For the second year in a row, runners at the Re-Fridgee-Eighter battled tough weather conditions.
In 2017, significant snowfall covered the course. On Sunday, Waterloo, Ont. roads were once again snow-covered, at least in spots. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Sunday morning citing freezing rain and the chance of ice pellets. The statement went into effect shortly after the 10 a.m. local time start.
1st place overall in 41:27 @runwaterloo 8 miler. Slippery ground and freezing rain and still managed 3:13/km with the help of @adamhortian excited for spring racing ahead. This race has a special place in my ❤ @tanis.bolton #hadafastday #goelite #skechersperformance #fuelsimply #thinkfastbefast Pic: George Aitkin
The Run Waterloo event, which features an 8K and 8-miler (12.8K), begins and finishes in RIM Park.
In the 8K, 2018 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships qualifier Evan Esselink dominated, winning by almost three minutes in 24:57. Canadian Running blogger Jessica Kuepfer won the women’s 8K in 31:45.
For 8 miles, Josh Bolton and Adam Hortian were well clear of the field going 1-2, more than six minutes ahead of the third place finisher. Bolton ran 41:28 as Tanis Bolton won the women’s 8 mile in 50:04 for a double-win for the married couple.