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September 13, 2013

Olympic and World Championship veterans highlight entries for Canadian 10km Championship

Reid Coolsaet

OTTAWA — The Oasis Zoo Run September 21 in Toronto, Ont., serves as Athletics Canada's Canadian 10-kilometre road race Championship as well as the finale for the annual Timex National Road Race Series. With so much on the line more than 40 elite athletes will be among a crowd of 3000 as they race for national supremacy. Notably the elite field includes all of Canada's marathoners from both the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 World Championship.

Provincial teams from Alberta, British-Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan will battle out as part of the Timex Series Finale. The Timex Series Finale at the Oasis Zoo Run is the culmination of an entire season of races, 84 in total, held in provinces across the country.

Krista DuChene

The elite field includes defending champion Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., as well as Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., and Dylan Wykes of Kingston, Ont. All three represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The men's race will also feature Rob Watson of London, Ont., who competed for Canada in the marathon at the recent World Championship. Watson was runner-up in last year's event.

The women's elite field includes a pair of competitors from Canada's 2013 World Championship team in Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., and Lanni Marchant of London, Ont. Marchant was runner-up at the 2012 edition of the Canadian 10km Championship. Based on time Natasha Wodak of Port Moody, B.C., enters the women's race as the one to beat posting the season's fastest time at 32 minutes 42 seconds.

For more on the Canadian 10k Championship visit:


September 22, 2012

Pre-race favourites Coolsaet & Brown take Athletics Canada National 10K Championships

Megan Brown

TORONTO. September 22nd. Just 6 weeks after his Olympic Marathon outing in London, Reid Coolsaet successfully defended his Athletics Canada National 10K Championship title at Oasis ZooRun this morning. He ran a comfortable 30:25 for a come-from-behind victory over the hilly and winding course at Toronto Zoo. Vancouver's Rob Watson took the silver medal in 30:36, with Coolsaet's Speed River TFC teammate Matt Brunsting taking bronze 30:37. Kenyan Dancan Kesia, who led for the first 8.5km, was 2nd overall in the race (30:32).

Athletics Toronto's Megan Brown was delighted to claim the women's crown. "A National Championship title at last," she said. "No more bridesmaid, after 3 silvers for me — 2nd here last year and two at National Cross. I'm very happy!" She lead from start to finish, crossing the line well clear in 33:34. Lanni Marchant of London, Canada's #1 ranked marathoner, was second, 35 seconds back. Tarah McKay-Korir of St.Clements was 3rd in 34:23.

The race also doubled as the Timex Series Grand Final, with British Columbia taking the Men's and Mixed team titles — only the Ontario Women prevented them from a clean sweep.

More later…


October 16, 2010

Douma-Hussar earns Canadian title in road race debut

Carmen Douma-Hussar

By Mihira Lakshman

In her first Canadian road race, Carmen Douma-Hussar showcased her versatility and sheer dominance, winning the women's 10K at the Oasis ZooRun in 33:23, Saturday in Toronto.

“It's a first [road race win], and it's a fun thing to win a Canadian championship,” Douma-Hussar said modestly, as she was whisked away to doping control.

The race, which also served as the Athletics Canada national 10K championships, attracted some of the top runners from across the country. It's also the finale of the Canada Running Series and Timex Series events. British Columbia won the Timex team challenge.

Defending champion Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, B.C., finished in second place, almost a minute back of Douma-Hussar in 34:12. Lanni Marchant of London, Ont. was third in 34:40.

An Alberta-based Kenyan won the men's race, as Kip Kangogo of Lethbridge cruised to the line in 29:48, breaking away from a lead group of three runners with 4K remaining.

“My legs felt really good after 5K,” Kangogo said. “When I took the lead, I just kept [the pace] steady, and nobody went with me.”

Rob Watson of Guelph, Ont., finished second overall in 30:02, but earned the Canadian title since Kangogo is not yet a citizen.

Dylan Wykes of Kingston, Ont., who was third overall in 30:07, earned enough points to claim the Canada Running Series title. Toronto's Josiane Aboungono, who didn't figure in the placings at the ZooRun, earned enough points in the previous seven Canada Running Series events to secure the women's title for the third straight year.

Kip Kangogo

Although Kangogo wasn't eligible to claim the Canadian championship, he took a great deal of pride in winning the race. He has repeatedly shown that he can beat the best runners in the country and has what it takes to represent Canada internationally.

But Kangogo remains a landed-immigrant, waiting for Canadian citizenship. He's frustrated since he has worked, coached and trained in Lethbridge for a decade.

“I know that if I had my citizenship, I would just train full-time. But now, I still have to work 40 hours a week for my employer and just train once a day. If I was given the opportunity to train [full-time] for six months, I have the potential to run really good.”

Douma-Hussar of Cambridge, Ont., generally known as a 1500m specialist, has won two national titles at that distance, along with another Canadian championship in cross country.

Although she won her fourth Canadian crown by a large margin, it was a big challenge for Douma-Hussar, who admits she's much more comfortable on a 400m synthetic track than a hilly course that winds through the Toronto Zoo.

But she took advantage of a key difference in the sport. In most road races, unlike track or cross country, women and men run on the course at the same time.

“You're running with the guys. It can help. You can focus on the next guy in front of you, if there are not too many women around you,” Douma-Hussar said.

Douma-Hussar had built a 17-second lead on Elmore at the halfway mark, splitting 5K in 16:30. She consistently increased the gap, before showing off her fast-twitch skills in a sprint down the finishing stretch to break the ceremonial tape.

Douma-Hussar and Elmore — both elite 1500m runners on the track — won the last two Canadian 10K road titles. It may be the start of a trend, where more middle-distance athletes look seriously at making the jump to long-distance road racing sooner in their careers.

Rob Watson - Canadian Men's 10k Champion

On the men's side, the long-distance bug has bitten Watson, who also claimed a national title on the track in June, when he won the 3,000m steeplechase.

