The popular Run Barbados race weekend, which annually features a sizeable field of international runners, concluded Sunday, the final of three days of racing.
Among the elites in Barbados were Olympian and Canadian 10,000m record holder Natasha Wodak, Olympian and Canadian marathon record holder Lanni Marchant, 2017 U Sports cross-country champion Sasha Gollish and Under Armour Eastside 10K and Victoria Half champion Sarah Inglis.
Canadians went 1-3-4 in the Colombian Emeralds International 10K led by Wodak followed by Marchant and Katherine Moore. Wodak’s winning women’s time was 35:00. Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero, last year’s champion, finished second in 35:57. Marchant and Moore ran 37:33 and 40:25, respectively.
In the Fortress Half-Marathon, Sasha Gollish and Sarah Inglis finished in a tie for first on Sunday morning. Gollish and Inglis clocked 1:22:48. The two held hands and broke the tape together.
There was a large contingent of Canadians in Bridgetown, the country’s capital and largest city, for the Carribean race weekend as Canada Running Series organized a late-fall getaway, which served as many runners’ final race of 2017 as the road racing season in Canada winds down before the new year.
Run Barbados race weekend featured a mile on Friday, a 5K and 10K on Saturday and a half-marathon and marathon on Sunday. The Friday and Saturday events were in the evening and the Sunday events were held in the morning as day time temperatures reached 40 C with the humidity.