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Natasha Wodak sets national all-comers record at St. Patrick’s Day 5K

Natasha Wodak and Luc Bruchet lower the course records at one of Canada's fastest 5Ks

Natasha Wodak

Natasha Wodak produced the fastest performance ever in Canada for a 5K road race, according to BC Athletics, clocking 15:39 at Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Vancouver.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games-bound distance runner from Vancouver broke the previous course record (16:05) held by Rachel Cliff, who finished second (15:51) in the race, earning a $750 payday. The previous Canadian all-comers 5K record was from 2001, according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, a 15:42 performance by Carol Montgomery. Interestingly, Montgomery was in the same race Saturday, crossing in 19:57.

Wodak and Cliff will represent Canada in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in early April.

Olympian and 2017 Canadian cross-country champion Luc Bruchet broke the men’s course record (14:22), which he previously owned, lowering the mark to 14:12. Rob Denault followed closely in 14:16 as 16 men ran 15:00 or faster while 75 runners broke 17:00, making it one of the deepest road race fields in the country. Eight women broke 17:00.


The race went out extremely quick – 4:18 through the first mile, which translates to 13:21 pace for 5K – as runners covered a single loop of Stanley Park. The race starts and finishes near Stanley Park Pavilion.

Saturday’s event doubled as the provincial 5K road race championships.

Full results.