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.