The finish of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin 5K was so close that organizers awarded the victory to two athletes.
Canadians Natasha Wodak and Lyndsay Tessier finished – purposely – with the same time, 17:45, at the Saturday morning race in the Irish capital. (Tessier got the nod in the results by a few-tenths of a second.)
“Fun morning running the @runrocknroll Dublin 5K with @lyndsaytessier!” Wodak posted on Instagram. “Wasn’t about “racing” – just having fun with friends!”
Wodak was coming off a sub-32:00 performance in the women’s 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships in London. The Canadian 10,000m record holder finished 16th in 31:55.47 on Aug. 5. Tessier meanwhile won the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon in 1:17:00 in late June. On Saturday, both were sporting Canadian national team gear.
The close finish made for a pretty memorable photo too as both had a moment to celebrate.
— Rock'n'Roll Dublin (@RnRDublinHalf) August 12, 2017
The Dublin race was part of the popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series. Montreal, in light of Vancouver’s event cancellation, is the lone Canadian stop on the high-energy racing circuit. The Irish stop featured a 5K, 10K and half-marathon with the latter two attracting more than 10,000 runners on Sunday morning.