Watson recently paced his Speed River teammate Reid Coolsaet through the first half of his historic 2:11:23 run at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Now, Watson wants to try to distance himself, gearing up to run the Chevron Houston Marathon in January.

“I had so much fun doing that half marathon pacing that I just want to go out and try the full distance now,” Watson said, “I love the track, but there's no time like the present to move on up.”

But he admits that he still has a few things to learn about making the jump to the longer road racing distances.

“My impatience and immaturity on the distance stuff really showed today. I felt really good at 3K and tried to push it, but by 5K I didn't drop anybody. I just put a lot of hurt in my legs.”

Wykes, who took home a $2,500 cheque for becoming the Canada Running Series champion, said these types of races are great for developing future stars.

“It's a good target for me,” he said. “Having all the mass participation athletes [on the same start line], and [organizers] always put in good elite fields, and treat you well.”

About 4,000 runners participated in the Oasis ZooRun 10K and 5K races, raising more than $30,000 for the Toronto Zoo.

2010 start

For more complete results, please visit the race website (

Overall Male - 10km Run Awards

Place Time        Name                          City         
===== =======     ============================= ============ 
    1.   29:48    KANGOGO, KIP                  KENYA* 
    2.   30:03    WATSON, ROB                   GUELPH    
    3.   30:08    WYKES, DYLAN                  KINGSTON  
    4.   30:22    NAKLUSKI, DEREK               KITCHENER 
    5.   30:33    BRUNSTING, MATTHEW            GUELPH  
    6.   30:58    HORTIAN, ADAM                 WATERLOO 

* Not eligible for Canadian 10k Championships
Overall Female - 10km Run Awards

Place  Time       Name                          City         
=====  =======    ============================= ============ 
    1.   33:24    DOUMA HUSSAR, CARMEN          CAMBRIDGE
    2.   34:12    ELMORE, MALINDI               KELOWNA    
    3.   34:40    MARCHANT, LANNI               LONDON    
    4.   35:01    VAUGHAN, KATE                 ST. JOHN'S 
    5.   35:18    WODAK, NATASHA                PORT MOODY

Complete results at:


October 13, 2010

Plenty at stake at Oasis ZooRun

Hundreds of the country's top distance runners will stampede through the grounds of the Toronto Zoo on Saturday morning, chasing national titles and cash prizes.

For the second straight year, the Oasis ZooRun is the Athletics Canada national 10K championship race, and will be used as part of its selection process for the prestigious Chiba Ekiden Relays, Nov. 23 in Japan.

The race is a major Canada Running Series (CRS) event as well, capping the 2010 season. There is $2,500 on the line for the male and female series winners. The prize breakdown is as follows: 1st - $2,500, 2nd - $1,500, 3rd - $1,000, 4th - $750, 5th - $500.

There are also cash prizes for the top five male and female finishers in Saturday's race, in the Open and Canadian categories (Open - $1,000, $500, $400, $300, $200, $100; Canadian - $2,000, $1,200, $1,000, $800, $500). Runners must be Canadian citizens to claim the “Canadian” prize money.

The Oasis ZooRun also features a team component as the finale of the Timex Series. Many of the top runners qualified through their provincial Timex Series races, and will be representing their province, in pursuit of national bragging rights.

More than 4,000 runners are expected to take part in the Oasis ZooRun 10K and 5K events.

There should be a number of good battles for both the race victory and the series titles at stake.

On the men's side, Canada's top Kenyan and Ethiopian residents, Kip Kangogo from Lethbridge, Josephat Ongeri from Hamilton and Dagim Yeshitela from Toronto Olympic Club are expected to be at the front, battling it out for the race and series titles.

The top Canadian citizens expected to compete for the men's national titles include Rob Watson of the powerhouse Speed River Track and Field Club in Guelph, Ont., and Dylan Wykes of Kingston. West Coasters Richard Mosely of Coquitlam, B.C., and Steve Osaduik of Langley, B.C., will also contend for the top prizes.

Watson and Ongeri recently shared pacing duties at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and appear to be in top form. Wykes ran 1:05:10 in the half marathon event, but was still almost two minutes behind Yeshitela, who finished in 1:03:24.

Baghdad Rachem, the CRS points leader, was further back in that race, but he'll be looking for a better showing on Saturday to hang on to his overall title.

Kangogo, known as a strong finisher, has had a strong season, highlighted with a victory at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon in June.

The women's race could also come down to the wire, with a trio of middle-distance stars possessing strong finishing kicks. Defending champion Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, B.C., will be tough to beat, but she'll face a stiff challenge from another 1500m runner, Carmen Douma-Hussar of Cambridge, Ont. Don't count out Megan Wright of Edmonton either, who has confirmed that she will compete less than a week after running the 5,000m at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

“We're delighted about not only the quality, but the depth of this year's Championship races at the Oasis ZooRun,” said Race Director, Alan Brookes. “It's not just the battles at the front that will consume our attention, but to see how some of the many young up-and-coming stars perform — folks like John Parrott, Matthew Brunsting and Aleksandr Kuternin, and [on the women's side] Dana Buchanan, Natasha Wodak and Leslie Sexton.

“People are moving up from 1500m and the steeplechase to 10,000m and also onto the half and full marathon. At last I think we're seeing a ladder, a connectivity in Canadian distance running,” Brookes said.

As for the overall CRS women's title, Toronto's Josiane Aboungono looks in good shape to repeat as series winner. But Calgary's Lisa Harvey, who is currently third, could overtake Nathalie Goyer of St. Bruno, Que., with a strong performance. Harvey won the women's race at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon in June.

Goyer and fellow Quebecer Terry Gehl appear to have a lock on the CRS Masters titles.

For more information, please visit the Canada Running Series website

For complete OASIS ZooRun, National 10K Championships and Timex Final Start Lists, click here....


October 17, 2009

Bairu, Elmore take National 10k titles at Oasis ZooRun

By Mihira Lakshman

start 2009
A record field of 2,600 take off

The course didn't take the runners past any cheetahs, but Regina's Simon Bairu did his best impression of the fleet-footed creature, breezing through the Oasis ZooRun in a time of 29:48, on a sunny Saturday in Toronto.

