Vancouver Thunderbirds is wrapping up its final day of FREE Spring Break Camps today, lead by Junior Development East Head Coach, Braeden Charlton.
This week between 9am-11am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Charlton and various other Thunderbird Track and Field coaches hosted over 50 athletes at Lord Byng High School in grades 3-7. Then, between 1pm-3pm out of Champlain Heights Elementary School, another 60 athletes (with numerous unfortunately left out on the sizeable wait-list) were given the same camp experience and coaching expertise. Vancouver Thunderbirds works hard to promote the importance of physical literacy and a “fit for life” mentality. The Club’s aim is to engage more interest in the sport of track and field at large, while also noting that the benefits of track and field are transferable across all sports.
BCIT Reporter, Riley Radiuk interviewed Chalrton live from Champlain Heights Elementary on Wednesday, capturing a great feel for Thunderbird’s Junior Development culture, and the camper’s overall experiences: Thunderbirds 2019 Free Track and Field Camp for Grades 3-7
The 2019 Track and Field outdoor season is right around the corner, and it is not too late to get your child/their school involved! For more information on Thunderbirds Track and Field Club, including FREE School Outreach programs (coaching support), please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.thunderbirdstrack.org
Last weekend, Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club athletes, coaches, and parents, delivered 8,000 bags of organic potting soil and aged mushroom manure across Vancouver.
This has been by far our most successful fundraiser to date, and we would like to sincerely thank each and every volunteer, customer, and local business who helped make it possible!
In particular, Thunderbirds would like to extend a HUGE thank you to @routific. Your software helped us save hours planning routes & helps the environment by reducing the gas our volunteers use to make hundreds of deliveries. https://routific.com/ #RouteOptimization #RoutePlanning #DeliveryManagement #LastMileDelivery
Secondly, thank you to our supplier (Answer Garden), particularly Steve Trotter and Martin Moser for all your help and expertise over the years!
Finally, to Len’s Ranger and Transport, for donating your fork-lift in support of our club fundraiser!! We could not have completed our delivery without you!!
Until next year, happy gardening and thank you again for supporting the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club!!
Club records have been updated from the 2018 Track and Cross Country Seasons. A big thank you to Edwin Liu for compiling these results for us, year after year. Should you see any corrections needing to be made, please email Edwin directly: email@example.com.
Below are a list of 2019 Road and Cross Country Races, provided by BC Athletics (Clifton Cunningham). Look forward to seeing lots of Thunderbird singlets on the start lines in 2019!
BC Athletics – Road & Cross Provincial Championships
- 8K Championship: Steveston Icebreaker 8K, January 20, 2019
- 5K Championship: BMO St Patrick's Day 5K, March 16, 2019
- 10K Championship: TC10K, April 28, 2019
- Marathon Championship: BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 5, 2019
- Half Marathon Championship: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon, October 13, 2019
- BC Cross Country Championship: Beaver Lake, Victoria. Hosted by Prairie Inn Harriers. October 27, 2019
- 10k - Ottawa, May 25, 2019 - Part of the Tamarack Ottawa Marathon Race Weekend
- 10,000m – Vancouver, June 13 – Part of the Pacific Distance Carnival (1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m) watch BC Athletics for details.
- Half Marathon - Winnipeg, June 16, 2019 - Part of the Manitoba Marathon Race Weekend
- Marathon - Toronto, October 20, 2019 - Part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
- Cross Country - Abbotsford, November 30, 2019
BC Super Series
The BC Super Series is a collaboration between BC Athletics and 12 of BC's best road races, which bring the best athletes in BC together in competition, and encourage participation from all abilities. BCA members mustrun four or more races to qualify for prizes.
1. January 13 – Harriers Pioneer 8k
- 40th Annual Running of the Pioneer 8k, new race course is only 3km from the Schwartz Bay ferry and the start time is 11:30am. Always a very competitive field to kick off the season. Elite standards are: Men Open sub 25:00 / Masters (40+) 27:00, Women Open Sub 28:00 / Masters 30:00. If you meet standards, email firstname.lastname@example.org summary of recent 2018 5k, 10k or 8k performances to apply.
