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NEW YORK – Kenya's Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany
won titles at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, with
both pulling away in the final mile.
Kipsang was the world-record holder until five weeks
ago, when occasional training partner Dennis Kimetto broke
the mark in Berlin. With a windy morning slowing the pace
Sunday, Kipsang showed he can win a strategic race, too.
"I had to exercise a lot of patience," he said.
Keitany redeemed herself from failed tactics at her last
NYC Marathon. In 2011, she surged ahead to a huge early
lead only to be caught and settle for her second straight
third-place finish. "I worked hard for this opportunity,"
she said. "I'm happy because I have a victory today,
because I know I've been coming to New York two times,
and I was in that position. So I'm happy today because
it was a good day and I win."
Kipsang finished in 2:10:55 -- more 7 1/2 minutes off
his former record. He has now won titles in Berlin, London
and New York in just over 13 months and clinched the $500,000
World Marathon Majors bonus.
Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa was second, 11 seconds back,
and 2010 champ Gebre Gebremariam third. Boston Marathon
champ Meb Keflezighi of the United States was fourth.
Two-time defending champion Geoffrey Mutai settled for
Sunday was Keitany's first marathon since 2012 after
taking time off because of the birth of her second child.
Fellow countrywoman Jemima Sumgong appeared to be pulling
away with just over a mile left, but Keitany had one last
burst left and passed her with about 800 meters remaining.Keitany
won in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 7 seconds -- 3 seconds ahead
of Sumgong, matching the closest finish in the history
of the women's race.
Portugal's Sara Moreira was third in her marathon debut.
Sumgong is still seeking her first major marathon title.
She was also second in Boston in 2012 and in Chicago in
Sumgong was making her NYC Marathon debut, a late entry
after defending champion and training partner Priscah
Jeptoo withdrew because of a leg injury.
Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia was ninth after
finishing as the runner-up at the last two NYC Marathons.
She was seeking to become the first New Yorker to win
the race in 40 years.
Road2Hope marathon draws 5,000 runners
Participants encouraged to wear poppies to honour fallen
By Sunnie Huang, CBC News Posted: Nov 02, 2014 3:08 PM ET
Last Updated: Nov 02, 2014 3:50 PM ET
Alexandre Boule completed the
Road2Hope full marathon on Sunday in 2:41:44, a stunning
first-place finish in his age group and third place
overall. But his race didn't stop at the finish line.
After pacing around with
a gold ring in his hand, the runner from Quebec City
proposed to his girlfriend Marie-Claude Brassard, who
crossed the finish line 20 minutes later. Sunday's
race in Hamilton is Boule's fourth full marathon, but
it was Brassard's first."I
feel like it's a good moment," Boule said. The
two have been dating for two years.
Billed as the No. 1 qualifier
for the Boston Marathon, Road2Hope drew 5,000 runners
to Hamilton this year, according to organizers. The
two-day event is now in its eighth year. Participants
this year were also encouraged to wear poppies to honour
the two Canadian soldiers killed in last month's attacks.
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo,
a Hamilton native, was fatally shot by a gunman while
guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Oct. 22.
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent died after a targeted
hit-and-run in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., on Oct. 20.
While runners in the 1K, 5K and
10K races on Saturday braved gusty winds and the city's
first snow of the season, Sunday's half marathon and
full marathon races took place under clear, sunny skies.
The half marathon was briefly
stopped after a man collapsed near the finish line.
Runners were detoured to make room for the ambulance
and the paramedics.
Starting at ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Park in Stoney Creek, the marathon takes runners through
the back country roads of Hamilton and the edge of the
escarpment for the first 15 kilometres. Runners then
get on the Red Hill Valley Parkway for a scenic downhill
coast before turning onto Beach Boulevard and heading
toward Burlington. The last seven kilometres of the
race takes runners along the waterfront trail, which
leads to the finish line at Confederation Park.
For 24-year-old Taylor Kraayenbrink,
the first full marathoner to cross the finish line,
the downhill coast was the toughest part. "Those
are my slowest kilometres," said Kraayenbrink,
from Sarnia, Ont. "It was a three-man race to 36K
and I broke away at 36K and ran alone." Nonetheless,
he said he is still satisfied by the result: 2:31:11.
The avid runner has completed Road2Hope's 5K and 10K
races before, and he came back to Hamilton — where
he attended school — this year to complete the
full marathon. "I
love running in Hamilton. It's my second home,"
Proceeds of the
race will go to two local two charities, including Hamilton
City Kids, a youth advocacy group, and Joy and Hope of
Haiti, a volunteer group that helps raise funds to build
elementary schools in Haiti.
Remembering Richard Greidanus
Very sadly, along with the happiness
of the day, we also experienced a deep tragedy.
Richard Greidanus, our fellow runner and friend, died
on Sunday morning doing what he loved - running. He
was an avid runner with Runner's Den and an all around
great man. Richard will be sorely missed. We are deeply
saddened and sending our love, sympathy and prayers
to his family.
