Congratulations to everyone who raced today, you have officially completed your #Octoberfast race for the year, and now you can relax!
As promised, the downhill course was further aided by a friendly south-west wind, and the rain even held off to give us almost perfect racing conditions (minus a bit of humidity, which we could have done without!).
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to guess that hundreds of runners set PBs today. That’s what you get when you run a downhill course with a tailwind!
Winner Adam Hortian finished in a blistering 14:57, becoming the first male Run Waterloo member to earn the fastest 5 km Achievement, for running sub-15. The women’s race was incredibly close, with Stephaney Hortian beating Gillian Willard by just one second! With six men finishing under 16:00, 28 athletes running faster than 18:00, and an amazing 64 athletes under 20:00, this was the deepest field Run Waterloo has hosted in many years.
The 10 km race was also hotly contested. Dinesh Moro won comfortably in a time of 35:12, but Connor Hammond and Kyle Bociort duelled to the very end, with Connor emerging the victor in a photo finish! Erin Fox was the top woman and fifth overall.
Three records fell today, thanks to the fast course, but even faster runners:
- Lynn Dempsey set a new masters female record in the 5 km, running 18:12. This is the fastest ever masters female 5 km time, across eighty 5 km races since 1997, which breaks a 13-year old record.
- Fastisfun.ca (Team 2) bested their own Open team record for the 5 km, averaging 15:54 for their top 5 runners, 13 seconds per runner faster than 2016.
- PRDG set a new school team record in the 10 km, averaging 42:32 for their top 3 runners!
Battle of Waterloo V
Today also marked the conclusion of Battle of Waterloo V, which combined runner’s times from the Waterloo 10 km Classic and the Fall 5 km Classic. Congratulations to winners Robert Brouillette and Gillian Willard! Stay tuned for next year’s Battle!
Photo and Video
Finish line video is up and available directly in the results.