2. January 20 – Kajaks Steveston Icebreaker 8k
- The Provincial 8k Championship and also the 1st race in the Lower Mainland Series, a flat course starting in Steveston and following the Fraser River. New this year a 1km Kids Run to bring the family out. Elite athlete standards are Men sub 25:00 and Women sub 28:00, check the event website for details and how to apply.
3. February 10 – ‘First Half’ Half Marathon
- The event is sold out, but elite athletes can apply for consideration until January 15. Standards are Men sub 1:10 half and Women sub 1:20 Half. Check out the website for more details and how to apply.
4. March 16 – St Patrick’s Day 5k
- Always a quick run and a great party! For elite consideration contact by February 23, applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis. See website for more details.
5. April 14 - Vancouver Sun Run
- 35 years running for the Vancouver Sun Run, join Canada’s largest start line. Elite applications will open mid-January, see website for entry standards.
6. April 28 – TC 10k
- 30th Annual TC10k powered by RunSport and the Provincial 10k Championship. See website for more information on the elite athlete program.
7. May 5 – BMO Vancouver Marathon
- The Provincial Marathon Championships, elite application deadline February 28th. See website for details.
8. June 14 – Longest Day 5k
- Enjoy a fun Friday evening run and stay for the PARTY! Check the website for more details.
9. June 23 – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon
- 21st annual Scotia Half, running from UBC to Stanley park. The net downhill course and Scotiabank Charity Challenge are standout features of the event. Elite entry and standards can be found on the event site here.
10. July 20 – VFAC Summerfast 10k
- The flat and fast Stanley Park course is a great highlight of the summer. Elite athlete information can be found on their site here.
11. September 14 – Under Armour Eastside 10k
- A run in, for and with the Eastside of Vancouver. Even with the notorious hill marking half way, the course is still fairly fast and attracts a stacked field. To be part of it, apply online here.
12. October 13 – Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon
- Provincial Half Marathon Championship and final race of the BC Super Series. Elite standards and application will open in the New Year, for 2018 details, see their website here (scroll down).
Other regional race series to check out –
- Lower Mainland Road Race Series (LMRRS) – https://www.lmrrs.com/
- Vancouver Island Race Series - http://www.islandseries.org/
- Interior Running Association (Road & Cross) - http://interiorrunningassociation.com/
- Lower Mainland Cross Country Series – http://www.bcathletics.org/Content/lower-mainland-x-country-jd/40/?popup_lg=1
BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet – Saturday, February 2
The BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet to celebrate the 2018 Athletics season will be held at theExecutive Airport Plaza Hotel, Richmond (7311 Westminster Hwy).
- The BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet will celebrate the accomplishments of the 2018 season with individuals being recognized for athletic performances, coaching, officiating, and administration. Inductees to the BC Athletics Hall of Fame will also be recognized during the evening.
- Award recipients will be notified directly, with lists being publicized throughout January.
- Information regarding the Awards Banquet can be found on the event page here.
- Tickets to the Awards Banquet can be purchased here.
2019 BC Athletics High Performance Targeted Athlete Development Camp
BC Athletics in partnership with the Canadian Sports Institute is hosting a High Performance Athlete Development Camp that will provide BC Athletics Athletes & Coaches with a day of interactive workshops and seminars presented by world-leading experts in high performance sport!
BCA Sanction and Certification
For events to count towards your national rankings and results, events must be both sanctioned and certified. Encourage your local event to become both certified and sanctioned. Race Directors can contact Clif for more information
All Thunderbirds Endurance athletes from JD-Masters are encouraged to attend our Joint Holiday Practice on Saturday December 15 at 10AM at UBC.
Come out and enjoy a fun mixed workout which will include endurance relays, games, and more! We will also be recognizing our recently crowned National Champions, Tyler Dozzi (JR Men) and Lucas Bruchet (Senior Men), as well as the Sr Men’s team club winners, as well as Natalia Hawthorne, who placed 5th in the Senior Women’s race !