Track specialist Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, BC, clocked 33:41, winning the women's race by more than a minute over Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton (33:43). Denise Robson of Bedford, NS, finished third with a personal best of 34:59.

lead pack 2009
Simon Bairu (#1), Richard Mosely (#5) and Matt Loiselle lead the pack just before the 3km mark.

The race was the final event of the prestigious Canada Running Series, the Timex National Road Race Series, and it also served as the Athletics Canada National 10K Championships. The event also helped raise funds for the Toronto Zoo.

Bairu and Elmore each took home $4,600 in prize money ($3,000 from Athletics Canada for winning the national title, $1,600 from Oasis and the Canada Running Series).

"It's really special," said Bairu, who also won the National title last year in Ottawa, and collected his eighth national gold medal overall when you include road running, cross country and track and field.

Bairu leads
Simon Bairu leads Richard Mosely just after 4km with Reid Coosaet, Matt Loiselle and Eric Gillis strung out behind

Bairu led the race from start to finish, at the front of a pack that included some of the top distance runners in the country. Canada's top marathoner in 2009, Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, finished in second place in 29:58. Coolsaet's training partner, and 2008 Olympian Eric Gillis of Antigonish, NS, took the bronze in 30:01.

Both Coolsaet and Gillis train with the Speed River track club in Guelph, Ont., home to dozens of Canada's top athletes.

The course was rather technical for a road race, full of sharp turns, narrow trails, and a mix of pavement, dirt, and boardwalk surfaces. It also included many rolling hills, making it difficult for the runners to get into a comfortable rhythm.

Simon Bairu wins
Simon Bairu, 2009 Canadian Men's 10k champion.

"I like it. It's a good course, quite challenging. I hope they have the national 10K championship back here again," Bairu said.

"When I heard the course record was 29:41, I thought there are at least five guys who would get under that time. But it was real tough out there," he said.

Bairu separated himself from the competition, with a gradual surge over the second half of the race. Over the final three kilometres, they were running for second place.

Malindi Elmore leads the women
Malindi Elmore chasing the Timex Series mens' runners

In the women's race, Elmore was racing alongside some of the mid-pack men, using them as support and wind-breakers.

In all, there were 2,600 runners in the ZooRun 10K and 1,500 in the 5K. The event was so popular — it sold out weeks in advance.

"Having bodies around really helps for runners at any level, you want to stay in close contact," said Elmore, who is Canada's top 1,500m runner on the track.

Malindi Elmore wins
Malindi Elmore takes 2009 Canadian Women's 10k title

A stranger to the roads, Elmore was pleased with the effort, in what was only her second ever road 10K.

Many may have expected Metcalfe, a strong 5000m runner, to have the advantage.

"Well, she just got married last weekend," Elmore said with a smile.

Oasis rounded out a day of smiles at the Awards Ceremony when they announced the renewal of their title sponsorship for another three years.

a day of smiles
A day of smiles


October 16, 2009

10km Championships in Toronto to serve as qualifier for 2009 Chiba Ekiden; Dunkerley on start line

OTTAWA — The 2009 10km Canadian Championships taking place in conjunction with the Oasis Zoo Run tomorrow in Toronto will also serve as a national team qualifier for the 2009 Chiba Ekiden team which will travel to compete in Japan in late November.

The men's and women's Canadian champions tomorrow in Toronto will automatically earn a berth on the team with other top three finishers selectable to the team with times of sub 29 minutes and 30 seconds for the men; and on the women's side 34 minutes or less.

The International Chiba Ekiden is a prestigious Invitational road relay held annually since 1988 in Chiba, Japan, attracting very strong teams from around the globe. The Ekiden covers the full 42.195km marathon distance with the following legs: 5k men; 5k women; 10k men; 5k women; 10k men; 7.195k women. The race only became a mixed gender event in 2007.

National Endurance Coach, Thelma Wright comments; "The mixed gender relay concept provides international competition in a team environment and allows athletes to compete with some of the best in the world."

4 men and 4 women (to include alternates) will represent Canada at the 2009 event to be held on Monday November 23, 2009.

Declared athletes

The following athletes have already declared for the 2009 Chiba Ekiden national team:

Reid Coolsaet*
Eric Gillis*
Richard Mosely*
Derek Nakluski*
Steve Osaduik
Rob Watson
Dylan Wykes*

Marilyn Arsenault*
Anita Campbell
Malindi Elmore*
Lisa Harvey*
Megan Metcalfe*
Kristina Rody*
Chantell Widney*

*Participating in the 2009 10km Championships tomorrow

Dunkerley on start line

Visually impaired runner Jason Dunkerley of Ottawa, ON and guide runner Greg Dailey of Toronto, ON will take part in the 10km Canadian Championships on Saturday. The pair captured the bronze medal at last year's Paralympic Games in the 1500 metres.

For more information regarding the 10km Canadian Championships please visit


16 octobre 2009

Le Championnat du 10 km à Toronto sert de compétition de qualification pour le Chiba Ekiden de 2009 ; Dunkerley sur la ligne de départ

OTTAWA — Le Championnat canadien 2009 du 10 km qui a lieu demain, à Toronto, en conjonction avec l'Oasis Zoo Run, servira aussi de compétition de qualification de l'équipe nationale pour le Chiba Ekiden de 2009 qui aura lieu au Japon à la fin de novembre.

Les champions canadiens masculin et féminin de demain à Toronto mériteront automatiquement une place sur l'équipe avec d'autres athlètes terminant parmi les trois premiers et réussissant un temps de moins de 29 minutes et 30 secondes pour les hommes; et de 34 minutes ou moins pour les femmes.

La compétition internationale Chiba Ekiden est une prestigieuse compétition invitation de relais sur route ayant lieu annuellement depuis 1988 à Chiba, au Japon, et qui attire de très bonnes équipes de partout autour du globe. L'Ekiden couvre la distance complète du marathon (42,195 km) avec les tronçons suivants : 5 km masculin, 5 km féminin, 10 km masculin. 5 km féminin, 10 km masculin, 7,195 km féminin. La course n'est devenue mixte qu'en 2007.

