While most local may have still been asleep, hundreds of runners took part in the Toronto Women’s 10K/5K on Saturday morning.

The event at Sunnybrook Park featured an out-and-back course on an ideal morning for road racing in the Ontario capital. The TO Women’s Run Series aims to “offer a racing season that motivates and inspires women to come set the pace.”

What a beautiful start to our 5K race! #towomensruns #womensetthepace #setthepace

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The Aug. 26 event was the second of three Toronto Women’s Run Series races. The third and final event of 2017 goes off Oct. 14, also at Sunnybrook Park. The October event features an 8K and a 5K to cap off the year. The series so far this year has raised more than $25,000 for the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

Sporting race bib number one, Sarah Elliott won the 10K in 36:33, 37 seconds clear of the field. Lauren King won the 5K 17:48 with a 78-second margin on second place. According to Sportstats, there were upwards of 750 participants who took part in the double-race event.

And they're off! #towomensruns #womensetthepace #setthepace

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Done and now I'm recovery mode (by that I mean getting my compression tights on and having a nap). I made a rookie mistake today and went out too hard and too fast for the first 2 km. I was 1:20min/km faster than my current race pace and just couldn't keep it up. I'm really disappointed as I have been working on this particular issue with EVERY training run. By 4km I knew I had lost all energy and wasn't going to meet today's time goal. So I regrouped and refocused and thought about what time I would need to be happy with my progress to date and made that my new goal. Happy to say I made that one! Perhaps trying to cut almost 10 minutes off you 10km time in 8 weeks was a little aggressive, so I'll take my 7&1/2 min and be happy! #womensetthepace #canadianrunner #glutenfreerunner #irunthisbody #runlikeagirl #runnersofinstagram #dreambigprincess

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On the other side of the country, the 39th annual Calgary Women’s Run takes place on Sunday morning.

Toronto Women’s Run Series results can be found here: 5K and 10K.


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