The annual Cedar 12K was contested on Sunday, Feb. 12. and featured its largest field in a decade, and the sixth most in the race’s 31-year history, according to organizers.
The third of the eight-race Vancouver Island Race Series, this one hosted by the Nanaimo-based Bastion Run Club, featured an out-and-back course along rural country roads and dotted with tranquil farm field views.
All told, there were 432 racers, and 30 of those athletes belonged to the Ceevacs Road Runners running club based in Cowichan.
Two-thirds, or 19, of the Ceevacs racers finished in the top 10 of their age groups.
Zoe Legear was the first Road Runner to cross the finish line, placing 42nd of the 432 racers while Amy Brooks was just 20 seconds behind to place 47th overall.
Placing second in their respective age groups were Gary Vermette (1:01:21, M75-79), Teresa Lewis-Schneider (55:20, F55-59), and Brooks (50:05, F40-49).
Diana Persson (59:35, F55-59) and Legear (49:45, F35-39) both placed third in their divisions while Angela Maclean (56:19, F45-49) and Tanya Leech (57:28, F50-54) each placed fourth in their categories.
Three athletes were fifth in their groupings. They included: David Dear (1:07:07, M75-79), Branda Niziol (1:05:32, F65-69), and Trish Laliberte (58:00, F45-49).
Suzanne Erickson was the lone Ceevacs runner who placed sixth in their division, with a time of 1:02:10 in the F60-64 division. The result placed her 213th overall.
Seventh place finishers included: Art MacKinnon, Nick Versteeg, Gretchen Hartley, Rob Grant, Ben Marrs, and Richard Light, while Janis German placed eighth in her group and Richard Dalby placed ninth.
Other Ceevacs racers included: Richard Dalby, Belinda Kissack, Lauren Reimer, Brian Zimmerman, Linda Zimmerman, Jocelyn Larose Ferguson, Janele Dale, Danna Lyngard, Jane Mcdonald, Cherie Hop Wo, Peter Dale and Sylvia Bernat.
Through three races, the Ceevacs Road Runners are currently second behind the Prairie Inn Harriers in the VIRA Cup team competition.
Up next in the Vancouver Island Race Series is the Westcoast Sooke 10K on Feb. 26.