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St Pats 5k — BC 5km Championships

The St Patrick’s Day 5K lived up to its hype as Canada’s most competitive 5K, despite the late withdrawal of several top entrants. Transplanted Scot, Sarah Inglis, broke the Canadian All-Comers record set by Natasha Wodak as last year’s race. Inglis ran a stunning 15:29, with Wodak also 3 seconds under the old mark having to settle for second in 15:36. Wodak’s consolation was an F3539 Canadian record, and the BC Championship.
Event record prize money was also paid out on the men’s side, as John Gay clocked 14:06, the fastest 5K ever seen in BC, also earning him the BC Championship. Justin Kent out-leaned Kieran Lumb for third, both finishing in 14:13, just a second outside the old record set by Luc Bruchet last year.

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Natasha Wodak Blitzes a Canadian All-Comers Record at the St Patrick’s Day 5K

Going into today’s St Patrick’s Day 5K presented by BMO, expectations were high that some records would be broken, and the race sure didn’t disappoint in perfect running conditions. Natasha Wodak ran a blistering quick 15:39, bettering the old record of 15:42 set by Carol Montgomery in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland in 2006. Not to be outdone, Lucas Bruchet also broke his own 2016 course record by 10 seconds, reclaiming the title in 14:12.

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BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K: Wiebe and Cliff Prevail

The 2015 BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K took place today under cloudy skies and mild temperatures. The torrential rain that pummeled Vancouver through the night and into the morning cleared up shortly before the race started.
The winners were Vancouver’s Kelly Wiebe and Rachel Cliff, who repeated her 2014 record-setting performance. They finished the race in 14:27 and 16:15, respectively, while the top-three overall were rounded out by Luc Bruchet, who finished in 14:35 and the 2014 winner Geoff Martinson who finished in 14:39. Dayna Pidhoresky finished the race in second place with a time of 16:37, while Erin Burrett of Nanaimo finished in 16:58. …more at Athletics Illustrated
Also see: Video highlights and interviews

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BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k: Martinson and Cliff Set New Course Records

…The 2014 BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k took place today under cloudy but mild conditions. Winners were Martinson of Victoria, who finished in 14:24, Rachel Cliff of Vancouver with her 16:15. Both are new course records. Masters winners are a pair of Vancouver runners (40-plus), Catherine Watkins with her 17:11 and Kevin O’Connor with his 15:28. …more

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2013 BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k Race Report

VANCOUVER, BC (March 16, 2013) — Despite slightly wet weather, a sold out field participated in the 8th annual BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Two time Olympian Gary Reed was there to start the race — consisting of the strongest field ever, battling it out for the $1,700 in prize money sponsored by the Bank of Montreal and Saucony.

Geoff Martinson from Victoria was the first to cross the finish line in a winning time of 14:38, missing by seconds the course record set by Olympian marathoner Dylan Wykes in 2010. On the women’s side, Sabrina Wilkie of Vancouver was the top female in a time of 17:07.

The race also offers a mile prime sponsored by Realtor Eric Langhjelm. It was a battle to the mile with 2012 winner Mike Sayenko taking home the cash grab. The overall female winner, Sabrina Wilkie, took home the $100 for the women.

BC 5k Road Race Championships

Our overall female and male winners also took home the cash prizing for being the top BC 5k Champions. The overall depth of the field was the strongest ever with 40 people posting a sub-17 minute 5k time, securing the 2013 BMO St Patrick’s Day 5k as one of the fastest and most competitive 5k races in BC.

Come for the Race… Stay for the Party…

It wasn’t all about fast times as the bulk of the race consisted of hundreds of runners and walkers dressed in green with some great costumes. All there to not only take part in the Granville Island Brewing after party but also raising funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Participants were treated to stew from URBAN FARE, be coconut water, cupcakes from the original CUPCAKES on Denman, buns and mint scones from COBS BREADS, chips from OLD DUTCH, STARBUCKS coffee and other treats.

With the now famous “After Party” stretching into the late afternoon, the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day 5k could be considered no less than a complete success!

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Martinson Prevails at the St. Patrick’s Day 5K — On a New, Fast Course

Six days after Victoria’s Geoff Martinson stepped off the plane in Sidney, BC, (feeling completely under the weather) to win a come-from-behind five kilometre race in 14 minutes and 32 seconds against second and third place finishers Ryan Brockerville of Vancouver and Clifford Childs of Victoria, he flew to Vancouver to pull off the trick again. …more