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Canada names 2011 Panamerican Youth Team

Athletics Canada names 2011 Panamerican Junior Championship Team

Canada Youth Team

Canada Youth Team

Ottawa, Ont. – Athletics Canada officially announced today a contingent of 55 junior aged athletes (16-19 years of age) that will travel to Miramar, Florida to compete at the 2011 Panamerican Junior Championships July 22-24. [Read more…]

Canadian Ultra Runners names 2011 Team

National Team for 2011.

Jackie Muir

Jackie Muir

The Association of Canadian Ultra Runners has named the National Team for 2011 that will represent Canada at the World 50 Mile Trail Championships, to be held in Connemara National Park on the west coast of Ireland on July 9th, 2011.

This impressive team is comprised of six men and six women who will represent Canada from coast to coast in the Canadian Delegation of Ireland:

Men’s Team                                                           Women’s Team:

Ryne Melchner                    B.C.                            –     Denise McHale                  YT

Jason Loutitt                      B.C.                             –     Jude Ultra                          B.C.

Glen Redpath                    NY                                –     Jackie Muir                        B.C.

Adam Hill                            ON                              –     Laurie McGrath                  ON

Tim Wiens                            B.C.                            –     Tracy Gameau                   B.C.

Andy Nicol                         B.C.                            –     Lisa Leskien                        ON

This is the first National Team nomination for Jackie Muir, who is a physiotherapist in Vancouver B.C., and a member of the Kintec/HOKA Race Team.

With over twelve years of running experience, Jackie first discovered her love for the sport in the simplicity of putting on a pair of shoes and going where her feet would take her. Jackie enjoys running both as a way to explore when traveling and to keep her striving towards her goals. Her accomplishments have lead her to qualify for the international ultrarun back in April, at the Mount Si 50 miler in Snoqualmie, Washington.

“This will be my first time representing Canada at the World Championships, qualifying at the 2010 Mount Si 50 mile race with a 7 hours and 40 minutes race time,” Muir said.

As part of the Kintec/HOKA Race Team, Jackie was selected based on her role in the running community, being a good ambassador and educator of the sport. Her Kintec/HOKA Race Team shares numerous podium finishes and race completions of varying distances. While she isn’t training for her international race in Ireland, Jackie and her team will be knocking off events such as the Boston Marathon, Western States 100-miler, Wasatch Front 100-miler, and many more.

Moiben wins Ottawa Marathon 2011

Ottawa Marathon

Ottawa Marathon

May 29, 2011, OTTAWA – Under overcast skies this morning, a Kenyan man and Ethiopian woman took top spots trying out Ottawa Race Weekend’s new marathon route along crowd-filled Ottawa-Gatineau streets.

No records were broken this year as Laban Moiben of Trento, Kenya ran 2:10:17 in a sprint to the finish with Dereje Abera Ali of Briarcliff, Ethiopia, who trailed by only one second. No stranger to Ottawa, Moiben placed second in the 2010 Ottawa Marathon with 2:09:43. [Read more…]

Ethiopia rules in Ottawa 10K 2011

Dire Tune - Ottawa 10k 2011

Dire Tune - Ottawa 10k 2011

May 28, 2011, OTTAWA – Unpredictable weather conditions today stayed favourable for the nearly 10,000 runners participating in the Ottawa Race Weekend 10K race at 6:30 p.m.

Ethiopians again took top spots in both the men’s and women’s races. Deriba Merga improved his third place finish in 2010 to finish first with 28:30. Dire Tune crossed at 31:43, her second consecutive Ottawa 10K win and about 30 seconds faster than 2010. It is also her second time finishing ahead of her male counterpart – women elite athletes started 3 minutes and 55 seconds ahead of the men. For her efforts she’ll take home $6,000 US for being lead women, and an additional $4,000 for being first to cross the finish line. [Read more…]

2011 Canadian Championship Series

Athletics Canada 2011 Canadian Championship Series kicks off Sunday with Half Marathon

Reid Coolsaet

Reid Coolsaet

OTTAWA – The Canadian Half Marathon Championships are set for this Sunday in Montreal serving as the kick off to Athletics Canada’s 2011 Canadian Championship Series.  The Half Marathon Championships are hosted for the fourth consecutive year in conjunction with the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal.  Organized and staged by Canada Running Series, the race on Sunday begins at 10:00am with the course looping through Parc Jean-Drapeau on both Ste-Helene and Notre Dame Islands. [Read more…]