2016 LRW: Top athletes, good weather, great results
The Limestone Race Weekend, Kingston’s biggest annual running event, wrapped up on Sunday, April 24, which turned out to be a beautiful spring day. Each race saw larger numbers over previous years, and judging by the broad, weary smiles and fast finishing times, many runners relished the friendly competition. Weather conditions ranged from dry and cool, to partly cloudy with 100% chance of…mayflies. Half-marathon finishers arrived with dozens (hundreds?) of these tiny black bugs stuck to their faces and clothes, but the pests proved no distraction for focused athletes.
Saturday’s Kids 2K START2FINISH was more accessible this year as the race changed venue and distance. The entire course is now off-road, winding through MacDonald Park. Children as young as three years old took on the challenge to win prizes generously donated by Runners’ Choice and Kingston Clippers Soccer Club, among others.
The KGH Trauma 10K Run followed with 111 purple-clad participants blasting through the mayfly clouds to Portsmouth Harbour, Ontario Park and back to the finish. (Did the thermometer drop 10°?)
10K Top Males:
- Ryan MacDonell 34:29.31
- Tom Glassco 35:04.91
- Alex Drover 36:48.66
10K Top Females:
- Erin Gregory 39:09.59
- Suzanne Kerr 40:18.18
- Kendra Burns 42:22.41
Sunday’s 5K and Historic Half Marathon could not have been held under better conditions and speed was the order of the day with an unusually large number of sub-1:30 finishes in the Half. Four of the top 10 Half finishers cheered their coach Al Cantlay of Runners Choice, who had his fingerprints all over their amazing times.
5K Top Males:
- Jeff Costen 15:32.3
- Kevin Azocar 15:40.2
- Clay Patterson 15:45.8
5K Top Females:
- Julie Anne Staehli 17:28.6
- Brianna Bradley 18:05.5
- Veronica Allan 18:50.3
Historic Half Marathon Top Males:
- Jeff Archer 1:14:29.8
- Trevor Reid 1:21:09
- Tim Gillespie 1:21:51.7
Historic Half Marathon Top Females:
- Katie Phillips 1:21:19.9
- Paula Wiltse 1:25:25.5
- Maureen Mahoney 1:25:49
The 3-Person Team Competition was held for the second year and more teams took up the challenge, showing the depth of talent in the Limestone City. The second place team were out-of-towners, but the first and third place teams were homegrown. Both teams came out of the ranks of Al Cantlay’s coached Tuesday nights (notice the 3rd place team’s name) and Saturday sessions. For those unfamiliar with this added component of Limestone Race Weekend, each team is comprised of one participant from the 5K, 10K, and Half races; with minimum one female. Finishing ranks are added together and the team with the lowest score is adjudged the fastest team.
3-Person Competition Top Teams:
- Humble Kevin & the Kids: Kevin Webster (5K: 9th), Louise De Lannoy (10K: 17th), Robert Talaricio (Half: 6th)
- Future Glue: Remy Binns (5K 4th), Tom Glassco (10K: 2nd), Laura Seeley (Half: 40th)
- See You Next Tuesday: Jacquie DeWolfe (5K: 31st), Todd Biggerman (10K: 9th), Scott Wilkes (Half: 7th)
Click here for the full list of teams and team rankings. A big thank you to sponsors Kurtis Marlow and Sport-Glo Apparel for the generous prizes they dedicated to this team competition.
Thank you to the Race Team, volunteers, sponsors, contributors…
A huge thank you to all the people who made this event such a success. The KRRA race committee headed by Race Director, Ed Brand, invested much time and energy; bringing in an army of helpful volunteers (some from the actual Canadian Army) to put hands to tasks. Thank you to all the runners and fans who cheered them on.
The event would not be possible without the great support of KRRA’s generous sponsors who committed funds, goods, prizes, services, and time, notably the following:
- Runners’ Choice Kingston
- Align Orthotics & Rehab
- K-Rock, 93.5 Country, KISS 102.7
- Health in Focus
- Sport-Glo Apparel
- East Side Mario’s (Weller off Division)
- DrugSmart Pharmacy
- Pam Mundell Financial Services
- The Water Store
- Kingston Brewing Company
- Kingston Clippers Soccer Club
Here is the first link to LRW photos from the Sunday which were taken by local photographer Peter Stokes. More photos will be arriving but this should tide you over for now…
See you next year…
Mark April 29-30, 2017, on your calendar for next year’s Limestone Race Weekend. In the meantime, enjoy other upcoming KRRA Race Series events: Howe Island 8K Hustle, Canada Day Limestone Mile, Fort Henry 5KXC, and other upcoming races supported by the KRRA.
The final tally for donations to the KGH Trauma Unit and START2FINISH fund is yet to come and photos of the event will be posted soon, so check back for an update on the KRRA’s facebook page, twitter feed, or on the KRRA website.