Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Well......... my daughter & I took $56.90 to the Salvation Army as well as 4 big bags of nonperishable food. So I would say the 1st Annual Solstice Marathon was a success!! Thank you to all who turned up & ran or volunteered or cheered! Hope to see you all next year! Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


RESULTS! Success!! FUN!!!

A good running day - cloudy & chilly but no rain & the wind did let up. The runners were happy to participate in this 1st Annual event - we raised over $50 for the Nanaimo food bank as well as a bunch of canned goods. Thanks to S
heila for her lovely gift bags for the marathon finishers, to Anne Heyes & Neil Gallagher for all their help & a shout out to Nanaimo Running Room for the draw prizes!

Marathon Results

Anne Heyes - DNF

Neil Gallagher - DNF (35 m 6 km)
Sheila Dawe - 5:05
Rick Cooney- 4:15
Peter Wong - 5:28
Thanks to all f
or coming out & making this a nice festival & friendly day! Hope to see you next year for Nanaimo's ONLY marathon!!

Rick Cooney - smiling @ the fabulous finish line festivities!! (note engraved medal, very classy)

Peter Wong & Sheila Dawe @ the finish line!

Congrats to all participants!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Winter Solstice Marathon!

The 1st Annual Winter Solstice Westwood Lake Marathon

Monday December 21, 2009
8 am registration - meet @ 1st parking lot
9am start

walkers & runners welcome
no time limit (but may run out of volunteers)


An Aid Station! (Which will be playing the part of aid station #1 @ the 6km mark, aid station #2 @ the 16 km mark, #3 @ the 26 km mark, #4 @ the 36 km mark & finally as the finishing line festivities super station!!

This is a fun run to fulfill a need for Vancouver Island Maniac races. Be prepared to look after yourself - I will try to get timing - but might not.

Come see if I make medals!

The route will be a combination of loops(TBA) around beautiful Westwood Lake in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. It is a mostly flat 6km loop (with one pretty nasty hill) & the route will most likely consist of 2 times around completely & 3 times to the 5 km marker & back. There is a washroom! The trail is open to walkers, bikers & runners - so be prepared.
It is mostly wooded & groomed. Weather Permitting - this is the best place we think we can have a safe run in the area @ this time of year.


$5 & a couple of non-perishable food items ( $ to cover costs of fancy aid station, all left over $ will go to food bank)

email intention to run to:


include Westwood Marathon in subject line
please include: name, age, gender, email address & anticipated run time in email

payment will be taken day of race

Sheila Dawe - 42.2
Peter Wong - 42.2
Rick Cooney - 42.2
Anne Heyes - 42.2
Neil Gallagher - 42.2


Due to general craziness on the part of the race director & friends the Westwood Lake Solstice Marathon has been extended to include a "run any distance you want" feature!!!

So - now included @ the 9am start time

1 -6 km loop!
2 - 16km distance!
3 - 22 km distance! (as close to a 1/2 as we can get without you stopping somewhere on the other side of the lake!)
4 - 26km distance!
5 - 36 km distance!
& of course the ORIGINAL 42.2 km distance!

So bring a couple of cans - something for the aid station if you want & come on down for a fun winter run

Update - Dec 19

Just ran the loop - all is well - the event is a go!

Supposed to be a good weather break - so looking forward to seeing those of you who are coming on out to run this ultra casual marathon! See you Monday!