2019 Road & XC Races to Mark in Your Calendar!

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

National Championships

-        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 bobreid04@gmail.comwith 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! 

More information can be found here. To register for the camp click here, deadline January 13.


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

Thunderbirds Claim Third Consecutive BC Provincial Club Title.

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.

Luc Bruchet wins the Senior Men’s 8km race at the 2018 Provincial Cross Country Championships in Clearbrook Park, Abotsford.

Luc Bruchet wins the Senior Men’s 8km race at the 2018 Provincial Cross Country Championships in Clearbrook Park, Abotsford.

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).

Thunderbird Intermediate Endurance Athletes: Olivia Uliana, Emily MacGowan, and Taylor Williams.

Thunderbird Intermediate Endurance Athletes: Olivia Uliana, Emily MacGowan, and Taylor Williams.

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.


Frank Reynold Memorial Cross Country Results

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!

Six JD Thunderbirds to receive awards at BC Athletics Banquet

Vancouver Thunderbirds will be honoured by six athletes (the most ever in club history) at the 2018 BC Athletics Junior Development Banquet. A huge congratulations in advance to Maya Baechler, Clarence Cheung, Gabby Barton, Griffin Cole, Maclean Carlson, and Luc Primeau.

2005 Girls:

  • BAECHLER, Maya TBIR Distance 800 (2min 19.48sec), 1200 (3min 40.57sec), 2000 (6min 38.14sec)

2005 Boys:

  • CHEUNG, Clarence TBIR Jumps LJ (5.32m), TJ (11.14m)

2007 Girls:

  • BARTON, Gabriella TBIR Distance 1000 (3min 21.51sec)

2007 Boys:

  • CARLSON, Maclean TBIR Jumps, Combined Events HJ (1.46m), LJ (4.29m), OPENT (2255pts)

  • COLE, Griffin TBIR Jumps, Throws HJ (1.40m), JT (33.72m)

  • PRIMEAU, Luc TBIR Distance, Combined Events 600 (1min 45.87sec), OPENT (2143pts)

For a full list of award recipients, please visit: www.bcathletics.org/junior%20development

Congratulations Thunderbird athletes and coaches!!

Another successful weekend for Thunderbird Cross Country Teams!

Thunderbirds had a strong showing at the Festival of Cross-Country in White Rock on Saturday, September 30th.

Francesco and Gianluca Hawkey showed that they are getting stronger and rounding into form, taking first and second respectively in the 9 year old boys race. Laerke Peterson, Makenna Griffiths, and Macey Pearce finished 12th , 13th and 14thin the girl’s race, a good first step and good packing.

In the boy’s 10 year old race, Elijah Clarke, Harris Boomer and Keenan Griffiths took 1st, 2nd and 4th places, with Roman Simmonds in 6th. Taylor Dewitt finished a strong 7th in the girls event.

In the 11 year old girl’s race Chloe Symon almost took top spot losing out by a tenth of a second, with Gabby Barton, Kate Logan and Ruby Forsyth following her home closely and packing well as a team in 3rd, 4th and 7th. T Emily Soobrian, making strides with each workout and race finished in 15th. For the boys, Miller Dabbs, improving with each race, finished 3rd just 9 seconds back from the winner.

Thunderbirds again showed good depth in the 12 year old’s race with Libby Dabbs, Nyla Tukker, and Anna Kruk finishing 4th, 5th and 6th. Kai Martland finished 5th in the boys race.

In the Girl’s 13 year old race, Lauren Soobrian had her best race yet as a TBird finishing second. The 14 year old race saw Nanette Novak-Klotz, Alex Campbell, and Skye Higgins all finish within two and a half seconds to take 4th, 5th and 6th.

Full results can be found here: http://www.oceanathletics.org/ 

With the long weekend coming up, we have a bye week with no races, but we will have a team workout at Swangard Stadium and noon; please try as best as possible to make it (perhaps plan on visiting Metro town after or to grab a bite to eat post workout.

-- Graeme Fell, Head JD Coach.