Kenyan Mary Keitany breaks 10K course record, wins gender competition
Fellow Kenyan Wilson Kiprop finishes first in men’s race
May 24, 2014 (Ottawa) – Two Kenyans entered the record books tonight as winners of the Lowertown Brewery 10K race in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
Making good on race organizers’ predictions that course records could fall this year, 32-year-old Mary Keitany finished with a time of 31:21:7 minutes, 3 seconds faster than the course record set in 2005.
Keitany also won the gender competition tonight, which sees women elite racers start the course 4 minutes and 10 seconds before their male counterparts. She takes home $4,000 for finishing before the men elites, $6,000 for being the first woman finisher overall, and 2,000 for breaking the course record, for a total of $12,000.
“We knew we had strong fields for both men and women athletes going into the race,” said Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “In Mary’s case tonight, she had a strong second half, widening the gap from second place finisher Ruti Aga at the 5K mark to finish the race with a negative split.”
Kenyan Wilson Kiprop, 27, handily won top spot in the men’s division, finishing with a time of 28:00:7. He was followed by fellow countrymen 29-year-old David Kogei with a time of 28:06:6 and Geoffrey Mutai, 32, with 28:08:2. Mutai is no stranger to Ottawa, having won the race in 2012 and placing third in 2013.
First Canadian man to cross the finish line was Dylan Wykes, 30, of Vancouver, with a time of 29:40:0. He placed ninth overall. Lanni Marchant, also 30, placed seventh overall and was the first Canadian woman to cross the finish line with 33:14:8. Four Canadian women placed in the top 10 finishers, and 13 of the top 20 women finishers were Canadian.
About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
The 2014 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed almost 47,500 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K are both designated Silver Label IAAF events by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and enhancing the health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive world-class and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running club. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.