Another sunny, frosty day greeted the participants of the second race of the spring 5K series at PaceSetter. Nearly the same number of runners took part as last week, while new winners claimed the overall spots.
Gibsons’ Keaton McIlwraith was first across the line, just missing a sub-20 clocking by a couple of seconds but setting a personal best nonetheless. Last Sunday’s winner, Jamie Leveque of Sechelt, was second this week in 21:10.
Top female finisher was Kallalei Ryden of Gibsons, slashing nearly a minute off last week’s clocking to cross the line in 21:23, good for a repeat third place overall. Elphi track teammate Sacha Stipec (Gibsons) ran pretty much the same time as last week (22:10), which had placed her ahead of Ryden in race #1 but second among females this week.
Rounding out the top three was Stephen Rhodes of Gibsons for the men (23:15) and Meaghan Spithoff of Roberts Creek for the women (27:18). Spithoff handed off the baby-jogger-pushing duties to husband Daren this week, allowing her to cut more than three and a half minutes from her time.
Organizers Teresa and Larry Nightingale would like to thank volunteers Susan Blair, Randy Eistetter, Lori and Jamie Leveque, and Alison Rhodes for coming out to help.
Race #3 is next Sunday, March 3, same time, same place: 9 a.m. at PaceSetter.
See results and more details at pacesetterathletic.ca
– Submitted by Teresa Nightingale