Media

For all media enquiries, including Race Weekend accreditation, contact Louise Hodgson-Jones at media@runvictoriamarathon.com

Marathon Media Releases

2013

  • Oct 1
    MEDIA RELEASE: Dick Beardsley Headlines GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series. Running legend Dick Beardsley, author and editor of Marathon & Beyond Rich Benyo and Olympian Hilary Stellingwerff are among the speakers at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series, to be held on Saturday October 12 at the Marathon Race Expo. The Speaker Series runs from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm and will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the Auditorium.
  • Sept 5
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Regular Registration Deadline September 15. The regular registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just over a week away on September 15. To date, over 7,400 registrations have been received for all four events the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next few days before the late registration fees apply.
  • July 9
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Early Bird Registration Deadline - July 15. The early bird registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away - on July 15. To date over 4,000 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next week before the regular registration fees apply.
  • June 13
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Officially Launches 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program with Fundraising Announcement. The 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, with the announcement that since 2006, the program has reached the $1 Million mark in fundraising. Nineteen charities will be participating this year. The 2013 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
  • June 11
    MEDIA RELEASE: The 34th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon invites you to a Media Conference to officially launch the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program.
  • May 10
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon First Registration Deadline - May 15. The first registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away - on May 15. The 34th annual running of the Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 13. In addition to the Marathon there is a Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run. All four races are capped: the Marathon at 3,000; Half Marathon at 6,000; 8K Road Race at 3,500 and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run 1,300.
  • Feb 20
    MEDIA RELEASE - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon announces 19 Charities to participate in the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. (Victoria, BC - February 20, 2013). Nineteen charities will be participating in the 2013 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. This is the eighth year that the highly successful Charity Pledge Program has been adopted by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. It is the third year that the Times Colonist has been the title sponsor for the program. In 2012, 20 charities participated in the Charity Pledge Program raising just over $195,000. Since 2006, just under $1 million has been raised by the combined charities.
  • Jan 16
    MEDIA RELEASE - GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Online Registration Open (Victoria, BC January 16, 2013). As the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon prepares to celebrate its 34th Annual event on Sunday October 13, 2013, we are pleased to announce that online registration is now open. There are four events to choose from: the Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km), 8K Road Race or the Thrifty Foods Kids Run (1.2km).

2012

  • Nov 21
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announces 2012 Charity Totals. (Victoria, BC November 21, 2012). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has announced its charity fundraising totals from the 2012 event. The combined total from the Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program, donations from the Victoria Marathon Society and participant donations totaled $325,500. The 2012 event was held on Sunday, October 7th.
  • Oct 15
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon Makes Top Ranking in BC. The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon is the most competitive Half Marathon in BC this year, according to BC Athletics. The ranking is based on the times of the top 20 men and women. The Half Marathon, with the Marathon and 8K Road Race, took place on Sunday, October 7.
  • Oct 7
    MEDIA RELEASE: Thomas Omwenga wins the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Natasha Fraser sets New Half Marathon Course Record Adam Campbell Shatters Guinness World Record. Marathon record-holder Thomas Omwenga made it two in a row today when he won the 33rd Annual GoodLife Fitness Marathon. Natasha Fraser (nee Wodak) also followed her 2011 victory by breaking her own Half Marathon Course record. The event, held under un-seasonal, warm, sunny conditions also saw eight age-group records and a Guinness World Record.
  • Oct 5
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Announces Strong Elite Field - Over 11,000 Registered in all Events. (Victoria, BC October 5, 2012) There will be exciting competition this year in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Both the Men's and Women's 2011 Marathon Champions will be back. Thomas Omwenga will be defending his record-breaking time of 2:14:33, and Lucy Njeri is switching to the Half Marathon and hoping to set a new course record. The 33rd Annual event, which takes place on Sunday, October 7, had 11,118 registrations when online registration closed at noon yesterday.
  • Oct 1
    MEDIA RELEASE: Traffic Advisory for Sunday, October 7, 2012 (Victoria, BC October 1, 2012). On Sunday, October 7, the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon route will start in downtown Victoria on Menzies and wind through the downtown core into James Bay and Beacon Hill Park, along Dallas Rd to Gonzales Bay. It will proceed into Fairfield, Oak Bay and Uplands before the turnaround. The route then returns the same way. There will be a loop at the Lawndale/Cowichan area that will be the turnaround point for the Half Marathon.
  • Sept 28
    MEDIA RELEASE: Victoria Lawyer Attempts to Break Guinness World Record (Victoria, BC September 28, 2012) On Sunday, October 7th, 2012, Adam Campbell will race in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for being the fastest man to run a marathon in a business suit.
  • Sept 25
    MEDIA RELEASE: London Olympians Headline GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series. (Victoria, BC - September 25, 2012) Two-time Olympian Simon Whitfield, track cycling bronze medalist Tara Whitten, and 1500-metre runner Hilary Stellingwerff are among the speakers at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Speaker Series, to be held on Saturday October 6 at the Marathon Race Expo. The Speaker Series runs from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the Auditorium.
  • Sept 10
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Regular Registration Deadline - September 15. The regular registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just five days away - on September 15. To date, over 8,100 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next five days before the late registration fees apply.
  • July 23
    MEDIA RELEASE: Victoria Marathon Modifies Elite Qualifying Standards (Victoria, BC - July 23, 2012). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has modified its Qualifying Standards for elite athletes in the Marathon and Half Marathon, to encourage more local and North American runners to apply. These new standards will be in effect for the event this year, which takes place on Sunday, October 7, 2012. In addition, course record bonuses will be extended to include Permanent Residents and Refugees - in prior years only Canadian Citizens were eligible.
  • July 11
    MEDIA RELEASE: Victoria Marathon Early Bird Deadline Ends July 15. (Victoria, BC - July 11, 2012) The early bird registration deadline for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is just days away - on July 15. To date over 4,300 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon. It is expected that there will be an increase in registrations over the next week before the regular registration fees apply.
  • June 7
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon officially launches 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. (Victoria, BC - June 7, 2012) The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today. This is the seventh year that the highly successful program has been adopted by the Marathon and 20 charities will be participating this year. Since 2006, $792,000 has been raised by the combined charities. The 2012 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
  • June 4
    MEDIA ADVISORY: The 33rd Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon invites you to a Media Conference to officially launch the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. Thursday, June 7, 10:00 am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. Meet the 20 charities that are involved in the Marathon this year, and hear how individuals can join a team and raise money for these great causes.
  • June 1
    Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program Media Launch. Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:00-11:00am at Frontrunners Footwear, 1200 Vancouver Street. Go to the Facebook event here.
  • January 31
    MEDIA RELEASE: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon announces 20 Charities to participate in the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program (Victoria, BC - January 31, 2012). Twenty charities will be participating in the 2012 Times Colonist Charity Pledge Program. This is the seventh year that the highly successful Charity Pledge Program has been adopted by the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. It is the second year that the Times Colonist has been the title sponsor for the program. In 2011, 22 charities participated in the Charity Pledge Program raising $180,000. Since 2006, $792,000 has been raised by the combined charities. More info: Official Charities and Charity Pledge Program.
  • January 10
    Victoria Marathon To Host 2011 BC Marathon Championships - More Information from BC Athletics.

