Vikes duo win Sidney’s Bazan Bay 5k race

Field of 500 runners set quick pace at annual Island Series race in Sidney on March 5.

UVic runner Joshua Kozelj crosses the finish line first overall

Sidney’s Lucy Smith set a record in the women’s 50-54 age group in the Sunday, March 5 Bazan Bay 5K race.

Smith was one of five age-group category record setters in the Sidney event that saw a wet snowfall prior to the start and a light drizzle accompanied by cold temperatures.

The overall race winners was Joshua Kozelj of the University of Victoria in a time of 15 minutes, 17 seconds. He was followed closely by teammate Cody Therrien (15:36).

Alison Hooper won the women’s race in a time of 17:01, followed by last year’s Island Race Series winner Jen Millar (17:34).

The other age-group record-setters were Fay Amos in the W65-69 (23:51), Maree Kennell in the W75-79 (29:10), John Woodall in the M85-89 (29:22), and breaking his own record by two minutes, John Silvester in the M90-99 (57:12).

With Silvester participating, there was a 90 year age spread — with the youngest just four years of age.

An estimated 700 people had registered for the race, while only around 500 turned out.

For full race results and for the upcoming event in the Island Series, visit islandseries.org.

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