11 p.m., Oct. 8)
minute entry wins Fall Colours Marathon
Carl Lacroix raises his arms in the air as
he crosses the finish line to win the Fall
Colours Marathon at the Cumberland Heritage
Village Museum on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum was a beehive of activity
on Sunday, as more then 1,300 runners took part in the
annual Ottawa Fall Colours Marathon events.
far the biggest field was in the 10K race with over 400
entrants. The event was won by Luc Coté-Robutaille
from Gatineau in a time of 36:46.7.
Saindon from Orléans came in second in a time of
37:36.7, and Matthew Daley from Ottawa finished 28 seconds
half-marathon title went to Richard Carter from Ste-Anne-de-Lac
who completed the 21.1 kilometre course in 1:16:29.8.
top local competitor was Stephane Montpetit from Orléans
who came in 8th place. The top female competitor was Nathalie
Gauthier from Ottawa who crossed the finish line in a
time of 1:36:02.2.
Lacroix from Rockland was the unlikely winner of the Fall
Colours Marathon. He only decided to enter the race the
day before and covered the classic 42.2km distance in
just over three hours despite the fact he didn't trained
for the event at all and hadn't run over 10 kms in more
than a year.
A youngster gets some help encouragement from
his mother in the Fall Colours Most Excellent
Turkey Trot. Fred Sherwin/Photo
haven't run since the Ottawa Race Weekend two years ago.
Outside of teaching phys ed and running two or three times
a week I haven't been running a whole lot," said
:Lacroix after crossing the finish line in a time of 3:01:40.
really came out here to test myself and see what I was
capable of. My goal was to break the course record and
I was on pace through the first 20 kilometres, but then
I started slowing down and I loss about 45 seconds a kilometre.
The second half was really tough."
says he plans to train for next year's event and take
a serious shot of the course record of 2:42:00 held by
Brent McMillan from Sault St. Marie.
top female competitor in the marathon was Kuniko Soda
from Ottawa. The 41-year-old finished third overall in
a time of 3:07:52.7
other events, David McHugh from Ottawa won the 5K in a
time of 16:30.5 and Teagen Harris from Ottawa won the
3K in a time of 11:40.1.
1K Turkey Trot for kids 11 and under was a big hit again
this year with close to 300 youngsters taken part. For
a full list of results go to http://www.sportstats.ca.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
to Front Page