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Runners brave wind, cold for Bazan Bay 5K near Sidney

455 hardy souls compete in final event of season in Vancouver Island Race Series

More than 450 runners from across Western Canada braved rain and below-seasonal temperatures on April 10 to compete in the Bazan Bay 5K, the last event on the Vancouver Island Race Series.

Matthew Travaglini of Calgary, however, heated up the pavement as he completed the nearly flat course out and back along Lochside Drive in a winning time of 14 minutes, 36 seconds, nine seconds ahead of second-place finisher Aiden Longcroft-Harris from Victoria.

The top-finishing woman was Calgary’s Courtney Brohart in 17:03, one second ahead of Victoria’s Jen Millar. The top finishing Saanich Peninsula runner was Andrew Russell of the Prairie Inn Harriers, who finished fifth overall and first in the men’s 40 to 44 age division with a time of 15:11.

Aaron Holmgren of the Peninsula Track and Field Club crossed the line eighth overall and second in the men’s 40 to 44 with a time of 15:41.

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For complete race results, see here.

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Wolf Depner

About the Author: Wolf Depner

I joined the national team with Black Press Media in 2023 from the Peninsula News Review, where I had reported on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula since 2019.
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