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Loon Lake Race, October 8, Powell River

A gorgeous crisp sunny day with morning mist on the lake greeted participants in the 22nd annual Loon Lake Race. Despite confirmation of this year's event happening quite last-minute, 40 runners and walkers came out to support Special Olympics Powell River. Over $1100 in pledges was collected in 2 short weeks! Winners of the 13k Run were Byron Fader of Powell River and Katie Cochran of Vancouver; the 7k was won by Chase Wilson and Brooklyn Vanderkemp, both of Powell River. Full results can be found here.

Halfmoon Bay Volunteer Fire Department 10k, October 1

Another damp cloudy morning giving way to bright sunshine — perfect conditions for a 10k race. Up from last year's participation numbers, 56 runners and 3 walkers made the trek from Fire Hall 2 to Fire Hall 1 in Welcome Woods and along Redrooffs, with the infamous hill past Cooper's Green challenging everyone in the final km. Nigel Young from Langley was in a class all his own, finishing first overall in 41:35. Halfmoon Bay's Teresa Nightingale was 3rd overall and first female in 46:39. Full results can be found here.


PaceSetter 5-Dollar 5K Series Summer 2017 Event #5, September 10, Gibsons

We were lucky with the weather once again, with a cool cloudy morning giving way to sunshine. Thirty-one participants came out to test their speed and many ran their fastest yet in the series! Full results can be found here.

Run the Rock Marathon, Half & 8k, August 27, Gillies Bay, Texada Isl.

The seventh annual Run the Rock was held under sunny skies with a light breeze. It was fairly warm to begin with, but after 10:30 it got really hot for the 8k-ers and final finishers in the longer distances. Larry and Teresa treated the half as a training run but managed to place 2nd and 4th overall, winning the masters categories. PaceSetter Club members Mathew Wilson and Roberta Sim did the half and 8k, respectively, their first time at Run the Rock, and both placed top 3 in their divisions. Full results can be found here.

PaceSetter 5-Dollar 5K Series Summer 2017 Event #4, August 20, Gibsons

A perfect morning for a run, partly cloudy and cool, with the sun warming things up afterward. A small but enthusiastic group came out to challenge themselves over 5k. Full results can be found here.

Next Series event, #5 (last one), will be September 10 at Persephone Brewing. 10am start. See PaceSetter Athletic for details and registration. See you there!

Four Lakes 10k & 3k, August 13, Garden Bay

The first rain in ages cleaned up the air and kept the temperature cool, ideal for racing! First to complete the 10k were Shaun Stephens-Whale and Kimberley Doerksen. Full results can be found here.

PaceSetter 5-Dollar 5K Series Summer 2017 Event #3, August 6, Halfmoon Bay

The sunshine was brighter (smoke was thinner) but the temperature stayed reasonable. On this long weekend we weren't sure how many runners would be around, so eighteen was a good turnout! Fastest male was Findlay Day in 19:12, and his mum Meghan Day (a former Creeker now living in Victoria) was fastest female in 27:21. Full results can be found here.

Next Series event, #4, will be August 20 at PaceSetter Athletic. 10am start. See FaceBook for details and registration. See you there!

Sea Cavalcade Mile, July 29, Gibsons

Registration numbers jumped WAY up this year for an all-time high of 170 registrants (161 finishers)! Last year was 93 and the previous biggest total was 130, in 2015. Jordan Wilson defended his 2016 title in exactly the same time (4:40), winning by just 1 second. On the women's side, Fainne Martin, in the 40-49 age group, was the fastest in 5:58. Full results here.

PaceSetter 5-Dollar 5K Series Summer 2017 Event #2, July 23, Gibsons

Great turnout with 42 entrants of all ages and speeds! Some clouds and one or two drops of rain kept everyone cool until mid-race when the sun broke through and it was summer again. Fastest finishers were Theo Kontekakis in 24:42, followed by Dan Brackett in 26:23, and first female Cari Miller in 26:45. Third male was Andrew Duval in 26:48; second and third females were Kelly and Morgan Pollock in 27:59 and 28:21, respectively. Full results can be found here.

Next Series event, #3, will be August 6 at Connor Park in Halfmoon Bay. 10am start. See FaceBook for details and registration. See you there!

PaceSetter 5-Dollar 5K Series Summer 2017 Event #1, July 16, Gibsons

A small but dedicated group came out to start the 2017 series. First across the line was Puddle Jumper Classic race director Mike Meggatio in 23:29, followed by Tamas Mihalyi in 27:00 and Dan Brackett in 28:08. Top 3 women were Krisztina Harasztosi in 28:59, Nadine Slingerland in 29:53 and Tracy Aiken in 29:54. Full results can be found here.

Next Series event, #2, will be July 23 at Persephone Brewing in Gibsons, with a 10am start. See FaceBook for details and registration. See you there!

May Day Family Fun Run, May 20, Madeira Park

Nicely updated course utilizing a brand new trail around the far end of the lagoon. New distance is longer than the old 3.9k by a few hundred metres. A great turnout with 30 finishers this year. Fastest male was Chris Fitzgibbon in 13:52; fastest female and 2nd overall was Teresa Nightingale in 18:33. View all results here

BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run, April 2, Gibsons

Our largest ever with 651 registrants! Beautiful sunny day (rare this year) and many happy runners and walkers. Full race report and results at

BMO St Patrick's Day 5k, March 18, Vancouver

This not to be missed themed event was as fun as ever, with the majority of participants wearing costumes or at least a lot of green! Rain held off and the sun even came out at the end.

Club Results:
21:47 Teresa Nightingale 4th F50-54
35:28 Elizabeth Boghean 42nd F50-54

PaceSetter 5-Dollar 5k Finale, January 8, Gibsons

Final event in the 5-Dollar 5K series. Distance: 5 km. Thanks to everyone who came out! Thanks to Barry Barone for the yummy home-made goodies, and Johny Ellis for being a course marshal!

Winner of the Grand Prize $200 PaceSetter Gift Certificate, drawn among those who did 4 or more of the series events, was Tracy Aiken of Gibsons! Tracy did all 6 Series events (including the Holiday Hustle), got faster each race but one (and it was close), and was also the first female finisher in today's 5k!

Full Results:
Pl   Time  Bib  First Name Last Name   M/F  City
 1  21:15  261  Mike       Meggiato     M   Gibsons
 2  23:34  266  Barry      Barone       M   Gibsons
 3  25:57  274  Tamas      Mihalyi      M   Gibsons
 4  26:33  272  Tracy      Aiken        F   Gibsons
 5  28:18  270  Roberta    Alcock       F   Gibsons
 6  30:36  268  Nadine     Slingerland  F   Roberts Creek
 7  31:07  269  Litze      Boghean      F   Gibsons
 8  31:29  254  Gregory    Dick         M   Gibsons
 9  31:31  257  Randi      Johnsen      F   Gibsons
10  33:49  262  Anne       Nikodem      F   Halfmoon Bay
11  36:08  267  MJ         Leitner      F   Gibsons
12  36:28  265  Debra      MacWilliam   F   Sechelt
13  43:14  253  Angel      Dalziel      F   Roberts Creek
14  43:14  271  Rachel     Griffiths    F   Roberts Creek
*4k 31:00  273  Emma       Taylor       F   Sechelt
*4k 31:05  263  Kat        Roussos      F   Sechelt