Runners take off at the start of the annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Before starting the race

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Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen got to “start the race” again as nearly 8,500 people took part in the 37th GoodLife Victoria Marathon

Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen got to “start the race” again as nearly 8,500 people took part in the 37th GoodLife Victoria Marathon races on Oct. 9.

The event features a marathon, half-marathon, eight-kilometre race and a kids’ run.

Daniel Kipkoech of Lethbridge topped the marathon this year with an official time of 2:20.03.

Abel Kirui won the men’s race, with an official time of 02:11:23. Sabrina Wilkie won the women’s race with an official time of 2:45:54.

Jensen started the racers after a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, featuring a sign, that “Oak Bay” be added to the title as much of the race tours through our streets.

He suggested it might be a good avenue for organizers to explore for its 40th anniversary.

Online registration is open for the 2017 run at runvictoriamarathon.com.