Dan Cumming was a passionate advocate of age-grading as a way of identifying the best overall performance in a race, regardless of age or gender. It was therefore appropriate for the Pacific Road Runners to remember his contributions to the First Half, and to the local running community, by presenting a perpetual trophy honouring his name to the top age-graded performer at the First Half.

A simple off-the-shelf cup seemed inadequate to Dan’s memory, so Dan’s family was asked for suggestions for a more symbolic trophy. The result is a casting of one of Dan’s running shoes.

The aluminium cast was created by Desneige Meyer of Memory Castings. The solid base was created by Mike Bjelos from wood recovered from Stanley Park following the 2006 windstorm, that caused a re-routing of the First Half course in 2007, Dan’s first year as race director. Built into the rear of the base is a drawer revealing a plaque that relates Dan’s story.

This trophy will now be awarded annually during the First Half award ceremony. The first name on the Dan Cumming Memorial trophy is Marilyn Arsenault, who clocked a 1:20:57 in February 2019 at age 51.


All Time Top 20 – Age Graded:

  Athlete Time Age % Age Time Year     Athlete Time Age % Age Time Year
1

MARK BENNETT 01:13:48 91.46 01:03:50 2015   1 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:56:47 95.96 01:07:57 2006
2

KEVIN O’CONNOR 01:10:10 91.27 01:03:58 2016   2 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:38:49 95.58 01:08:13 1996
3

MARK BENNETT 01:13:32 90.97 01:04:11 2014   3 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 02:07:07 94.97 01:08:39 2009
4

DYLAN WYKES 01:04:21 90.73 01:04:21 2012   4 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:46:09 93.23 01:09:56 1999
5

DYLAN WYKES 01:04:39 90.31 01:04:39 2011   5 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:44:34 93.16 01:09:59 1998
6

RYAN HAYDEN 01:04:44 90.19 01:04:44 2007   6 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:53:58 92.75 01:10:18 2003
7

BRUCE DEACON 01:04:45 90.17 01:04:45 1992   7 ELIZABETH WAYWELL 01:31:02 92.5 01:10:29 2018
8

ART BOILEAU 01:04:59 90.09 01:04:48 1992   8 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:44:07 92.12 01:10:47 1997
9

KEVIN O’CONNOR 01:08:47 90.03 01:04:51 2012   9 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:39:35 92.05 01:10:50 1994
10

HERB PHILLIPS 01:23:19 89.91 01:04:56 2006   10 GWEN MCFARLAN 01:53:03 91.94 01:10:55 2009
11

PHIL ELLIS 01:04:59 89.84 01:04:59 1997   11 Marilyn Arsenault 01:20:57 91.6 01:11:11 2019
12

HERB PHILLIPS 01:26:06 89.68 01:05:06 2009   12 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:51:41 91.53 01:11:14 2001
13

MARK BENNETT 01:14:02 89.55 01:05:12 2013   13 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 02:43:30 91.46 01:11:17 2015
14

CAREY NELSON 01:05:13 89.54 01:05:12 1996   14 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 02:05:53 91.07 01:11:35 2007
15

JIM FINLAYSON 01:07:03 89.54 01:05:12 2013   15 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 01:50:46 90.8 01:11:49 2000
16

CAREY NELSON 01:05:20 89.46 01:05:16 1997   16 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 02:21:44 90.48 01:12:03 2011
17

BRUCE DEACON 01:05:22 89.32 01:05:22 1996   17 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 02:27:01 90.23 01:12:16 2012
18

ERIC GILLIS 01:05:46 89.22 01:05:26 2016   18 RACHEL CLIFF 01:12:21 90.12 01:12:21 2018
19

MARK BENNETT 01:13:47 89.07 01:05:33 2012   19 BETTY JEAN MCHUGH 02:32:47 90.07 01:12:23 2013
20

ROB WATSON 01:05:38 88.95 01:05:38 2013   20 TINA CONNELLY 01:12:47 89.98 01:12:28 2004

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