Road2Hope runner's death a tragedy,
likely unpreventable: doctor
Male racer who died near half-marathon finish line described
as an avid, fast runner
John Rieti, CBC News Posted: Nov 03, 2014
While running is good for the
heart, even elite runners can't completely eliminate the
risk of cardiac arrest a Hamilton heart doctor says. (Kathy
Hamilton’s running community is
in shock Monday after the death of an avid runner at yesterday’s
Road2Hope Marathon, but a McMaster heart doctor says running
can still be worth the risk.
The man was described by store staff at
the Runner’s Den as an avid, fast runner who had
previously qualified for the Boston Marathon. He was in
his mid-50s and just 10 metres from the half-marathon
finish line when he collapsed.
"All the runners here are so upset,"
said the Running Den’s Esther Pauls, who is also
one of the Road2Hope co-ordinators.
An emergency crew that included physicians, nurses, paramedics
and first aid responders immediately performed CPR on
the man, but he was pronounced dead in hospital. It’s
unclear what caused him to collapse, but in most marathon
deaths cardiac arrest — the deadly condition when
the heart stops beating — is to blame.
Dr. Robert McKelvie, a cardiologist with
Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster professor who specializes
in heart failure, physiology and exercise testing, said
it’s possible an underlying heart condition likely
caused the runner’s collapse.
"A lot of these guys that are avid
runners … may not have been as physically active
for their entire life," McKelvie said, noting disease
starts accumulating in the coronary arteries in your 20s.
"Most times with people in this age
group, it’s usually coronary disease that’s
McKelvie said it’s a good idea to
get checked out by a doctor before embarking on a running
But, the scary thing for runners, is that
these "occult" heart diseases, as McKelvie calls
them, don’t necessarily impair a runner’s
performance or even present symptoms. He recalls treating
an Around The Bay running race competitor who raced to
a fast time and then collapsed in his office two days
Overall, being physically fit reduces
the risk of heart disease. But it can’t stop tragedies
like Sunday from happening.
"There’s nothing in life that
brings things down to zero risk," McKelvie said.
Among runners and race organizers, the
risk of cardiac arrest is known but marathon deaths are
still shocking. At last year’s Road2Hope a runner
collapsed near the Confederation Park finish line, while
multiple runners have died over the years at major marathons
like Toronto, New York and Chicago.
The RACER study, a widely-cited 2012 report
in the New England Journal of Medicine, laid out perhaps
the best analysis of cardiac arrest in long-distance running
The study found there were 59 cases of
cardiac arrest (40 in the full marathon and 19 in half-marathons)
among the 10.9 million registrants in U.S. races from
2000-2010. That's one cardiac arrest per 184,000 racers.
Of those who suffered cardiac arrests, 42 died.
Men were far more likely to suffer cardiac
arrests than women, while the average age was 42-years-old.
The incidences of cardiac arrest, the
study found, spiked in the fourth quarter of the race.
The study also found that late into races fewer people
were able to survive a cardiac arrest.
According to Heart and Stoke Canada, there
are up to 40,000 cardiac arrests each year in Canada —
one every 12 minutes — most of which result in death.
More Participation + Close Contests
Some of the 2014 Fitness Challenge
The 2014 Sudbury Fitness Challenge is now officially in the
books. It was a very successful year for the series which
saw a significant increase to the depth of the fields in almost
every category. It is clear from the many tight races for
age group and overall titles that folks are beginning to pay
attention to the points and standings. More people than ever
before completed all 6 of the events in the series. Some of
them were chasing the points, others were using the events
as motivation to keep their fitness goals going all year long
and a few brave souls took it as an opportunity to expand
their comfort zones and try new activities altogether.
There is no doubt that the race for the overall women’s
title was the closest (and most closely watched) competition
this year. It started with a number of very strong contenders
vying for the title but by the time that the final event (The
Turkey Gobbler) rolled around it was evident that the field
had been whittled down to two. Amanda Kosmerly toed the start
line with a ridiculously slim 2 point lead over the defending
Ms. Fit Sudbury, Sara McIlraith. Sara was able to defend her
title for the 5th year in a row by running to a strong 2nd
place finish over the hilly, slippery 8km cross country course.
Her final point total for the year was 6967 points.
The men’s overall title was not quite as close as the
women’s but the depth was even greater with 4 men having
a crack at top spot. Todd Withers, Colin Ward and Kerry Abols
were all sitting within 200 points of the leader Buddy Green…..and
all four of them showed up to duke it out at the final event.
Once again, 2nd was good enough to win as Kerry Abols ran
his way to a strong 2nd place in the Turkey Gobbler and earned
enough points to claim the overall Mr. Fit Sudbury title.
Making his win even more impressive was the fact that Kerry
was not able to participate in the Island Swim this year and
so he only scored points in 5 of the 6 events.
