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Hannah Breaks Course Record at Sports 4 Emilie's Run 5K
Three of the top ten finishers in the all-women's 5K were masters runners. 17 women go under 20:00

Hannah Breaks Course Record at Sports 4 Emilie's Run 5K

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Posted Monday, 23 June, 2014

OTTAWA - Rachel Hannah of Toronto broke the course record at Sports 4 Emilie’s Run 5K in Ottawa this morning, running 15 minutes, 57 seconds to break the previous record of 16:08 set by Kiwi Mary Davies in 2012.

Unlike the last race to produce a record, where Davies had pressure from American Amy Van Alstine until the 4K mark, Hannah was free of the field after the first 100 meters and ran a steady hard pace. Her split times for the Ks were 3:09, 6:18, 9:30, 12:43 and finishing in 15:57.

Robyn Mildren of Guelph out sprinted Masters runner Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, placing second in a personal best time of 17:06. to Kortchaguina's 17:07. Another Masters runner, Paula Wiltse of Brockville, placed 4th in 17:43. Ottawa resident Nadine Frost placed 5th in 18:25.

Three of the top ten - Kortchaguina, Wiltse and Turner are Masters (40+) runners. Seveteen runners broke the 20 minute barrier.

In the accopmanying Half-Marathon - run for the first time this year - Kuniko Soda placed 1st in 1:30:05.1, Anita Keisinger was 2nd in 1:38:28.4, and Jane Rutherford was 3rd in 1:42:55.1.

In the 1K run for children 11 and under Seamus Nangle of Ottawa was 1st in 3:19 and Petra Ginther of Ottawa was the first girl in 3:39.

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 and is organized by Somersault.

Sports 4 Emilie's Run 5K
Ottawa, Canada, Saturday, June 21, 2014

1. Rachel Hannah, Toronto, ON 15:57.5 $1,000
2. Robyn Mildren, Guelph, ON 17:05.7 $750
3. Lioudmila Kortchaguina, Thornhill, ON 17:07.4 $550 plus $750 for 1st Masters for a total of $1,300
4. Paula Wiltse, Brockville,17:43 ON $400
5. Nadine Frost, Ottawa, ON 18:25.5 $300
6. Annie-Claude Gaudet, Ottawa, ON 18:49.9
7. Emily MacLean, Ottawa, ON 19:00.3
8. Lindasay Furtado, Ottawa, On 19:13.1
9. Marie Eve Petrucci, Gatineau, QC 19:21.0
10. Carolyn Turner, Ottawa, ON 19:41.2

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