Named in memory of the first Canadian woman to have broken the 15-minute barrier in the 5,000m, Emilie’s Run 5K for Women has been an annual event in the nation’s capital since 2005.
The Run Ottawa-hosted event, the same organizers who put on Ottawa Race Weekend, is held in memory of Emilie Mondor, an Olympian who was a force on the cross-country scene, finishing 10th as a junior at the 1998 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships and 12th as a senior at worlds in 2003, the same year she ran 14:59.68 for the 12.5-lap discipline on the track. She finished eighth at the 2004 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships. Before she was able to make her 42.2K debut at the New York City Marathon, the Mascouche, Que. native died in a car accident in September, 2006.
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On a warm morning in Ottawa, 127 participants ran from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum with Kingston, Ont.’s Julie-Anne Staehli, who earlier this year ran for Canada at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships, winning in 16:26. Travelling from Vancouver, and finishing in second, was Natasha Wodak, the Canadian 10,000m record holder, in 16:47. Cleo Boyd, a teammate of Staehli’s with Physi-Kult, was third in 17:01.