There are races afoot all year long
I know, I know . . . the thought of pulling on the old runners and pounding the pavement in these dog days of summer is more than many of us can handle.
So, okay, take this month off.
But you won’t want to get too far from the track because when you live in the Comox Valley, running is a year-round endeavour. And there’s always something to train for – as you can see from this collection of upcoming local races and events.
Fun fall footraces
You know how I said take this month off? You might want to reconsider that because this September sees the launch of a new off-road triathlon in Cumberland.
Touted as Canada’s toughest cross triathlon, the Dodge City X features a lake swim, mountain biking and trail run with standard, sprint and relay options. Taking place September 9th in the hills and forests of Cumberland, this event is already creating a buzz and, undoubtedly, a soon-to-be loyal following. In fact, I think it’s going to be so awesome that I hopped on board as a Community Sponsor!
And speaking of Cumberland, the Perseverance Run also takes advantage of the area’s pristine single-track, winding cross-country trails. A fundraiser for the Cumberland Community Forest Society, this is a good race for a good cause in the 12-kilometre range. This year’s race goes October 28th.
The Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) offer a number of runs throughout the year, and typically hold the Memorial Run in late November. Keep tabs on their website for further details.
Other annual Comox Valley running highlights
If you’ve been away from running for a while or are thinking of taking it up, keep your eyes out for the CVRR Learn to Run 5K clinic. It usually starts in the middle of January, goes for about 10 weeks and culminates in a 5K Fun Run.
The start of Spring sees the return of the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. This rural out-and-back race happens at the end of March. Runners stay on the roads but get to enjoy nice views of mountains, fields and rivers.
As the name suggests, The Cumby offers people another chance to stretch their legs in Cumberland while covering 25 kilometres of mountain trails in May.
Shorter distances more your style? The Fifth Street Mile in Courtenay on Canada Day and the Nautical Days 4 Miler in Comox on BC Day are fun family-friendly events.
Island-wide running series
For those who are looking to move beyond the Valley, the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association has a road racing series that goes pretty much all year long with races in numerous communities. Distances range from five kilometres to half marathon.
And the Vancouver Island Trail Running Series offers, well, trail runs from April to October.
Phew, I’m tired just talking about all these races. Happy trails!
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