Natasha Wodak and Justin Kent crowned champions in the virtual 2020 Canadian 10K Championships
Canadians can try to beat the winning times of 28:52 and 32:41 to win prizes
Ottawa, July 2, 2020 – Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak remains Canada’s top 10K runner after winning the first ever virtual Canadian 10K Championships yesterday in a time of 32:41. She had taken first place last year in Ottawa with a time of 32:31.
Meanwhile, last year’s runner up Justin Kent took first place with a personal best of 28:52.
This unique event, presented by Run Ottawa and Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, was a fun way for organizers to replace the Canadian 10K Championships, set to take place on May 23, and give Canada’s elite runners an opportunity to win a little money and compete with one another. While the results are not officially sanctioned by Athletics Canada, the winners each took home $500 for first place with an equal amount going to their Scotiabank Charity Challenge charities of choice.
Top 5 men
|Last, first||Time||Race location||Prize|
|Kent, Justin||28:52||Langley, BC||$500 – Canadian Cancer Society|
|Bruchet, Lucas||29:17||Fernie, BC||$400 – SchoolBOX|
|De Jong, Caleb||29:35||Langley, BC||$300 – Diabetes Canada|
|Morgan, Blair||29:49||Vancouver, BC||$200 – OCISO|
|Preisner, Ben||29:54||Kingston, ON||$100 – Lung Cancer Canada|
Top 5 women
|Last, first||Time||Race location||Amount|
|Wodak, Natasha||32:41||Vancouver, BC||$500 – ALS Society of Canada|
|Cliff, Rachel||33:35||Vancouver, BC||$400 – Cystic Fibrosis Canada|
|Labeaud, Natasha||34:25||San Diego, CA||$300 – Canadian Celiac Association – Ottawa Chapter|
|Carson, Lindsay||34:38||Whitehorse, YK||$200 – Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa|
|Woodhouse, Hannah||35:41||Guelph, ON||$100 – Canadian Cancer Society|
“This year has been extraordinary in so many ways that we really wanted an opportunity to engage with Canadian elite runners and give them a chance to compete against one another in some way,” said Dylan Wyles, Elite Athlete Organizer for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “Congratulations to all the runners who took part and we cannot wait to see them at the Start Line in Ottawa in 2021!”
Beat the Champ for prizes!
During the month of July, all Canadians have an opportunity to ‘Beat the Champ’ by running 10 x 1K intervals, and combining individual segments to beat the winning 2020 10K result of 28:52 (men) and 32:41 (women). Results can be uploaded until Friday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time. All competitors who best the champ’s time will be entered into a draw for a number of prizes provided by Athletics Canada. Details are available at www.runottawa.ca.