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Posted: March 24, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Top Runners Enter Emilie's Run

Three more top runners have confirmed their entry for Emilie's Run - The Emilie Mondor Memorial 5K Race for Women - which will be run on June 20th from the Aviation Museum in Ottawa, joining top Masters runner Isabelle LeDroit who entered last week. Three of last year's top 5 finishers have now confirmed for 2009.

Lanni Marchant - London, ON.
Lanni has a PB of 16:38 for 5K. She attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on a track scholarship and is currently taking her law degree at the University of Ottawa. Lanni placed third in the 2008 Emilie's Run in 17:08.6. She finished third in the Canadian 10K Road Race Championships in Ottawa in 34:56.1. She won the Army 5K in 17:22 and won the Rattle Me Bones 5K in 16:59.4. Lanni is a member of the OAC Racing Team and was named Ottawa's top road racer for 2008.

Cynthia Wilson - Ottawa, ON.
Cynthia has a PB of 17:47 for 5K. She was Ottawa Triathlete of the Year for 2007 and 2008. She placed 5th in Emilie's Run last year in a PB time of 17:41.4 She is a member of the OAC Racing Team.

Paula Wiltse, Brockville, ON.
Paula was second - and first Masters (40-44) - in last year's race in a new Canadian record of 17:02.0. This time was a new Personal Best for Paula. She won the HBC Run for Canada 10K in 35:42.5. She also won the Marathon Oasis de Montreal 1/2 Marathon in 1:20:11.3 and was 4th (first Master) in the Niagara Falls International Marathon Half-Marathon in 1:18:22.8.

Emilie's Run is a women's only 5K road race named after Emilie Mondor who was killed in a car accident in September of 2006. She was the first Canadian woman to run under 15:00 for 5K and an Athens Olympian. She had moved to Ottawa to start training for the marathon with the goal of going to the Beijing Olympics in that event.

Emilie's Run is open to all women of all levels and abilities and is designed to be a celebration of women's running. There is $7,700 in cash prizes for the top open, masters and teams and New Balance merchandise prizes for age-group winners.

There is also a 1K run for children 12 and under. All 12 and under entrants will receive free admission to the Aviation Museum.

The course record is 16:29.7 set by two-time winner Nicole Stephenson of Toronto in 2006. Last year Paula Wiltse of Kingston set a Canadian Masters (40+) record of 17:02.0.

The race offers several unique features to enhance the participants' experience such as timing mats at each kilometer and the race numbers 1 through 50 designate runners who placed 1 through 50 in the previous year's race.

CHEO - the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, is the official charity of the event.

The race is sponsored by the Runner's Web (, the Ottawa Citizen, Majic100, iRun Magazine, New Balance Ottawa, Gatorade, Goodlife Fitness Clubs, Bagel Bagel and Ottawa Outdoors Magazine and is organized by Somersault Promotions (

Online registration is available through the race website at:

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