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Canadian Record Holders to Face Off at St Patrick's Day 5K

Posted 6 months ago

(Vancouver, BC – March 13, 2018) A captivating head-to-head contest between two in-form Canadian record holders will highlight Saturday’s St Patrick’s Day 5K presented by BMO, the 2018 BC 5K Championship and the fourth race in the BC Super Series.

Rachel Cliff, who set the Canadian Half Marathon record of 1:10:08 in Texas earlier this month, will face the Canadian 10,000m (track) and 8K (road) record holder Natasha Wodak, as both athletes make final preparations for the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next month. Cliff and Wodak are no strangers to each other, having found themselves in the same race on 10 previous occasions over the past year, with each coming out top 5 times. Cliff is a three-time former winner of the St Patrick’s Day 5K, and also the event record holder at 16:05, a time which if beaten on Saturday will earn the winner a $250 bonus courtesy of Saucony on top of $500 for the win.

Olympian Lucas Bruchet will also be looking to improve the men’s course record of 14:22, a time he ran in 2016. His chief rival is likely to be Rob Denault from Ontario, but training at the Athletics Canada Western Hub in Victoria. Denault ran 14:12 in California last November, the fastest 5K by a Canadian in 2017. On their last meeting, Bruchet ran out a convincing winner at the BC Cross Country Championships, before going on to win the Canadian Cross Country Championship in Kingston, ON.

Looking to spoil the party will be a host of other talent. World Championship marathoner Dayna Pidhoresky will not relinquish the title she won last year easily, and will be eager to add another title to the BC 8K Championship she won in January. Lindsay Carson and Erica Digby, fresh off representing Canada at the Pan American Cross Country Championships will also be in the hunt. So too will be Vancouver Eastside 10K champion Sarah Inglis, and Robyn Mildren who sits second in the BC Super Series rankings behind Cliff.

On the men’s side, a quartet of representatives from last month’s Pan American Cross Country Championships will challenge for the podium, led by recent BC 8K Champion Justin Kent, UBC standout John Gay, Theo Hunt and talented Junior Tyler Dozzi. And Jesse Hooton and Rob Watson will be looking to maintain their place atop of the BC Super Series rankings.

Having come close to having 50 finishers under 17 minutes the last two years, race organizers Karen Warrendorf and Steve Mattina are hoping to break that particular barrier this year. And with representation from all of BC’s university programs taking part, chances are good that this may be Canada’s most competitive 5K race in 2018.

While the serious athletes may have the BC Championship as their goal, many more will come dressed in costume, and will stay for the Irish themed after-party. Proceeds from the event benefit the Canadian Diabetes Association, with over $100,000 donated to date. 

The lead runners will be chasing a Maserati pace car, courtesy of Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver. The race starts at 9:30am on Pipeline Drive, and circles around Brockton Point, before finishing back up Pipeline to the Stanley Park Pavilion. 

Complete race information at http://www.stpatricks5k.com/

The BC Super Series is a collaboration between BC Athletics and 12 of BC’s best road races, http://www.bcathletics.org/BCSuperSeries/. The next event is the Vancouver Sun Run 10K on April 22.

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For more information contact:

Maurice Wilson
BC Athletics
604-333-3553

maurice.wilson@bcathletics.org

Steve Mattina
St Patrick’s Day 5K
604-220-1757

smattina@runningroom.com

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  • anonymous Anonymous
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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Is the distance of this race verified? 15:39 for Wodak on the roads seems a little fast given her track PB is 15:37 and was 2 years ago in the build-up to Rio

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    mauricew said 6 months ago

    Yes, the course was certified in 2014. http://www.acroad.ca/certificates/2014/BC-2014-003-BDC.pdf
    This year, due to construction at the finish line, both the finish and the start were pulled back 52.4m, and signed off by the independent National Certifier.
    Times were in accordance with what might be expected from a field of this caliber given the conditions on the day.

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Can't wait to see how CWG for these athletes!

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Running Magazine - winning times/finish pictures of race

    https://runningmagazine.ca/2018-st-patricks-day-5k-recap/

    This post was edited by a Moderator [Issues] 6 months ago . 
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    Results are here:
    https://www.startlinetiming.com/races/2018/stpat
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    triple zero said 6 months ago

    Wodak's has run 31:41.59 for 10,000m. Is it really so hard to believe that she could run 12 seconds faster for 5k on the roads than what she split at halfway when she ran the Canadian 10,000m record? And before you tell me that her 31:41 was in 2015, just FYI her seasonal bests were 31:53.14 in 2016 and 31:55.47 in 2017.

    The simplest explanation (especially when taking into account the fact that the men's times on the same course weren't anything special) is that Wodak is fit and peaking for the Commonwealth Games 10,000m in 3 weeks. But this is trackie, so we need to go through some mental gymnastics to devalue a great performance, right?

