Rob with Bart Yasso 2011

The year is 1980 and Alex Marshal and a handful of local runners begin a marathon event in Victoria BC, which 35 years later would become the largest participatory athletic event on Vancouver Island.

While there were just 700 running the first race starting and finishing at Mile '0' in Beacon Hill Park, the foundation was soon laid where Victoria would become a destination for runners across Canada and eventually the world. The public over the 80's took to running and triathlons.

Victoria became a training ground for many pursuits celebrating notable athletes who made it home during their careers, such as Steve Nash, Peter Reid, Laurie Bowden, Hilary Stellingwerff, Lucy Smith, Debbie Scott, Simon Whitfield, Jasper Blake, Angela Chalmers, Robin Meager, and who could not remember the world legend of ultra running, Al Howie. The Victoria region is one of parks, trails, and beaches which beckon activity.

Welcome! We hope you will discover the various social activities in our city as well, from our micro breweries to coffee shops, from museum tours to beachcombing.

Thanks to the many sponsors and volunteers which make our event one that will treat you royally.

Rob Reid
Race Director

President's Message — Victoria Marathon Society

This year's GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on October 12, 2014 promises to be exciting because it is the 35th Annual event.

The marathon had modest beginnings in 1980 with 700 participants supported by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers. Thirty-five years later the race has now become a festival of four running events that has grown in prestige, stature and popularity to attract over 12,000 competitors from all over the world.

Our goal is to provide participants with a ‘world class experience’ through features such as a beautiful scenic ocean-front race course, attractive New Balance technical race shirts, top quality race medals and the contagious enthusiasm and support of 1,500 volunteers.

We are proud to be a continuing supporter of over 20 charities including our four official charities: KidSport, Raise a Reader, GoodLife Kids Foundation and the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group. In addition we support our Charity Pledge Program (CPP). Since 2006 the CPP has raised over $1 million 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. 2014 is the fifth year with GoodLife Fitness as title sponsor. Dairyland is a gold sponsor for the fourth year in a row and Heel Canada returns as a silver sponsor for the sixth year, and we appreciate the continued support from Tourism Victoria. We have also benefited from our many long standing sponsors such as New Balance, Thrifty Foods, PowerBar, Frontrunners, the City of Victoria as well as the Municipality of Oak Bay. Our media partners – the Times Colonist, CHEK and Ocean 98.5 and 103.1 JACK FM – 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 comprise 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 friens 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 35th Annual event!

President, Victoria Marathon Society

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