L'entraîneure nationale d'endurance, Thelma Wright, commente : « Le concept du relais mixte fournit une compétition internationale dans un environnement d'équipe et permet aux athlètes de concourir avec quelques-uns des meilleurs au monde. »

4 hommes et 4 femmes (incluant les substituts) représenteront le Canada lors de l'événement de 2009 qui aura lieu le lundi 23 novembre 2009.

Athlètes ayant déclaré leur intérêt

Les athlètes suivants ont déjà déclaré leur intérêt pour joindre l'équipe nationale du Chiba Ekiden de 2009 :

Reid Coolsaet*
Eric Gillis*
Richard Mosely*
Derek Nakluski*
Steve Osaduik
Rob Watson
Dylan Wykes*

Marilyn Arsenault*
Anita Campbell
Malindi Elmore*
Lisa Harvey*
Megan Metcalfe*
Kristina Rody*
Chantell Widney*

*Participants au Championnat 2009 du 10 km de demain

Dunkerley sur la ligne de départ

Le coureur Jason Dunkerley, d'Ottawa, ON, un athlète ayant une déficience visuelle, et le coureur-guide Greg Dailey, de Toronto, ON, prendront part au Championnat canadien du 10 km samedi. Cette paire a remporté la médaille de bronze du 1500 mètres aux Jeux paralympiques de l'an passé.

Pour plus d'information concernant le Championnat canadien du 10 km, veuillez consulter


October 15, 2009

Coolsaet among strong field for Canadian 10K road race championships

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 15, 2009 14:35

By Lori Ewing

TORONTO — Coming on the heels of a season focused on the marathon, Saturday's Canadian 10K National Road Race Championships is going to feel like an all-out sprint for Reid Coolsaet.

The distance runner from Guelph, Ont., who won the Canadian title in his marathon debut earlier this year, will be among a strong field gunning for the 10-kilometre title at the Toronto Zoo.

"I definitely feel like my endurance and strength is better, but I'm definitely lacking some foot speed," Coolsaet said.

Coolsaet, Canada's top 5- and 10,000-metre runner on the track for the past few years, moved up to the marathon last season, overcoming a broken foot suffered in the fall to quickly make a name for himself over the gruelling 42.195-kilometre distance.

His Canadian title earned him a spot at the world championships in Berlin in August, where he went in ranked No. 85 out of a field of 91, but crossed the finish line 25th.

He's switching gears once again to focus on the 5- and 10,000 metres, with his eye on the Commonwealth Games next October in New Delhi, India.

"In October, the daily high is like 31 degrees, and it's pretty polluted in New Delhi, so I definitely don't want to run a marathon there," Coolsaet said. "I'll go back to the 5- and 10,000, and then in 2011 and 2012, I'll concentrate on the marathon again."

Coolsaet, 30, said he considers himself a favourite to finish second Saturday — top spot should go to Simon Bairu, he said.

The Regina runner is the defending 10K road race champion and also won it in 2006.

"I think Simon and I are fairly equal over 10K, his best time and my best time are only six seconds apart, but he trained for it all summer whereas I focused on the marathon," Coolsaet said.

Other favourites among the field include Ryan McKenzie of Windsor, Ont., the 2007 Canadian 1,500-metre champion, Taylor Milne of Guelph, Ont., who was second in the Canadian 10K championships two years ago, and Dylan Wykes of Kingston, Ont., the 2007 10K champion and a marathon teammate of Coolsaet at the world championships.

Malindi Elmore of Calgary is among the favourites in the women's field. Emore is the reigning Canadian 1,500-metre champion.

The race is being held in conjunction with the Oasis Zoo Run and includes the Timex National Road Race Series Finale.


October 15, 2009

Oasis Zoo Run set to host 2009 Canadian 10km Championships

OTTAWA - The 2009 Canadian 10km Championships will take place this Saturday October 17 in Toronto, ON in conjunction with the Oasis Zoo Run of the Canada Running Series. The event will also serve as the stage for the Timex National Road Race Series Finale with provincial team and individual titles on the line.

Elites with an eye on the National Title

The start line at the Toronto Zoo will feature the strongest and deepest National 10km Championships field in years, maybe even decades. "We're just thrilled to see the National 10km Championships at the Oasis Zoo Run, and in Toronto" said Alan Brookes, Canada Running Series Race Director. Brookes adds; "This is by far the best Canadian field we've had in 20 years, I think it's tremendously exciting for the running scene in Canada and Toronto, and I'm sure the elites will also get a buzz from being at the front end of a big-city 10K."

Some of the notables include —

Simon Bairu of Regina, SK, and Dylan Wykes of Kingston, ON are each looking to re-capture the Canadian title; Bairu is a 2-time national champion in the 10km winning in 2006 and 2008 while Wykes captured the 2007 title.

Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, ON raced at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany where he placed tops amongst the Canadian team in the marathon. He also captured the Canadian Marathon Championship title earlier this year; he'll be looking to add another title to his name.

Eric Gillis of Antigonish, NS and Guelph Speed River teammate Taylor Milne of Guelph, ON both represented Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in the 10000 metres and 1500 metres respectively. Both men are looking to add a 10km Championship title to their list of accomplishments.

Malindi Elmore of Calgary, AB, and Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton, AB will race for the women's 10km title. Both are previous Olympians, Elmore in 2004 and Metcalfe in 2008, the duo are Canadian Champions in track events.

For the complete start list of elites visit:

Timex National Road Race Series Finale

Also hosted in conjunction with the Oasis Zoo Run is the Timex National Road Race Series Finale. Athletes from across the country who have qualified for the Finale through their provincial Timex Series will converge on Toronto vying for individual and provincial team titles.

