Ultra marathoner Stacy Wallington is not letting something as simple as the cancellation of a race to stop him from running this weekend.
Every year Wallington, 38, enters the Great Lake Walk to Lake Cowichan with his mother Shirley Learmonth, 60, who flies out from Calgary.
But this year, due to low registration numbers, the race has been cancelled for the first time in a dozen years.
He was planning on running the race this year in honour of his father Stanley Wallington, who died last month at age 68.
Stacy is still going to run, instead he has shifted locations to Westwood Lake on Saturday and is encouraging others to join him - hoping for a turnout of 15-20 local long distance runners.
He is running with a secondary goal, as well, shooting for an unofficial record of at least 10 laps of the lake.
"I haven't heard of anybody doing over 10, there's nothing actually registered," he said.
The most Wallington has ever run is seven-and-a-half circuits, which he did last year, while the closes he can find to a current record is the eight run by fellow local marathoner Jeremy Clegg.
Clegg is unconfirmed for the run, but Wallington is hoping to coax him out.
"He's pretty much out of my league, he's an elite runner," said Wallington. "He knows what I'm doing this weekend, so if I do 10 laps or 11 laps, I can guarantee that he's going to want to do 12 laps."
Not everyone who comes out has to run 10 laps. Wallington says some are only going to run the six kilometre trail thee or four times, while others are just walking it, like his mother and seven-month-pregnant wife Katy Wallington.
One person who is does plan to be keeping pace is Rob Sargeant, who had also planned on participating in the Great Lake Walk. He to is running with a cause, raising money for the Sick Kids Foundation, an organization that helped his nephew who was born with a heart defect.
For those who want to join in, they will be starting at 8 a.m.
VIU soccer hosts Kwantlen, Douglas The Vancouver Island University Mariners are hoping to build off of a strong Week 2 of the Pacific Western Athletic Association season.
This weekend they host the Kwantlen Eagles on Saturday and the Douglas Royals on Sunday.
The VIU women are coming off their first victory of the season, a 2-1 win over the Quest Kermodes this past Sunday, and a fourpoint weekend overall. They play at 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
The men also had a four-point weekend, but are coming off a frustrating 1-1 tie with the Kermodes.
They play at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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