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Intense Heat Pushed Ottawa 10K Back 30 Minutes

Ottawa 10K delivers thrills despite intense heat
Strong performances by elite Canadian men and women

May 28, 2016 – OTTAWA
The Ottawa 10K start horn blew at 7:00 p.m. tonight – 30 minutes later
than the usual 6:30 p.m. start – to give racers a chance to compete in
slightly cooler evening temperatures.

The
decision to move the race back a half-hour was made earlier in the day
as race officials kept a close eye on weather conditions and consulted
with medical and other experts supporting the race.

A rain shower started shortly after the race began — cooling elites and the roughly 13,000 runners trailing them.

Twenty-two
year-old Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir staggered to a dramatic finish in
31:29 to win first place and the race’s gender challenge prize. This
year, elite women were given a 3 minute 15 second advance start over
their male counterparts. By finishing before the first male in less
than that time gap, Jepchirchir takes home $2,000 US in addition to the
$8,000 US first prize.

Mohammed
Ziani, 23, of Morocco placed first in a near photo-finish with
23-year-old Yitayal Atnafu of Ethiopia. They clocked in at 28:36.5 and
28:36.9 respectively.

Intense
heat didn’t slow down Canadian women, five of whom placed in the top
10. Lanni Marchant, 32, from London finished with 32:08.  She was
followed closely by Natasha Wodak, 34, from Vancouver with 33:51 and
Rachel Hannah, 29, from Guelph, Ontario with 34:36.

Three
Canadian men finished in the top 10 and all in the 30 minute range.
Reid Coolsaet, 36 from Guelph, Ontario ran to a 30:19 finish. He was
followed by Kevin Friesen, 28 from Vancouver with 30:31 and
Pier-Olivier Laflamme, 28, from Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec with 30:45.

Quotes:

“Peres
Jepchirchir put in a gutsy performance tonight. She ran the first two
kilometres at world record pace. She slowed down as the race
progressed, but her performance was incredibly strong considering the
warm weather conditions.”

Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator, Run Ottawa

“The
men’s race was an example of road racing at its most exciting. They
gave spectators a very tight race right down to the wire.”

Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator, Run Ottawa

“Our
primary concern tonight was our runners. We moved the time of the
Ottawa 10K to give them the best race experience despite the weather
conditions. We cautioned them to hydrate well, adjust their pace to
accommodate the heat, and pay attention to our race crew for news and
information. We were fortunate to have a rain shower just as the race
got underway, which cooled runners down and resulted in less pressure
on our medical services.”

John Halvorsen, President and Race Director, Run Ottawa


About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 
The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa
Race Weekend is welcoming 47,000 participants in six races, including
the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the
Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is one of only two running events in the
world to host two IAAF Gold Label races – the Ottawa 10K and the
Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. The 2016 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will
take place on May 28-29, 2016. Visit us at 
www.runottawa.ca

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