Davies runs 16:08.5 to break Tara Quinn Smith's record of 16:15.7 set in 2009; Lioudmila Kortchaguina Sets New Masters Record of 17:19.4.
Mary Davies of New Zealand took the lead at the 1K mark in today's Sports 4 Emily Mondor Memorial 5K Race for women and never looked back as she ran to a new course record of 17:08. At the gun Amy Van Alstine of Flagstaff, Arizona took the lead and held it until just before the 1K mark where Davies took over. They passed the first K in 3:05. Van Alstine shadowed Davies through the turnaround on the out and back course. By 3K Davies started to pull away and she widened her lead to the finish. Van Alstine placed second in 16:20.8.
Davies who now lives in Ottawa collected $1000 for winning and $1000 for breaking the course record.
Lioudmila Kortchaguina edged out Paula Wiltse (17:21.0) the former Masters record holder.
After a one-year hiatus Sports 4, Ottawa's premier running store, re-introduced prize money for the top overall, masters and team competition and for age-group records.
300 women completed the 5K with 22 women breaking 20 minutes.
137 finished the Children's 1K run with Jenna Matsukubo winning in 3:53.1, the first time the race has had a girl overall winner.
Start of the 2012 Sports 4 Emilie Mondor Memorial 5K Race for Women in Ottawa (Photo: RunnersWeb.com)
Top 10 Open:
1. Mary Davies, Ottawa, ON 16:08.5 - $1000*
2. Amy Van Alstine, Flagstaff, Arizona 16:20.8 - $750
3. Lioudmila Kortchaguina, Thornhill, ON 17:19.4 - $550
4. Paula Wiltse, Brockville, ON 17:21.0 $400
5. Chantelle Wilder, Los Gatos, California 17:28.3 $300
6. Leah Larocque, Kanata, ON 17:30.4
7. Shona McCulloch, Ottawa, ON 17:34.1
8. Josiane Aboungono, Toronto, ON 17:39.9
9. Kerri Labrecque, Ottawa, ON 18:14.1
10. Liz Maguire, Ottawa, ON 18:31.2
* Plus $1000 for a course record
Top 5 Masters:
1. Lioudmila Kortchaguina, Thornhill, ON 17:19.4 - $500**
2. Paula Wiltse, Brockville, ON 17:21.0
3. Liz Maguire, Ottawa, ON 18:31.2
4. Carolyn Turner, Ottawa, ON 20:02.0
5. Marian Coke, Ottawa, ON 20:24.7
** Plus $500 for a new masters course record
Jenna Matsukubo winning the children's 1K in 3:53.1
Mary Davies of the OAC Racing Team breaks the tape to set a new course record of 16:08 in the Sports 4 Emilie Mondor Memorial 5K Race for Women (Photo: RunnersWeb.com)
The Running Room won the team competition with the Ottawa Athletic Club Racing Team, who have won the title 5 out of the last 6 years, placing second and the Ottawa Lions placed third.
Complete results are available at: SportStats.ca.
Since it's inception in 2006 the race has ste a standard for women's running:
In 2006 the race was the only women's only race in Canada. Now there are dozens of women-only races.
In terms of number of women under 20:00 the race leads the way:
|Race ||Number of Female Finishers|| Sub 20:||Winning Time:|
|Emilie's Run 2012 ||300 ||22 ||16:08.5|
|Emilie's Run, 2011*|| 335|| 19 ||17:39.4|
|Emilie's Run, 2007|| 240 ||45 ||16:37.1|
|Ottawa Race Weekend 2012 ||4907|| 13 ||17:36.5|
|Toronto Women's 5K 2012 ||664 ||6 ||18:15.1|
|Army Run 5K, 2011 ||4292|| 16 ||17:36.7|
*No prize money
About Emilie's Run
In 2006 the Runner's Web founded the RunnersWeb5K.com Race for Women, Canada's only women's-only race at the time. In 2007 the race was renamed Emilie's Run - The Emilie Mondor Memorial 5K Race for Women in memory of Emilie Mondor, a pioneer in women's running in Canada and the first Canadian woman to run sub 15:00 for 5K. Emilie was an Athens Olympian. She had moved to Ottawa to start training for the marathon with the goal of going to the Beijing Olympics in that event.
About the Runner's Web
The Runner's Web was founded in January of 1997 as a not-for-profit resource site. RunnersWeb.com Inc. is now a small business venture which sponsors the OAC Racing Team (www.OACRacingTeam.com), and Emilie's Run - The Emilie Mondor 5K Race for Women ( www.EmiliesRun.com).
About Somersault Promotions
Somersault Promotions (Somersault.ca) organizes triathlons, duathlons, running, and other start and finish line participation events. They organize and host these community sport, recreation and fitness events solely for the recreational enjoyment of participants of all ages and stages
About Sports 4
Sports 4 has been providing the Ottawa area with quality athletic footwear, clothing and accessories for 30 years.
At both Sports 4 locations, you will find various brands of shoe and apparel lines, including; Asics, UnderArmour, New Balance, Saucony, Brooks, Adidas, Mizuno, Umbro, and many more. All of our employees are highly trained to ensure that our customers are properly fit for their particular feet and shown the footwear and clothing that is appropriate for the activity that they are doing
Visit the website at: Sports4.ca.