior féminin

1. Kendra Schaaf, 23:21.0
2. Megan Brown, 23:28.0
3. Megan Metcalfe, 24:02.3
4. Anita Campbell, 24:08.4
5. Lisa Harvey, 24:20.3

Junior Men 8km / 8 km junior masculin

1. Mohammed Ahmed, 24:09.0
2. Dylan Height, 24:33.1
3. James Leakos, 24:33.5
4. Daryl Smith, 24:40.2
5. Wyatt Baiton, 24:45.0

Junior Women 5km / 5 km junior féminin

1. Caroline Pfister, 17:17.1
2. Chelsea Graham, 17:26.3
3. Geneviève Lalonde, 17:28.7
4. Ciara Kary, 17:52.4
5. Sara Giovannetti, 18:02.1

Masters Men 8km / 8 km pour vétérans (hommes)

1. Bruce Raymer, 26:03.2
2. Mike Gill, 26:32.3
3. Robert Lonergan, 26:41.0
4. Alain Boucher, 26:45.5
5. Laszlo Orosz, 26:46.5

Masters Women 8km / 8 km pour vétérans (femmes)

1. Elizabeth Primrose, 30:21.3
2. Becky Patten, 30:30.3
3. Janet Wynands, 31:04.4
4. Jennifer Ditchfield, 31:16.3
5. Melanie Boultbee, 31:37.1

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

Athletics Canada – The Gold Standard Newsletter: Dec and Jan Edition

The December & January edition of The Gold Standard is now available. Please visit:


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.

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Courses and Seminars

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