For more information on the 10km Canadian Championships or the Timex Finale please visit


15 octobre 2009

L'Oasis Zoo Run est prêt à tenir le Championnat canadien 2009 du 10 km

OTTAWA — Le Championnat canadien 2009 du 10 km aura lieu ce samedi, le 17 octobre, à Toronto, en Ontario, en conjonction avec l'Oasis Zoo Run du Circuit de courses du Canada. L'événement est aussi le stage de la finale du Circuit national de courses sur route Timex avec les titres individuels et par équipe à l'enjeu.

Les athlètes d'élite ayant un œil sur le titre national

La ligne de départ au zoo de Toronto rassemblera le peloton le plus fort et celui avec le plus de profondeur de tous les championnats nationaux du 10 km des dernières années et peut-être même des dernières décennies. « Nous sommes vraiment enchantés de voir le Championnat national du 10 km se tenir lors de l'Oasis Zoo Run et à Toronto », dit Alan Brookes, le directeur de course du Circuit de courses du Canada. Brookes ajoute ; « Ceci représente, de loin, le meilleur peloton canadien que nous ayons eu en 20 ans. Je crois que c'est formidablement excitant pour la scène de course canadienne et Toronto ; et je suis sûr que les athlètes d'élite auront aussi une certaine euphorie à être à la tête du peloton d'un 10 km d'une grande cité. »

Quelques-uns des athlètes sur lesquels on peut compter —

Simon Bairu, de Regina, SK, et Dylan Wykes, de Kinston, ON, visent tous deux à reconquérir le titre canadien. Bairu fut deux fois champion national du 10 km, gagnant en 2006 et 2008, tandis que Wykes a remporté le titre en 2007.

Reid Coolsaet, de Hamilton, ON, a couru au Championnat du monde de 2009 à Berlin, en Allemagne, où il fut le meilleur Canadien lors du marathon. Il a aussi remporté le titre du Championnat canadien du marathon plus tôt au cours de l'année. Il visera à ajouter un autre titre à son palmarès.

Eric Gillis, d'Antigonish, NS, et son coéquipier du Guelph Speed River, Taylor Milne, de Guelph, ON, ont tous deux représenté le Canada lors des Jeux olympiques de 2008 au 10 000 mètres et au 1500 mètres respectivement. Les deux hommes visent à ajouter le titre du Championnat du 10 km à leur liste d'accomplissements.

Malindi Elmore, de Calgary, AB, et Megan Metcalfe, d'Edmonton, AB, courront pour le titre féminin du 10 km. Les deux sont des olympiennes, Elmore en 2004, et Metcalfe en 2008. Les deux sont championnes canadiennes dans des épreuves d'athlétisme.

Pour la liste de départ complète des athlètes d'élite, veuillez consulter :

Finale du Circuit national de courses sur route Timex

La finale du Circuit national de courses sur route Timex est aussi organisée en conjonction avec l'Oasis Zoo Run. Les athlètes de tout le pays, qui se sont classés pour la finale au cours des circuits provinciaux Timex, se dirigeront cers Toronto afin de lutter pour les titres individuels et celui des équipes provinciales.

Pour plus d'information concernant le Championnat canadien du 10 km et la finale du Circuit Timex, veuillez consulter


October 1, 2009

2009 Men's 10km Canadian Championship shaping up to feature World Class field

OTTAWA — Athletics Canada in partnership with Canada Running Series is excited to confirm a strong group of elites today who will compete at the 2009 Canadian 10km Road Race Championships in Toronto on October 17th. The 2009 Championships are taking place as part of the Oasis Zoo Run and include the Timex National Road Race Series Finale.

Elites at the line

Simon Bairu

Simon Bairu from Regina, Saskatchewan is the defending 10km road race champ and also held the 2006 title. At the 2009 Track and Field Championships he took gold in the 5000 metres; in 2007 he travelled to Osaka, Japan to compete against the world's best at the World Championships. Bairu's personal best in the 10km is 28 minutes 29 seconds set in 2007 at the Nordion 10K in Ottawa.

Reid Coolsaet

From Hamilton, Ontario, Reid Coolsaet recently took part in the marathon at the 2009 World Championships held in Berlin, Germany where he set a personal best mark. Coolsaet qualified for Worlds by winning the Canadian Marathon Championship earlier this year in his first ever marathon. He was 5th at the 2006 10km Championships; at the Track & Field Championships in June he placed first in the 10 000 metres.

Malindi Elmore

Malindi Elmore, from Calgary, Alberta, is the reigning 1500 metres champion and was second this year at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. She also placed second at the inaugural Festival of Excellence in Toronto in the mile.

Ryan McKenzie

Ryan McKenzie from Windsor, Ontario will not only challenge for the men's Canadian title but is also a member of British Columbia's provincial Timex National Road Race Series team which will be looking to earn a provincial title. McKenzie competed in the 2006 10km Championships finishing 6th, he's the 2007 Canadian 1500 metres champion and placed 3rd earlier this year at the Times Colonist 10K in Victoria, BC.

Taylor Milne

Guelph, Ontario's Taylor Milne is competing in his third Canadian 10km Championship where he captured silver in 2007 and finished 7th in 2008. At the 2009 Festival of Excellence in Toronto he won silver in the mile; in 2008 he competed in the 1500 metres at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Dylan Wykes

Dylan Wykes, from Kingston, Ontario is the 2007 10km Champion and was a marathon teammate of Coolsaet at the World Championships in Berlin. He established a new personal best this year over the 10km distance, placing second in 29 minutes and 12 seconds at the Vancouver Sun Run.

Prizing & Champions

Canadian titles will not be the only ones on the line on October 17; masters, age category champions and Timex Series Individual and Provincial Team Champions will all be gunning for prizing at the Zoo.

