Oceanside Running Club Association members (l to r) Maureen Forscutt, Elena Dimitroff, Rayner (Elena’s sister from Nanaimo) and Jenny Hubner celebrate after completing at the 8k race at the Goodlife Fitness Marathon held in Victoria, Oct. 8. — Jill Davies photo

Busy Thanksgiving weekend for Oceanside Running Club Association

Thanksgiving Weekend saw members of the Oceanside Running Club Association running in many directions.

ORCA president Barb Low was spotted in Paris among the 30,000 participants running a 20-kilometre race. While taking in all the sights and sounds of the city she ran the distance in a creditable two hours and seven minutes.

Closer to home Peter and Deb Poland ran the Okanagan Marathon, both finishing in the top 10 of their age groups. Peter (50-59) ran a 3:32:47 and placed 9th. Deb (50-59) ran 4:05:47 and placed 7th (gun times)

The Goodlife Fitness Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K were held on a sunny day in Victoria on Oct. 8. With near perfect weather conditions, nine Orcas lined up in various events.

In the marathon, Janet Manson ran the race in the 60-64 age division with a time of 4:33:16.

In the half-marathon, Sarah Larsen (30-34) completed the distance in a time of 1:41:41 for a personal best (PB), Natalie Nobert (50-54) ran with her daughter Emily and crossed the finish line together in 2:04:14.

In the 8K race, Terry Riggins made it to the podium with a second-place finish in the 70-74 age group with a time of 36:39. Other 8K runners were Jill Davies (70-74) in 50:03 and Maureen Kenyon (60-64) in 53:06

Graduates from Oceanside Running Club’s Learn to Run demonstrated the gains achieved through the annual programs. Special tributes go to Maureen Forscutt (55-59), a graduate from the 2016 clinic, ran her first 8K with a time of 47:13 alongside Jenny Hubner (50-54) from the 2017 clinic who also ran her first 8K and completed the course in 47:27.

Another Learn to Run graduate 2017 was Elena Dimitroff (60-64) who finished in 50:46 running alongside her sister Rayner of Nanaimo.

For more information about Learn to Run, please contact Doug Brown at dougb2016@telus.net

— ORCA Submission

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