Following the workout, a small social will take place where hot chocolate, cookies, and light snacks will be offered in the UBC multi-purpose room. This is a great opportunity for athletes from different groups to get to know one another better, and for the younger athletes to train alongside and mingle with some of Canada's best endurance runners, while sharing some holiday cheer!
See you on Saturday, December 15th!
Six Thunderbird JD athletes were recognized for their achievements over the 2018 track season at this past weekends JD Awards Banquet in Richmond; the most in club history!
Maya Baechler, Clarence Cheung, Luc Primeau, Maclean Carlson, Griffen Cole and Gabby Barton each achieved their JD Award Standard in one or more events. The standards, based on the performances of the top athletes in the province in each age group over time are extremely hard to achieve, such that only 65 athletes in BC achieved those standards in 2018. This is testament to their hard work and talent at this point in their track careers.
Congratulations to all, everyone at the club is very proud of you!
Full details on award qualification and descriptions can be found HERE
The Vancouver Thunderbirds’ evident dedication to fall training paid off last weekend, capturing their third consecutive provincial team title. Over forty Thunderbird athletes competed at the 2018 Provincial Championships, hosted by BC Athletics on October 27th at Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford.
Leading the way for Thunderbirds, was 2016 Olympian, Luc Bruchet who covered the 8km course in 22:03 to win the Senior Men’s race. This was Luc’s fourth provincial senior title to date. When asked about his race, Luc explained Saturday as “a good hard effort to test the legs prior to Nationals in Kingston. It’s always good to test the fitness against the Province’s best, and see how the fall training has come along.” Luc will now move on to represent Team BC at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ontario on November 24th where he hopes to defend his National title from 2017, and earn a spot on Athletics Canada’s World XC Team.
Luc will be joined on Team BC by Thunderbird/UBC varsity athlete, John Gay who placed third (22:39), and BC Endurance teammate Theo Hunt, who was sixth in 22:42. UBC Varsity/Thunderbird athlete Tyler Dozzi placed 12th overall, and first amongst the Junior Men. He will also represent Team BC in Kingston. Christopher Taylor crossed in 23rd and 18 year old Callum Campbell was 63rd overall.
On the Senior Women’s side, the individual title went to 2016 Olympian, Natasha Wodak, who dominated the field, winning in 25:20. Top Thunderbird performers included Natalia Hawthorn, 7th (26:20); Sandra Kilmartin, 13th (27:00); Kirstin Lee, 15th (27:04); and Robyn Mildren, 17th (27:14). Mildren raced to a half marathon personal best just one week prior in Victoria, running 75:00 to cover the 21.6km course, and place second overall.
From our Intermediate Endurance squad, head coach Cindy Crowther noted a wide range of incredible performances:
“In the Midget girl’s race, Alexandra Campbell made a bold move heading into the second loop and took the lead. She felt the field was too bunched and decided to try to string it out,” explained Crowther. Campbell ended up 8th in the 3km course, clocking 11:06. Campbell was followed closely by teammates Nanette-Novak Flotz, 12th (11:23); Skye Higgins, 14th (11:27), and Lucille Shaw, 32nd (13:10).
On the Midget Boys side, Paul Van Raamsdonk placed 10th in 10:07. “Paul got himself into a good position from the start, and in usual Paul fashion bettered his position as the race progressed. He is a true distance runner, the further the better!” said Crowther. Teammate Reynaldo Miay also ran well, placing 31st (11:21).
The Youth Girls 4km saw Emily MacGowan as the top Thunderbird athlete, closing many gaps and finishing strong over the final kilometre to place 20th overall (14:44). MacGowan was followed by teammate Taylor Williams, 36th (17:10), and new Thunderbird athlete Olivia Uliana, 38th (18:29).
On the Youth Men’s side, Thunderbird Quinton Braziller closed out a fantastic final 600m, to place 27th in the 5km race (15:45).
