WELCOME TO THE 34th GOODLIFE FITNESS VICTORIA MARATHON!
Welcome to Victoria and our 34th running of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon - we thank you for participating this year.
With over 12,000 participants taking part we are happy to roll out the welcome mat to you in true Victoria fashion.
Marathoning has always been and will continue to be a great activity promoting fitness and friendship. This was demonstrated this year when the incident in Boston proved that runners are a strong community and committed to always assisting one another. As organizers continue to review and adjust security needs in our new reality, it is imperative that our sport and spirits continue to flourish.
Victoria is a great destination event as many of us transplanted here can adhere to and truly call home. We have a great culture here so find time to check out our local coffee shops, the micro breweries and our wineries. From the Royal BC Museum to Butchart Gardens there is so much for family to see and do during the weekend.
Our volunteers work year round to set up the expo, course, and develop relationships with our sponsors who believe in the experience that will make the weekend special for you.
Please give our committee/volunteers feedback on how your experience is this weekend, and send us your photos as you walk, run and enjoy our Garden City.
PRESIDENTíS REPORT — VICTORIA MARATHON SOCIETY
As the 34th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race, Thrifty Foods Kids Run approaches in October, runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities have already begun their training for one of the most runner-friendly events in Canada. The event has continually grown in prestige, stature and popularity over the 33 years to attract over 12,000 competitors from all over the world. The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is, and continues to be, the largest and most popular distance running celebration on Vancouver Island. In British Columbia, the BMO Vancouver International Marathon, held in May, and the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, held in October, complement one another in both numbers and services and they offer runners an opportunity to choose a quality spring and fall distance event.
Our goal is for participants to have a 'world class experience' through features such as our popular Race Expo, attractive New Balance technical race shirts, a beautiful, scenic water-front race course, top-quality participant medals and awards, nearby hotels including the Fairmont Empress, massage therapy, recovery zone, souvenir apparel and a host of other race intangibles. You won't find a more perfect backdrop for a finish line than the historic Parliament Buildings, the Pacific Ocean with sailboats in the inner harbour, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum and the majestic Olympic Mountains.
We are proud to be a continuing supporter of local charities. We have two levels in our charity program. The four official charities are: KidSport, Raise a Reader, GoodLife Kids Foundation and the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group. In addition we support the Times Colonist Charity Pledge program. Since its inception in 2006 the Charity Pledge Program has raised over $1 million dollars for people within this community.
We are very fortunate to be supported by outstanding sponsors and suppliers many of whom have been with us for many years. 2013 is the fourth year with GoodLife Fitness as title sponsor. Dairyland is a gold sponsor for the third year in a row and we appreciate the continued support from Tourism Victoria. For the second year Encana returns as a sponsor, increasing their level from bronze to silver. We have also benefited from our many long standing sponsors like New Balance, Thrifty Foods, Power Bar, Frontrunners, Heel Canada and the City of Victoria as well as Oak Bay. Our media partners also continue to give us invaluable exposure and promotion. Our event would not be what it is today without the generosity of all of our sponsors and suppliers.
The Board of Directors and Race Committee combined is comprised of 52 hard-working, conscientious individuals. I am proud to be a part of this cooperative and energetic team. Our tremendous volunteer crew of over 1,500 is second to none in comparison to the hundreds of other special events and festivals that Victoria stages each year.
As a Society, we welcome all participants, their family and friends to Victoria, the "Running Capital of Canada" and the "City of Champions". We endeavour and sincerely hope that everyone returns home as a champion. The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is a popular destination marathon; it is a race "organized by runners for runners" with so many small, but very special touches. Best of luck to everyone participating in this 34th annual event!