A fundraiser for the Toronto Zoo, the race will take place on the roads surrounding the zoo and loop through the zoo grounds. For more information regarding the Canadian 10km Road Race Championships please visit For all Oasis Zoo Run information see

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1 octobre 2009

Le Championnat canadien masculin du 10 km de 2009 présentera un peloton de classe mondiale

OTTAWA — Athlétisme Canada, en partenariat avec le Circuit de course du Canada, est fier de confirmer un fort groupe d'athlètes d'élite qui participera au Championnat canadien 2009 de course sur route sur 10 km, à Toronto, le 17 octobre. Le Championnat 2009 a lieu dans le cadre du Oasis Zoo Run et comprend la finale du Circuit national de courses sur route Timex.

Les élites sur la ligne de départ

Simon Bairu

Simon Bairu, de Regina, en Saskatchewan, est le champion défendant de la course sur route de 10 km, et il avait aussi remporté le titre en 2006. Lors du Championnat d'athlétisme de 2009, il a remporté l'or au 5000 mètres; en 2007, il est allé à Osaka, au Japon, pour courir contre les meilleurs au monde lors du Championnat du monde. La meilleure performance personnelle de Bairu au 10 km est de 28 minutes 29 secondes établie en 2007 lors du 10 km Nordion à Ottawa.

Reid Coolsaet

De Hamilton, Ontario, Reid Coolsaet a récemment pris part au marathon du Championnat du monde de 2009 tenu à Berlin, en Allemagne, où il a réussi son record personnel. Coolsaet s'était qualifié pour le Mondial en gagnant le Championnat canadien du marathon plus tôt au cours de l'année, lors de son premier marathon à vie. Il a terminé 5ème lors du Championnat 2006 du 10 km. Lors du Championnat d'athlétisme en juin, il a gagné le 10 000 mètres.

Malindi Elmore

Malindi Elmore, de Calgary, en Alberta, est la championne défendant du 1500 mètres et a terminé deuxième cette année lors du Grand Prix Reebok à New York. Elle a aussi prix le deuxième rang du mille lors du premier Festival de l'excellence à Toronto.

Ryan McKenzie

Ryan McKenzie, de Windsor, en Ontario, ne fera pas que concourir pour le titre masculin canadien, il est aussi un membre de l'équipe provinciale de Colombie-Britannique du Circuit national de courses sur route Timex, qui essaiera aussi de remporter le titre national. McKenzie a participé au Championnat du 10 km de 2006 où il a terminé 6ème, il est le champion canadien 2007 du 1500 mètres, et a terminé 3ème plus tôt cette année à Victoria, C-B, lors du 10 km Times Colonist.

Taylor Milne

De Guelph, en Ontario, Taylor Milne participe à son troisième championnat canadien du 10 km. Il a déjà capturé l'argent en 2007 et terminé 7ème en 2008. Lors du Festival de l'excellence de 2009 à Toronto, il a remporté l'argent au mille; en 2008, il a participé au 1500 mètres des Jeux olympiques de Pékin, en Chine.

Dylan Wykes

Dylan Wykes, de Kingston, en Ontario, est le champion 2007 du 10 km. Il fut un coéquipier marathonien de Coolsaet lors du Championnat du monde à Berlin. Il a établi un nouveau record personnel cette année sur 10 km, terminant deuxième en 29 minutes et 12 secondes lors du Vancouver Sun Run.

Prix et champions

Les titres canadiens ne seront pas les seuls à être contestés le 17 octobre; les champions vétérans et des catégories d'âge, ainsi que les champions individuels et par équipe du Circuit Timex viseront tous des prix au zoo.

Aussi un moyen de ramasser des fonds pour le zoo de Toronto, la course aura lieu sur les routes autour du zoo et fera une boucle sur le terrain du zoo. Pour plus d'information concernant le Championnat canadien de course sur route sur 10 km, veuillez consulter


10km Canadian Championships August 11, 2009

2009 10km Canadian Championships to take place at Oasis Zoo Run

OTTAWA — Athletics Canada announced today that the 2009 10km Road Race Championships will take place as part of the Oasis Zoo Run held October 17 at the Toronto Zoo in Toronto, ON. The event will also serve as the stage for the grand finale of the 2009 Timex National Road Race Series which comprises of over 110 races with in excess of 140,000 participants every year.

"Athletics Canada is very happy to have our 10km national championships take place during the Oasis Zoo Run organized by Canada Running Series. We also have the pleasure of partnering with them for the Canadian Half Marathon Championships and for this summer's World Cup Marathon project in Berlin," commented Martin Goulet, Athletics Canada Chief High Performance Officer. Goulet added, "I am confident they will deliver a first class event to our athletes and spectators alike."

"We're just delighted," said Alan Brookes, Race Director for Canada Running Series. "This is an outstanding opportunity to grow our sport — to bring together the Federation, Canada's two premier running Series, and two marvelous sponsors in Oasis Juices [Lassonde] and Timex Canada. Together, we can build a bigger, better, higher profile, more exciting event that makes everyone — and especially the sport — a winner."

A number of star athletes took part in last year's event held in Ottawa including race winner Simon Bairu of Regina, SK, Eric Gillis from Guelph, ON, Giitah Macharia of Oakville, ON and Taylor Milne from Guelph, ON. Gillis and Milne were members of last summer's Olympic Games team with Macharia set to take part in the upcoming World Championships beginning August 15 in Berlin, Germany.

About the event

Timex National Road Race Series Finale (TNRRS)

Great Timex prizing will be up for grabs for participants and provincial teams taking part in the Timex National Road Race Series Finale. Follow this link for more information regarding the TNRRS, to see provincial calendars and for up to date provincial standings.


10km Canadian Championships 11 août 2009

Le Championnat canadien 2009 du 10 km aura lieu à l'Oasis Zoo Run

OTTAWA — Aujourd'hui, Athlétisme Canada a annoncé que le Championnat canadien 2009 du 10 km sur route aura lieu dans le cadre de l'Oasis Zoo Run le 17 octobre au zoo de Toronto, à Toronto, ON. L'événement sera aussi le site de la grande finale du Circuit national de courses dur route Timex de 2009, qui comprend plus de 110 courses avec plus de 140 000 participants à chaque année.