There was no shortage of impressive performances
in the age group competitions this year either. The depth and
calibre of the age groupers was a sure sign that the Sudbury
Fitness Challenge is gaining momentum.
Emily Marcolini easily defended her 13-19 yrs Ms. Fit title
despite missing the Island swim due to a conflicting running
event. She finished 4th overall, just missing the 6000 point
mark. Julie Rathwell topped the 20-29yr category with consistently
strong finishes in all 6 events and Tamara Flannigan captured
the 30-39yr title. Tamara had been challenging Sara and Amanda
all year long for the overall top spot but the final running
event proved to be the Achilles heel of the swim star. She
ended up finishing a strong 3rd overall and became only the
3rd person in the modern era to crack the 6000 point barrier.
Special mention goes out to Laurel Myers. Laurel took up
the challenge to compete in all six of this year’s events
and to write about her experiences. She easily met her goal
despite having little or no previous competitive experience
in several of the disciplines. She approached all of the events
with a great attitude and personified the spirit that the
Fitness Challenge was designed to inspire. Laurel ending up
finishing 3rd in the women’s 30-39 yr category. We look
forward to seeing her out again next year.
The 40-49 women’s age group was a two woman battle
from start to finish as the top two overall women came out
of this group. It was great fun to watch these two fantastic
master’s athletes compete against each other while showing
all of the younger racers a thing or two about endurance sport.
They both smashed the 6000 point barrier. The support that
they showed each other and the athletes around them before,
during and after each of the events was something that we
can all learn from. Sara and Amanda both also played strong
roles behind the scenes at all of the events, helping organize
and promote(and baking for) all of the events in addition
to training and competing themselves.
The women’s 50-59 category was another hotly contested
battle. After missing the Sofie Manerin Loppet, Kelly Bowie
spent the rest of the year clawing her way up the rankings
to finally claim the title in the last event with a great
run at the Gobbler.
The husband and wife duo of Linda and Perry Kirkey once again
managed to take both 60-69yr categories from afar. This is
the second time that the Northbay couple has pulled this off.
Lois Luoma easily defended her 70+ Ms. Fit Sudbury title based
on her strong run finishes.
On the men’s side, Nathan Johnston traveled back from
U of Waterloo for the weekend just to put a stamp on his 13-19yr
Mr. Fit Sudbury title with a great run at the Turkey Gobbler.
Despite a rough day at the Gobbler event, Buddy Green was
still able to capture the 20-29 yr old category quite handily,
finishing 4th overall in the standings.
The 30-39 yr group was the one to watch this year with the
top two overall men and 4 of the top 10 men all coming out
of this group. Kerry Abols and Colin Ward, both high school
teachers and coaches, represented their schools well with
strong finishes all year long. Marc Nellis came from behind
to capture the perennially strong 40-49 title and Todd Withers
(the defending overall Mr. Fit Sudbury) finished off an injury
plagued year by easily winning the 50-59 category and finishing
a very close 3rd overall. Louis Moustgaard was the class of
the 70+ field, earning double the points of the 2nd place
athlete. He was also 32nd overall out of the 730 men who earned
points in the series this year.
One of the most exciting age groups this year, for many reasons,
was the 12 yr and Under group. This was the first time in
recent years that we have seen kids, in both genders, targeting
series points and coming out to participate in multiple events
to try and win the title. Philippe De La Riva came out on
top of a strong field on the Boys side that had all of the
top 7 series finishers show up at the final event. The girls
field, once again, was even stronger still. Paris Macey led
a strong group of girls to become Ms. Fit Sudbury in the age
group. 8 girls scored more than 1000 points this year and
all of the top 14 girls were on hand at the Gobbler. The strength
of this age group is very encouraging and hopefully a sign
of great things to come for Sudbury’s endurance sport
Thank you to everyone who came out to participate
in or the volunteer at this year’s events. If you see
any discrepancies with the points calculations or have any questions
about the 2015 Sudbury Fitness Challenge please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you all on February 8, 2015 as the new season
kicks off with the Sofie Manerin Loppet at Laurentian University.
Nellie Rocks!! in 3rd Birthday
Dash was held November 1st, 2014 to celebrate Nellie Brunette's
3rd Birthday. Nellie (daughter of ROCKS member Michelle
Brunette) and the next generation of ROCKS ran a 1km route
through the Valley East trails to the Val Caron baseball
field and Confederation Secondary School, then back to
Michelle & Jamie's house for a rainbow warm up party.
A total of 37 people joined the Rainbow Dash, but only
14 braved the cold & snowy weather on race day. Instead
of gifts, donations were made to the Maison Vale Hospice;
Nellie is presenting her donation at the Hospice Gala
on November 14th
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2014 CIS Cross Country Championships
Saturday, November 8
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12 noon Women’s Championship 6K
12:50pm Introduction Men’s Teams Start Line, Pippy Park
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