TORONTO. July 19th. Kenyan Hosea Kibet cruised to a comfortable victory and a new course record of 48:01 at this morning's Acura Toronto Ten Miler -- the Official Tune Up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Kingston's Dylan Wykes turned in a bold and strong effort to take 2nd in 48:32, for his final tune up for the World Championships Marathon in Berlin on August 22nd, duelling it out with Kibet for almost 12km. Andrew Smith of the Brooks Marathon Project ran a more conservative, pre-Berlin outing, but came through well in the late stages to take 4th in 49:32. Burlington's Josephat Ongeri, who had been the winner of the only two previous editions of the Toronto Ten Miler, split the two Canadian Marathon Squad athletes for 3rd in 48:54. Lioudmila Kortchaguina had a much easier time of things in winning the women's title in 59:00. Brantford's Krista DuChene, winner of this Spring's Mississauga Marathon, continued to show good form, coming home 2nd in 60:07, ahead of the reigning CRS champion, Josiane Aboungono [60:45]. One of the highlights of the day, however, was Danny Kassap's return to the racing scene after his near-fatal heart attack in the Berlin Marathon last September.
A record field of 2,618 in the combined Ten Miler and 5K [up 17% over 2008] started together under cloudy skies and un-seasonably cool temperatures around 16 degrees celcius, at 8am from The Historic Distillery District in Downtown Toronto. Danny went straight to the front and pulled a lead pack of ten through the 1km mark in 2:57. When Kassap turned around at the 2.5km mark, Dylan Wykes moved to the front looking strong, hitting 3km in 8:51, with Ongeri, Kibet and Moses Macharia tucked in behind him. By the time they crossed the Bailey Bridge in scenic Tommy Thompson Park around 7km, Ongeri and Kibet were forcing the pace. Wykes continued to battle Kibet, however, and pushed him all the way through the park.It was only as they exited the park around 12km, that Kibet managed to open up a little daylight between him and the fit Kingstonian. A fading Ongeri was another 30m back. From there it was cruise-control for the talented Kibet, who is spending the season based in Waterloo, where he is billeted with local runner Francis Coral-Mellon. Mellon met him last year in Africa and raised the funds necessary to bring him over. Kibet's comfortable victory in 48:01 underscored that his impressive 28:21 [3rd place] showing at the MDS Nordion 10K in Ottawa on May 23rd was no fluke.
Danny Kassap crossed the Finish line on Front Street all smiles to win the 5K in 15:21, and indeed everyone on hand was thrilled to see him out racing, when there were doubts 9 months ago as to whether he would ever be ale to run again. Ann Elford of Owen Sound took the Women's 5K in 19:59, and the Canadian Cancer Society were also much pleased on the morning, raising almost $15,000.
Full results and photos available at CanadaRunningSeries.com.
The Start for the record field of 2,618
Danny Kassap is all smiles as he leads the pack through the first kilometre!
Dylan Wykes battling Hosea Kibet around 11km
Lioudmila Kortchaguina around 3.5km