by Scott McDermott
Nearly 75 Sylvan Lakers took part in the annual Woody’s Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km run on the weekend.
The 15th annual running of the event saw record numbers and the weather held on for a near perfect day. The pre-race supper featured Kyle Shewfelt, Canada’s 2004 gold medalist in gymnastics from the Olympic games in Athens, Greece. His speech was absolutely brilliant and touched on the long and challenging journey to winning his medal. Through the talk, he tied in the goal setting, setbacks, challenges and victories to the common thread that runners face.
With Boston on the minds of many, the race went smoothly with no issues and several signs and notes of respect during the day. Medals this year featured gold and purple — in honour of the Boston Marathon.
Several Lakers did very well in the full marathon, including Julian Price, who ran an amazing 3:03 full marathon, just 5 weeks after running a sub 3 hour race in the fateful Boston Marathon on April 15th. This was good enough for fourth place in a very competitive category.
Alex Lambert ran a 3:33:24 which earned her second place in her division, and fourth place female overall. Lyn Beckwith from Eckville ran a 4:05:27 — winning her age group.
In the Half Marathon Amy Komarniski ran down a fifth place finish with a 1:40:56, while Denis Leclerc placed fourth with his 1:32:18.
The 10km run was very competitive with no Lakers cracking top positions.
(apologies for any errors or omissions-sm)