Krista DuChene continued her winning ways in London, Ont. at the second annual Rock the Road 10K on Sunday.
On the men’s side, Hamilton’s Josephat Ongeri took the overall win in a time of 30:09, just over a minute ahead of his nearest competitor Thomas Omwenga. Omwenga, also of Hamilton, just held off Terence Attema, who finished in third just six seconds behind.
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DuChene has been on a tear since her impressive run at the Rotterdam marathon in April. She now hopes to improve her marathon time to a sub-2:30 at the STWM in October, and then follow that up with the world championship marathon in 2013.
Now in it’s second year, Rock the Road is growing at a healthy rate. In 2011, the race attracted 250 runners, but this year that number grew to 323 finishers.
Elite runner and Rock the Road founder Brandon Laan has big plans for the event. “We realized there was kind of a hole in London, ” Laan told reporters over the weekend. “We really want to grow this to 5,000 or 10,000 people. That seems pretty far-fetched right now, but people are responding. I think it’s about creating a product and giving back to the community. That energy comes back to us on race day.”
Rock the Road also more than doubled it’s fundraising efforts this year, pulling together $7,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.