« Athlétisme Canada est très heureux que le championnat nationale du 10 km ait lieu dans le cadre de l'Oasis Zoo Run organisé par le Circuit de courses du Canada. « Nous avons aussi le plaisir d'être leur partenaire pour le Championnat canadien de demi-marathon et pour le projet de Coupe du monde de marathon de cet été à Berlin », commente Martin Goulet, le chef de la direction technique nationale d'Athlétisme Canada. Goulet ajoute, « Je suis confiant qu'ils organiseront un événement de première classe pour les athlètes et les spectateurs ».

« Nous sommes simplement ravis, » dit Alan Brookes, directeur de course pour le Circuit de courses du Canada. « Ceci représente une opportunité formidable de grandir pour notre sport- de rassembler ensemble la fédération, les deux plus importants circuits de courses du Canada, et deux commanditaires fabuleux, les jus Oasis [Lassonde] et Timex Canada. Ensemble, nous pouvons bâtir un meilleur profil, plus élevé, plus gros. Un événement plus excitant qui font de tous, et spécialement du sport, des gagnants. »

Plusieurs athlètes étoiles ont participé à l'événement de l'année passée tenu à Ottawa, dont le gagnant de l'épreuve, Simon Bairu, de Regina, SK, Eric Gillis, de Guelph, ON, Giitah Macharia, d'Oakville, ON, et Taylor Milne, de Guelph, ON. Gillis et Milne étaient des membres de l'équipe des Jeux olympiques d'été de l'an passé. Macharia participera prochainement au Championnat du monde qui commencera le 15 août à Berlin, en Allemagne.

À propos de l'événement

Finale du Circuit national de courses sur route Timex (CNCRT)

Des prix formidable de Timex seront disponibles pour les participants et les équipes participant à la Finale du Circuit national de courses sur route Timex. Veuillez suivre ce lien pour obtenir plus d'information concernant le CNCRT, pour voir les calendriers provinciaux et les classements provinciaux à jour.


Moses Macharia mauls record field at Oasis ZooRun; Kortchaguina takes hard-fought women's race

Lioudmila Kortchaguina

TORONTO. October 18th, 2008. Kenya's Moses Macharia was the class of the field at this morning's OASIS ZooRun 10K, leading from start to finish for a convincing victory in 29:41, over Josephat Ongeri [30:20] and Pius Korir [30:41]. Toronto's Lioudmila Kortchaguina, Canada's #1 ranked Women's marathoner, won a hard-fought battle to take the women's title in 36:08 on the rolling, winding, scenic Toronto Zoo course. The women's race, which even featured some exciting hand-to-hand combat, saw the top 4 cross the line within a 20-second span: Kenya's Agnes Ngunriji claimed 2nd in 36:14; Milton's Josiane Aboungono took 3rd in 36:21; and Kingston's Paula Wiltse capped a fine year in 4th in 36:28. She was also first Masters' woman.

Moses Macharia

A record, sell-out field of over 4,100 enjoyed the excellent conditions and the fine Fall scenery of the Rouge Valley at the Toronto Zoo, as the Canada Running Series ended its 2008 season on a suitably high note. More than 2600 were entered in the OASIS ZooRun 10K presented by Reebok, another 1200 in the 5K, and more than 300 children in the CubRun. Macharia took off from the start under clear blue, sunny skies and a chilly 4 degrees, and the result was never in doubt. Today's victory concluded a fine, profitable season on the CRS circuit for the 30 -year old from Nyahururu. He won Harry's Spring Run Off Toronto 8K in April, placed 2nd at Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal, won the Sporting Life 10K in May, won the Scotia Vancouver Half in June, and placed 3rd to Ongeri at the Nissan Toronto Ten Miler in July. He will return to Nyahururu on November 15th, a job well done.

The Toronto Zoo Foundation ended the day with more than $20,000 to help endangered species at the Zoo, the "Two Bears" won the Adult "Best-animal Dressed" contest, and the Frog beat the Tiger in the Kids' Costume contest.

Canada Running Series 2008 ended with a record number of over 44,000 participants in the eight-event circuit, and a record of more than $2.5 million raised for 70+ local charities in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Online registration for Canada Running Series 2009, including popular "Combo Packs", opens on Monday, November 10th. Next year will be the 20th anniversary for Canada's #1 running circuit.


Jean Claude Nduwingoma provides thrilling finish to Canada Running Series '07 at Oasis ZooRun 10k

Jean Claude Nduwingoma

TORONTO. October 13th. Jean Claude Nduwingoma of Montreal provided a thrilling finish to a marvellous, record-breaking Canada Running Series '07, as he out-sprinted a lead pack of seven to cross the line first in 29:56 at today's Oasis ZooRun 10k, presented by Reebok. Kenyan Pauline Githuka, who has been staying in Milton for the season, won the women's race more comfortably in 35:11.

The 19 year old from Montreal treated a record, sell-out field of almost 2,500 runners to a rare road appearance, as he used his youth and track speed to sprint away from Kenyans David Karanja, Augustus Kavutu and Josephat Ongeri in the final 100m. They finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in 29:57, 29:58 and 30:06; Toronto's Giitah Macharia was 5th in 30:08, Kenyan Pius Korir was 6th in 30:14, with Danny Kassap [Toronto] 7th in 30:19.

After summers on the track, Nduwingoma has now won the Oasis ZooRun 10k two years in a row. The young Montrealer came to Canada in 2003 as part of the Burundian team at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, where he placed 6th in the 3,000m in 7:58. After the Championships he elected to stay in Canada with an aunt who had emigrated to Montreal 10 years earlier. He was not sorry to leave war-torn Burundi. "The nights were the worst," he recalled. "During the day it was a bit calmer. But the same people who were good during the day became murderers at night." His speed in the final dash to the line today, and his confident, two glances back over his shoulder to make sure he stayed ahead of the Kenyan pack, gave promise of a great future ahead on the roads.

Pauline Githuka

Under cool, cloudy skies and breezy conditions, Pauline Githuka had a much easier time of taking the women's title on the rolling, and rambling, scenic course inside the Toronto Zoo grounds. She led from the start, finishing 30 seconds ahead of Canadian Olympian, Lisa Harvey of Calgary [35:41]. Burlington's Rebecca Stallwood was just behind in 35:56.

