It’s not often that races recognize those who finish in the back half of the pack– especially say, the final runner to cross the line. The last-place finisher is on the course the longest and many finishers before him or her are either departed or no longer near the finish line which often makes the atmosphere slightly less memorable or exciting.
Hamilton’s Around the Bay, however, had a special surprise waiting for the last-place finisher on Sunday, courtesy Stonemill Bakehouse. For her efforts, the runner received a free year’s supply of “slow crafted bread.”
“She was the slow crafted winner,” Around the Bay wrote on Instagram. For the photo opportunity, she received flowers as well as an oversized voucher for the bread. Others commented on the race’s Facebook photo saying “Good for her. It’s all about doing it and finishing is huge! No giving up,” and “Let’s be honest, she enjoyed the race the longest! Congratulations to her.”
The last-place finisher is believed to be Sandra Holder, who finished the 30K in 5:14:25. Technically, there were two other runners behind her, according to Sportstats, as she finished 4172th place. Stonemill Bakehouse also organized a marching band to play as she entered the stadium preceded by the streaming of confetti.
The iconic race is North America’s oldest distance road race, first run in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon. There is both a 30K and 5K. The race has a memorable finish inside the FirstOntario Centre in downtown Hamilton as runners enter the stadium and finish on a strip of rubberized track.