    Quoting: Anonymous
    "Is the distance of this race verified? 15:39 for Wodak on the roads seems a little fast given her track PB is 15:37 and was 2 years ago in the build-up to Rio"

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    truth bringer said 6 months ago

    she's fit - just check her strava

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Quoting: triple zero
    "Wodak's has run 31:41.59 for 10,000m. Is it really so hard to believe that she could run 12 seconds faster for 5k on the roads than what she split at halfway when she ran the Canadian 10,000m record? And before you tell me that her 31:41 was in 2015, just FYI her seasonal bests were 31:53.14 in 2016 and 31:55.47 in 2017 "



    You answered your own question: yes, it was 3 years ago, and she hasn't been within 10 seconds of that time since. And when someone is within 2s of their track PB for 5000m on the roads, and runs (significantly) faster on the roads than they've run on the track in 6 of the last 7 years, yes, it is likely to raise some eyebrows.

    I do hope she's in great form and ready to crush it at CWG - just genuinely surprised given how she's run over this distance recently.

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    Buddy said 6 months ago

    She kicks ass and runs fast

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    Luc has run 13:24 but only managed 14:12 at St. Pat’s 5km. Perhaps it’s a slow course?

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    lolkaaaay said 6 months ago

    Quoting: Anonymous
    "You answered your own question: yes, it was 3 years ago, and she hasn't been within 10 seconds of that time since. And when someone is within 2s of their track PB for 5000m on the roads, and runs (significantly) faster on the roads than they've run on the track in 6 of the last 7 years, yes, it is likely to raise some eyebrows.

    I do hope she's in great form and ready to crush it at CWG - just genuinely surprised given how she's run over this distance recently."


    A couple of things:

    1. 10s over 10 000m isn't huge, especially considering the context of those times in 2016 and 2017 (championship races vs. a time trial for her PB). NW has been in good for form the last 2 years.
    2. NW's 5000m track PB is relatively weak compared to her other performances. If Seccafien, Lalonde and O'Connell can run in that range for 5k road, why not NW?
    3. There aren't many opportunities for fast women's track 5000s or 10 000s. Many of these races are at the same event (eg. Stanford). You can only run one. NW has chosen to run the competitive 10 000s mostly, which makes sense as that is her main event.
    4. A mixed road race provides a better competitive opportunity than most track 5000s because there are plenty of slower men to key off of.
    5. Cliff - a rival - was also in the race, coming off of a CR.
    6. DAE remember NW's 8k Canadian road record? Lol, guess not.
    7. All the other elite performances were within expectations.

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    This feels like a bit of repeat to negative comments regarding RC's Canadian Half record. People whined about Chris pacing her. Can we just be happy for others? There is no need to speculate what doesn't need to speculated. Have you looked at what US women run on the roads? Canadian women's racing is starting to build depth and gradually getting more competitive internationally with performances like Rachel's Half and NW recent 5km.

    I just don't understand why people need to see the glass as half full. Let's celebrate an amazing performance by NW. Completely within range of what she is capable of. Perhaps the bigger issue is that people are stuck in the Canadian bubble of defining what a fast road time is. 15:39 is fast and not outside of what NW can run.

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    And on another side note and friendly reminder.....


    If you wouldn't say what you are posting on trackie to someone's face, please don't post it. Be conscious of the fact that people do in fact read posts. Let's please, please try to build one another up, not tear them down.

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    Anonymous said 6 months ago

    I can only speak to the men here but consistently people will run 20 seconds faster or more on the Track then compared to their st Patrick’s time. The first mile is always too fast and the course is very hilly. Wodak May have benfiited more then the average guy do to more competition but overall I believe she could run 15 seconds if not more faster.

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    ????? said 6 months ago

    why are people so sensitive all the time? the original question was with regards to the courses legitimacy, based on a single persons time comparison. if the course is legit, then great shes in incredible form - good for her. if not, then who cares. with how she handled cliff (whos clearly in great form) then the time is irrelevant anyway.
    nowhere along this thread did i notice any attack on wodak, just people rushing to defend nothingness....

    good for NW. our womens distance is gaining strength every yr

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    ownz it said 5 months ago

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    Triple Zero kills it responding to the genius who questioned the course length.

    It is definitely slower than a flat course, if anything! And obviously it is certified.

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    ownz it said 5 months ago

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    "she hasn't been within 10 seconds of that time since."


    Do you even run??

    12 or 14 seconds off of a ROAD 10k best is darn near effectively tying it.

    12 seconds difference from 1901-second performance is 0.6%. AND CONDITIONS/RACES DIFFER.

    If someone breaks a 10,000 best by 12s, or misses it by 12s, I wouldn't say they smashed it or fell way short, respectively.

    And why on earth would a 31-ANYTHING 10,000 runner NOT be able to do 15:39 for a 5k?? 15:39 * 2 = 31:19 and she has been consistently run within 40s of that for three years running!

    I'd be more surprised if a 31:41 runner DOESN'T break 15:40.

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    Really Am Skuj said 5 months ago

    Wodak is so good that she often is the subject of course length debates. Pioneer 8k from a few years ago was another example. A thread like this is a badge of honour for the subjected runner!!

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