2011

2010

  • Nov 4, 2010
    MEDIA RELEASE - Record fundraising year for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon (Victoria, BC - November 4, 2010). The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon raised a record amount for charities this year. The combined total from the Charity Pledge Program, donations from the Victoria Marathon Society and participant donations is over $470,000. The 2010 event, which also had a record number of participants, was held on October 10th. (Media Release PDF)
  • Oct 14, 2010
    BC Marathon Championships - The provincial Marathon road running championship was incorporated into the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon, hosted by the Victoria Marathon Society, and was open to any 2010 competitive athlete member of BC Athletics. The Championship winners were Kevin O'Connor and Suzanne Evans!
  • Oct 10, 2010
    MEDIA RELEASE - Highlights
    • Record Registrations and Finishers
    • New World Age-Group Record
    • New BC Age-Group Record
  • Oct 8, 2010
    MEDIA RELEASE - Record Registrations for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Event features the Strongest ever Elite field (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, October 8, 2010).
  • Oct 5, 2010
    Media advisory about the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Media Conference: Friday, October 8 at 10:00am.
  • Oct 4, 2010
    Parking and Road Closures and Road Closures Media Advisory (October 4, 2010).
  • Sept 30, 2010
    Media Release - Strongest Ever Elite Field in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Over 80 Athletes Confirmed (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, Sep 30, 2010)
  • Sept 27, 2010
    Media Release - Victoria Half Marathon Reaches Cap (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, Sep 27, 2010)
  • Sept 20, 2010
    (Victoria, BC - September 17, 2010) - With just three weeks to go until the 31st Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, the Half Marathon is approaching its cap of 6,800. There are 325 registrations available and it is predicted that this race will be sold out in days. Media Release (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Sep 17, 2010).
  • Sept 13, 2010
    GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Registration Numbers Increase as Regular Registration Deadline Approaches (Victoria, BC - September 13, 2010) Registration numbers for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon continue to increase as the regular registration deadline approaches on September 15. To date over 11,000 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon, an increase of over 1,000 over the same time in 2009. It is expected that the number will increase considerably over the next two days as runners take advantage of the regular rate. Media Release (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Sep 13, 2010)
  • July 13, 2010
    GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon Registration Numbers up by 24% as Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaches - Registration numbers for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon are up by 24% compared to this time last year. To date over 5,500 registrations have been received for all four events - the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K Road Race and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run & Marathon - 1,100 more than 2009. With the 'early bird' deadline just two days away - on July 15 - this number is expected to increase considerably. Media Release (PDF) - Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, July 13, 2010.
  • June 10, 2010
    GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon launches 2010 Charity Pledge Program (Media Release, June 10, 2010) - The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2010 Charity Pledge Program (CPP) was officially launched today. This is the fifth year that the highly successful program has been adopted by the Marathon and 18 charities will be participating this year. Since 2006, $282,075 has been raised by the combined charities.
  • May 27, 2010
    GoodLife Fitness named Title Sponsor of the Victoria Marathon - The Victoria Marathon Society today announced that the Royal Victoria Marathon has secured a Title Sponsor. GoodLife Fitness has acquired the title rights for three years to cover the 2010, 2011 and 2012 events. The Royal Victoria Marathon will now be known as the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Media Release (PDF)
  • March 15, 2010
    Eighteen Charities to Participate in the 2010 Royal Victoria Marathon Charity Pledge Program (March 15, 2010, Media Release)
  • January 18, 2010
    Victoria Marathon To Host 2010 BC Marathon Championships - Media Release (Louise Hodgson-Jones, Media Liaison, January 18, 2010)

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