Wodak and Flanagan win top spots at Canadian 10K Championships

Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun

Following 2 years of virtual races, live event resumes

Ottawa, May 28, 2022 – Results of the Athletics Canada Canadian 10K Championships at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend are as follows:

First-place finisher in the women’s category was 40-year-old Natasha Wodak of West Vancouver, with a time of 32:42. In second and third places were Leslie Sexton, 35, also from Vancouver in 32:56 minutes, and Toronto’s Sasha Gollish, 40, in 33:03.

Taking first place in the men’s category with a time of 28:40 was Ben Flanagan, 27, from Kitchener, Ontario. Second place finisher was Calgary, Alberta’s Rory Linkletter, 25, with a time of 29:02, and in third place with 29:05 was Lucas Bruchet, 31, from White Rock, British Columbia.

Gender Challenge

First, second, and third place prizes for women and men are $6,000, $4,000 and $3,000 respectively. In addition to his first place prize, Ben Flanagan takes home an additional $1,000 for winning the Gender Competition. In Ottawa, women racers are given a lead time of 3 minutes 14 seconds ahead of the men racers. Whoever crosses the finish line first receives the Gender Competition prize. 

Desjardins Charity Challenge

This year, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is donating $1,000 to the 10K champions to give to their charity of choice as part of the Desjardins Charity Challenge. Natasha Wodak’s charity of choice is the Ottawa Humane Society, and Ben Flanagan’s is Cystic Fibrosis Canada. 

For complete race results: 

Sportstats | Results | Men

Sportstats | Results |  Women

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About Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running and walking festival with six races, including the Tartan Ottawa International Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and Kids Marathon, as well as the Lumberjack, Voyageur or Bytown distance challenges. In 2021, runners and walkers in the virtual event raised a record-breaking $1,064,163.58 for local and national charities through the Charity Challenge. The 2022 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 28-29.  

Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won the Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award. The event is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics Gold label marathon, and is host to Athletic Canada’s Canadian 10K Championships. For more information or to register: www.runottawa.ca.