Congratulations to our BC Marathon & Super Series Champions!
What wonderful weather for Road Running this fall season. Some might have even said it was a little warm on the weekend for the Royal Victoria Marathon, that was host to the BC Athletics Marathon Road Running Championships as part of their fabulous event. Almost 7,700 runners were registered for the events on Sunday, over the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8k and Kids Run 1.5km distances.
Congratulations to Teferi Kebede Balcha and Rozlyn Boutin, who were both the event winners and our BC Athletics Champions!
Teferi finished in a time of 2:25:26 with a four minute lead over the next competitor. While Rozlyn finished with a 2:46:49, three minutes ahead of her next competitor.
More on Athletics Illustrated, including interviews with the top athletes from the Royal Victoria Marathon.
Write up from Canadian Running Magazine can be found here.
The BC Athletics Marathon Championships winners over all are:
|2||2:51:04||Andrea Lee||North Vancouver||Unattached|
|1||2:25:26||Teferi Kebede Balcha||Victoria||Prairie Inn Harriers Racing Team|
|2||2:29:55||Aidan Anderson||North Vancouver||Unattached|
|Women's Age Category Winners|
|1 - F35 to F39||4:46:49||Angela Ruscheinski||Prince George||Prince George Road Runners|
|1 - F40 to F44||3:32:12||Kimberley Girard||Terrace|
|1 - F55 to F59||4:18:05||Lynn Martin||North Vancouver||Lions Gate Road Runners|
|1 - F75 to F79||5:19:00||Cherry Graff||Vancouver||Kajaks Track & Field Club|
|Men's Age Category Winners|
|1 - M30 to M34||3:42:25||Alexander Faubert||Vancouver||Vancouver Falcons Athletic Clubs|
|1 - M45 to M49||4:11:33||Scott Smith||Duncan||Cowichan Valley Athletic Club|
|1 - M55 to M59||3:13:18||Richard Plunkett||Kelowna||Kajaks Track & Field Club|
|2 - M55 to M59||4:49:47||Arnold Sikhakhane||White Rock||Unattached|
|1 - M60 to M64||3:04.41||Walter Downey||Vancouver||Lions Gate Road Runners|
|2 - M60 to M64||3:16:50||Keith Wakelin||Merville||Unattached|
|1 - M70 to M74||4:31:35||Richard Mansfield||Prince George||Prince George Road Runners|
Not only was the Royal Victoria Marathon the last of the 2022 Road Running Championships, it marked the last event in the 2022 BC Super Series. A collaboration of the best runs in BC and BC Athletics, bringing together the best 12 events in BC with the top athletes in our province.
On the Men’s side of the podium, Lucas Bruchet was able to hang on for top spot, with just 13 points separating the top 3 runners of Lucas, Benjamin Preisner and Justin Kent. At many of the events you would find the three of sharing the spots on the podium. Close behind was Brendan Wong, who had raced 7 of the 12 events this year and won 3 of them outright.
In the Women’s division, top honours go to Leslie Sexton, with two wins and two podiums in her four Super Series appearances this year. Second place goes to Katrina Allison with one event win and three top ten finishes. Jen Millar of Victoria taking third, with dominating runs on Vancouver Island and podiums in the Vancouver Half and TC10k. Fourth was Andrea Lee, using her placing in the Marathon Championships to propel her into the prize money for the Super Series.
Our top age graded masters of 2023 were Walter Downey and Patricia Kearney. And our top youth runners this year were Cole Wheeler and Ria Gill.
Congratulations to all the runners that took part in any of the 12 BC Super Series events this year!
To win prizing in the BC Super Series, you must also be a member of BC Athletics.
The 2023 BC Super Series Calendar is
- Prairie Inn Harriers Pioneer 8k, Saanich – January 8th
- Steveston Icebreaker 8k, Steveston – January 15th
- First Half Marathon, Vancouver – February 12th
- St. Patrick’s Day 5k, Vancouver – March 11th
- Vancouver Sun Run, Vancouver – April 16th
- TC10k, Victoria – April 30th
- BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, Vancouver – May 7th
- Longest Day 5k, Vancouver – June 16th
- Vancouver Half Marathon, Vancouver – June 25th
- Summerfast 10k, Vancouver – July 15th
- Under Armour Eastside 10k, Vancouver – September 16th
- Royal Victoria Marathon, Victoria – October 8th
All dates are tentative, and you should check with the individual events for updates.