Becomes first three-time winner of the Emilie Mondor Memorial 5K Race for Women
Ottawa, ON - June 18, 2016: For the third year in a row Rachel Hannah of Toronto made her pilgramage to Emilie's Run - the Emilie Mondor Memorial 5K Race for Women in Ottawa, and for the third year inn a row the resuklt was the same - another victory. Hannah set the course record of 15:57.5 in 2014 and won in 2015 in 16:24.8.
Rachel Hannah breaks the tape in 16:12.4
From the gun Hannah went to the front and ran away from the field of over 200 runners. She passed 1K in 3:10 which was only 1 second slower than her split in 2014 when she ran a course record but with nobody pushing her she ended up running a "time trial" of 16:12.4 well ahead of second place finisher Julie-Anne Staehli of Kingston in 17:14.2 and third place finisher masters runner Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Markham in 17:42.3.
Hannah's splits were 1K-3:10 (3:10), 2K-6:22(3:12), 3K-9:38(3:16), 4K-12:54(3:16), 5K-16:12.4(3:18).
Lindsay Kary of Ottawa was fourth in 18:17.5 and Nadine Frost of Ottawa was fifth in 18:41.4.
22 women broke the 20 minute barrier up from 14 in 2015 and there were 168 finishers up from 119 in 2015.
Top 10 finishers with prize money*:
1. Rachel Hannah, Toronto, ON 16:12.4 - $1,000
2. . Julie-Anne Staehli, Kinston, ON 17:14.2 - $750
3. Lioudmila Kortchaguina, Markham, ON 17:42.3 - $550 (+ $500 for 1st Masters)
4. Lindsay Kary, Ottawa, ON - 18:17.5 $400
5. Nadine Frost, Ottawa, ON 18:41.4 - $300
6. Erin Rivers, Ottawa, ON 18:48.2
7. Alexandra Hynes-Davidson Ottawa, ON 18:59.6
8. Maureen Mahoney Ottawa, ON 19:04.0
9. Jessica Needham Ottawa, ON 19:06.9
10. Leslie Sanderson Ottawa, ON 19:08.1
Prize money provided by Sports4
Complete race results are available from SportStats.ca.
About Emilie's Run (EmiliesRun.com)
The race started as the RunnersWeb 5K Race for Women in 2006 and was renamed Emilie's Run that fall after Emilie Mondor's untimely death in a car accident. Emilie was the first Canadian woman to run sub 15:00 for 5K and was an Athens Olympian. The race was the only women's only road race in Canada in 2006. Since its inception there have been numerous women's only races founded across the country.
The race is meant to be a celebration of women's running in memory of a Canadian Olympian. The race is run along the Rockcliffe Parkway on a certified course starting and finishing at the Aviation Museum.
The race was founded by Ken Parker, coach of the OAC Racing Team and publisher of the Runner's Web. Run Ottawa took over management of the race in 2016.
About Run Ottawa
Run Ottawa is the National Capital Regionís premiere running organization and the organizers of Canadaís most popular multi-day running event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. The flagship event of the weekend is the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, which is both Canadaís largest marathon and its fastest, with a Canadian soil record of 2:06:54.
Originally known as the National Capital Marathon, Run Ottawa adopted its current name in 2009 to better represent the organizationís broader focus, both at its flagship weekend event and throughout the year.
In 2009, Run Ottawa also became the home of the respected local running club the National Capital Runners Association. Today runners from across the region can join Run Ottawa for a small annual fee and take advantage of a range of benefits, from free coaching to discounts on entry fees.
Anchoring the growth of Run Ottawa is a dedicated leadership team with an incredible depth of racing experience. In 2013, John Halvorsen, a two-time Olympian and holder of the Ottawa 10K record for over 20 years, became President of Run Ottawa, taking over from 17-year veteran Jim Robinson. Supporting John is a small full-time staff and an elected volunteer board that together represent more than one hundred years of expertise in all aspects of race operations.
Looking forward, Run Ottawa is committed to providing Canadaís best running experience at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and to growing the sport of running in the National Capital Region by organizing high-calibre events which provide opportunities for the community and all levels of runners to participate.
Run Ottawa assumed control of Emilie's Run this year.
About the Runner's Web (RunnersWeb.com)
The Runner's Web was founded in January of 1997 as a not-for-profit resource site.
The Runner's Web aims to provide a portal into the world of running - including athletics (track and field) and road running, triathlon and adventure racing.
In addition to providing access to the resources desired by participants of all age levels and abilities, the site provides timely news and features on a global scale on a 7 day per week basis with frequent, multi-times-per-day updates.
The Runner's Web posts syndicated articles from Race Results Weekly, Running USA, Athletics Canada, USATF, USAT, Canada Running Series and several other running and triathlon news sites.
In addition we post links to stories on athletics, triathlon and health and fitness from a variety of international news sources.
About Sports 4
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