Spectacular scenery, awe-inspiring mountains, and a beautiful coastline are just three of the vast qualities you could use when describing the west coast and Vancouver Island. It would take a novel to describe all of the wonderful things that draw people to live here and visit over and over again. Coming up October 12th, 2014 is one event that attracts the masses to this area and that is the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon. This race attracts runners and walkers from all over Canada and the United States. In fact, 2013 saw over 11,000 registrants! This is one event you do not want to miss—whether you are a seasoned runner, just starting out or love to walk, there is something going on that you can be a part of. The weekend involves features four different races: the Marathon, the Half Marathon, 8K Road Race, and the Thrifty Foods Kids Run.
Kick off the weekend at the Press Conference on Friday. You will have the chance to meet elite athletes, race sponsors and charities that are involved—it will be a great way to start the weekend. The pre-race expo will also be open both Friday and Saturday at which over 40 exhibitors will be offering souvenirs, special merchandise, running gear and apparel, and a ton of nutritional and fitness products and samples. Make time to stroll through when you pick up your race package. There will also be a designated area for a first-come, first-serve massage if you need some pampering before hitting the road.
In addition to all of this, there will also be a fantastic speaker series held at the Victoria Conference Centre. Speakers, coaches, runners, marathoners, and researches will be sharing their expertise and experiences. A fantastic Carbo Gala Dinner will be taking place at the Fairmont Empress Hotel on Saturday night—you won’t want to miss this amazing pre-race buffet dinner.
Visit the event website for further details and make it a weekend to remember here on Vancouver Island by staying at The Prancing Horse Retreat. We are a bed and breakfast located at the top of Malahat Mountain and our luxurious, relaxing suites will help you feel pampered and refreshed—the perfect combination with a race weekend. Call us today at (250) 743-9378 for reservation information.