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Posted: July 2, 2020:  

Athletics: 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 (Name, time, race location, prize, charity)

1.	Kent, Justin, 28:52, Langley, BC, $500 - Canadian Cancer Society
2.	Bruchet, Lucas, 29:17, Fernie, BC, $400 - SchoolBOX
3.	De Jong, Caleb, Langley, BC, 29:35, $300 - Diabetes Canada
4.	Morgan, Blair, Vancouver, BC, 29:49, $200 - OCISO
5.	Preisner, Ben, 29:54, Kingston, ON, $100 - Lung Cancer Canada 

Top 5 women (Name, time, race location, prize, charity) 

1.	Wodak, Natasha, 32:41, Vancouver, BC, $500 - ALS Society of Canada
2.	Cliff, Rachel, 33:35, Vancouver, BC, $400 - Cystic Fibrosis Canada
3.	LeBeaud, Natasha, 34:25, San Diego, CA, $300 - Canadian Celiac Association - Ottawa Chapter
4.	Carson, Lindsay, 34:38, Whitehorse, YK, $200 - Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa
5.	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"

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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

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada's largest running festival with six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half Marathon, the Ottawa 10K, the Ottawa 5K, the Ottawa 2K and Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon. In 2019, runners raised $800,000 for local and national charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2020, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will be taking place virtually. The 2021 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 28-29.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards. It is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Gold Label Marathon. For more information or to register:

About Run Ottawa

Run Ottawa is the National Capital Region's premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada's most popular multi-day running event, the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. A not-for-profit, Run Ottawa manages a membership program and organizes more than 20 running events throughout the year, including the Run to EMpower, the Richmond Road Races, the popular Great Big Cookie Run, and the Saturday 5Ks at the Experimental Farm. Run Ottawa also manages the Kids Run Ottawa program, which introduces running into the schools for kids aged 6 to 12. (

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