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2012 Results - Oregon Relays(Apr 22nd 2012, 3:44am)
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Sun Run recap(Apr 16th 2012, 5:21pm)



Sun Run recap

Published by
Ben Thistlewood   Apr 16th 2012, 5:21pm

Point Grey TFC turned in some strong performances at the Vancouver Sun Run yesterday, led by Samuel Pawluk's eighth place overall finish.




Overcast and cool, but slightly windy, the conditions were near perfect for Canada's largest 10 km road race, whch attracted 48, 904 participants.


The University of Regina's Kelly Wiebe was the surprise winner of the men's race. In what was his first major road race, he outkicked Lethbridge's Kip Kangogo in the last 100 m to become the second Canadian in a row to win the Sun Run. Wiebe's winning time was 29:12.


From the gun, Pawluk went out with the lead pack, but fell slightly back around 2.5 km as the leaders surged coming out of Stanley Park and onto Beach Ave. Pawluk would not be passed by anyone from that point on though, as he held on to finish eighth place, in 30:55. He was also the top BC/local finisher.


After a conservative start, Ben Thistlewood nearly caught Pawluk at the finish, finishing 10th in 31:00.


Dylan Gant fought a stitch during the last half of the race but still turned in a top-20 performance, clocking 32:22, good for 18th.


Nick Thomas and Aaron Weidman finished seconds apart, at 35:18 (75th place overall) and 35:21 (76th place overall) respectively.


Coach Richard Lee also ran, nearly breaking the top 100 overall, finishing 108th in 36:27.


Our top woman was Sabrina Wilkie, who ran 36:31, and was two seconds and two spots out of finishing in the top 10 in the women's field; she wound up 12th.


Local road racing veteran Natasha Fraser, of Port Moody, won the women's race in 34:11.


Katrina Bruckschwaiger was content to get under 37:30, as she crossed the line at 37:25, and Kirsten Lee ran a one minute personal best of 42:24.


We'd like to extend a huge thank you to the organizers for providing the elite athlete assistance before and after the race.





The track season starts to heat up this weekend as Nigel Hole travels to Los Angeles, CA, to compete in the Mt SAC Relays, while Kerry Kazuta, Sam Pawluk and Ben Thistlewood are planning on heading down the I-5 to Eugene, OR, for the Oregon Relays.


The following weekend is the Times Colonist 10 K road race, in Victoria, BC, and down in the Bay Area, California, the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Cal Berkeley and the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford.

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