Another 1,000+ participants ran the accompanying Oasis ZooRun 5K and more than 200 children ran the 500m CubRun for those under 12 years.

The 10k also saw some exciting battles for final Canada Running Series 2007 placings. Running on tired legs following his 2:17 at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2 weeks ago, Danny Kassap still managed to get close enough to Giitah Macharia to give him this year's Series crown, with 149 points to Macharia's 142. Lisa Harvey becomes Women's Series champ with an impressive 165 points.

Ottawa's Andre Okenge and Montreal's Louis-Philippe Garnier engaged in a thrilling battle for Men's Masters title, with Okenge winning at Oasis ZooRun by a lean—1 second. Despite Okenge's heroics, Garnier's 2nd place 52 points, and his victory over Okenge at Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal in April, carried him to the CRS07 title, 157 to 144 points.

While Kingston's Paula Wiltse won today's Women's Masters race in 36:09, third-place Liz Maguire of Osgoode, near Ottawa, did enough in coming home 3rd, two weeks after her Toronto Waterfront Marathon run, to give her 149 points on the season and make her the new Series [Women's Masters] Champion. Montreal's Isabelle Ledroit was 2nd on the day, and 2nd for the season with 136 points; Wiltse took 3rd place in the Series with 105 points.


The record turn out, the thrilling head-to-head competition, and the all-around festive atmosphere underscored what a marvellous year it has been for Canada's premier road race circuit. A total of almost 40,000 participants entered the 8 events in this year's Canada Running Series, and together, they helped raise over $1.7 million dollars for some 60+ local charities in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront brought us the fastest marathon ever run on Canadian soil [2:09:30] and a new women's course record. The Sporting Life 10k was won in a course record of 27:47, with three guys going under 28 minutes. There were also new course records at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half, and the all-new Nissan Toronto Ten Miler brought an important new distance into the circuit.

The joy on the runners faces in the fabulous website photo galleries this year, and the truly remarkable amount raised for charity, underscored the Series' mantra that it is equally for "completers" as well as "competers". Online entry opens for most CRS '08 events on November 1st. Enter early to avoid disappointment from guaranteed sell outs!


Giitah Macharia wins ZooRun 10K to take CRS 2005 crown

Giitah Macharia edges out Jean-Claude Nduwingoma

Photos by Inge Johnson and Alan Brookes

TORONTO, ON. 15 October 2005. For the third time in the Canada Running Series this year, Giitah Macharia of St. Catharines did what he had to do, then unleashed his deadly finishing kick to win the ZooRun 10K this morning in 30:18. Today's sprint to the line gave Macharia a one-second victory over exciting new talent, 19-year old Jean-Claude Nduwingoma of Montreal. Kenyans Abel Ondeyo and Joseph Ekuom were 3rd and 4th, with Montrealers taking the next 4 places. With race and Series titles, it was a $4,000 morning for the soft-spoken Macharia.

Megan Brown, women's winner

On the women's side, Megan Brown of Puslinch had an easier time, with a comfortable 46-second win over Tania Jones of Maple (35:33 to 36:19), followed by Shari Boyle of Toronto (36:42). Boyle's 3rd place was good enough to give her the CRS2005 Women's title. Nancy Tinari of Coquitlam was just behind (37:10)—a performance that ensured she would repeat as CRS2005 Masters Women's champ.

Conditions were almost perfect, with sunny skies and mild temperatures for the record 2,331 participants who helped raise more than $10,000 to assist the Toronto Zoo in its efforts to preserve endangered species. The Fall colours were at their best in the sunlight as the runners cruised around the 710 acres of the Zoo grounds, past many of the 5,000 resident animals. To add further to the entertainment of the morning, Guinness Marathon World Record holder, Michal Kapral of Team Reebok, aka The Joggler, made an encore, cameo appearance, joggling the 10K in 39:22.

Full results and photos at


Giitah Macharia wins ZooRun 10K to take CRS2004 crown

Giitah Macharia, photo by Alan Brookes TORONTO. 16 October 2004. All of the 2004 season was on the line for Giitah Macharia at the second annual ZooRun10k, and the Congolese runner from St. Catherines came through in fine style. To win the 2004 Canada Running Series title (and $2,500 in cash), he had to win, and did so convincingly in 30:15, ahead of 4 Algerians and Curtis Archibald from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The victory, on the scenic but rolling and winding course inside the Toronto Zoo, gave Macharia the crown with 144 points to Danny Kassap's 138. A second-place finish would have left him 2 points adrift of Kassap. Archibald was part of a contingent of 17 runners from Team Nova Scotia, who used the event as their Run Nova Scotia season finale.

Nicole Stevenson, photo by Alan BrookesOn the women's side, Nicole Stevenson of Toronto put in a very strong 34:12 clocking for the win, just 7 days after her disappointing 2:39 at the Chicago Marathon. Coquitlam's Nancy Tinari was second overall, and first master, with 14 year-old Stephanie Smith of Aurora 3rd in 37:08, and Christina Etter of Bedford, NS in 4th on the challenging course. Last year's defending CRS champion, Stevenson made enough points at ZooRun to place second to Lioudmila Kortchaguina in the final CRS2004 standings (150 to 138 points).

Richard Lee of Port Coquitlam won a spirited battle against Toronto's Jerry Kooymans and Jamie Black (33:07 to 33:27, and 34:36), to retain his CRS Men's Masters crown.

Lynn Kobashi's (Toronto Longboat Roadrunners) 3rd place at the Zoo in 40:48 was enough to catapult her over Angie Ferraro and Carolyn Silvey to take this year's CRS Masters' Women's title, 98 points to 93 points, to 86.

Almost 2,000 runners enjoyed a rare morning of occasional sunshine and blue skies, as they ran amongst the lions, tigers and bears to help raise monies for the protection of endangered species.