Thunderbirds Junior Development runners finished the day retaining their team title by amassing a score of 42 points, outscoring Langley Mustangs and Ocean Athletics who scored 19 and 15 respectively. In doing so the JD’s extended their winning streak to three years. This was accomplished by every runner achieving their goal of getting to the finish line, knowing that they had done all that they could on the day to get their individual best performance. In some cases this resulted in a top six finish, beating someone they had not previously, or just pushing themselves harder than before. All should be commended.
The Hawkey twins: Francesco and Gianluca, took 1st and 3rd; a great result and a testament to the work they have put in over the past months. Not to be outdone, the girls: Laerke Petersen, Alice Barton, Emily Lints, and Macey Pearce packed in 7th, 9th, 13th and 14th respectfully.
Among the 10 year old boys, Harris Boomer, Roman Simmons, Elijah Clarke, Keenan Griffiths, and Szilard Puddiford dominated their event going 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 8th, with Taylor Dewitt earning valuable team points finishing 5th in the girls race.
Luc Primeau had his best race of the season finishing 2nd in the 11 year old boys race, followed closely by Miller Dabbs (5th), Griffin Cole (10th), Thomas Gibson (18th) and newbie, Camron Haime (22nd). For the 11 year old girls, Chloe Symon, Kate Logan, Gabby Barton, Emily Soobrian, and Willa-Marie Kriebel again rocked the competition packing in 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 16th places.
In the very competitive 12 year old races, Kai Martland picked up 7th place, ahead of teammates Toby Ford (15th) and Liam Dawes-Forster (18th), with Libby Dabbs taking 2nd followed by Nyla Tukker (6th) and Anna Kruk (9th) on the girl’s side.
In her final race as a JD, Maya Baechler toughed it out to finish second to lead the team-mates, Lauren Soobrian (5th) and Eva Kriebel (7th) home. In the equally tough boys race Brayden Horlock and Justin Verbanic both ran well to finish 8th and 11th respectively.
Overall, Vancouver Thunderbirds had an outstanding showing at the Provincial Championships. The JD athletes will now take a short break before commencing for indoor/winter training, while a number of our Junior and Senior athletes will look ahead to the Canadian Championships in Kingston, Ontario.
Another great weekend of racing for the TBIRDS at North Vancouver’s Cates Park with our young runners taking one 1st place, 4 second places and 5 third place finishes and numerous more top 8 finishes.
In the girls 9 year old race Alice Barton and Laerke Peterson ran a close race to finish 4th and 5th respectively over the 1.5k course, with Macey Pearce, not far behind times wise in 18th spot.
Taylor Dewitt grabbed second spot in the Girls 10 race with Faryn Murray-Rutley following her home in ninth place.
The Girl’s 11 year old race featured nine TBIRDS with Chloe Symon leading the team home in 2nd, followed by Gabbi Barton (3rd), Kate Logan (4th), Ruby Forsyth (7th, Emily Soobrian (10th), Aida Ewing(22nd), Claire Kaweski (23rd), Hazel Prentice (25th) and Ashlyn Ho (26th)
Nyla Tukker had a strong showing to finish 3rd in the Girls 12 race, with Anna Kruk close behind in 4th, Libby Dabbs (5th) and Charlotte Ho (14th).
Maya Baechler also claimed third spot in the thirteen year old race, with Lauren Soobrian (4th) and Ella Kaweski (10th) also running well. Alexandra Campbell and Skye Higgins claiming 3rd and 4th spots in the 14/15 category.
For the boys, Pierce Simmons took second in the 9 year old race and the 10 year old race saw an almost complete sweep by TBirds: Harris Boomer, Elijah Clarke, Szilard Puddiford, Keenan Griffiths and Roman Simmons taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th.
Miller Dabbs and Griffin Cole duked it out to finished 3rd and 4th in the 11 year old race, and Kai Martland picked up 4th place in the 12 year old boys event; Liam Dawes- Forster placed 15th. Finally, Justin Verbanic and Brayden Horlock took 7th and 9th in the 13 year old race.
For a complete list of results, please visit: https://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2018-frank-reynolds-memorial-xc/7095/
Next up is BC Cross Country Provincial Championships in Abbotsford, BC where the Thunderbirds will look to re capture the overall club title!