The Pacific Distance Carnival is hoping to invigorate track and field running in Canada, and the lineup for Thursday evening’s Canadian 10,000m championships is stronger than it’s been in years.
BC Athletics has partnered with Mile2Marathon to make Pacific Distance Carnival a major running event, bringing together a high school race, a community race and a Canadian championship. This is as close as track and field gets to fun for the whole family.
The women’s championship features Canadian 10,000m record-holder Natasha Wodak, Canadian half-marathon and marathon record-holder Rachel Cliff and Canadian all-comers 5K record-holder Sarah Inglis.
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Bittersweet night at Payton Jordan. Some races everything within and beyond your control lines up perfectly – these days feel magical. Other times it seems like nothing goes to plan – you typically don’t talk much about these races after. But the majority of races fall somewhere in the middle, and that was Payton Jordan for me this year • The positives: ✔️ 2 second personal best over 10,000m ✔️finally feeling recovered and back to myself after the Nagoya marathon ✔️perfect weather and race opportunity which I made the most of for the most part ✔️ had fun racing • The negative: ✖️World Standard was within my grasp and I let it slip away in the final stages, missing it by 5 seconds • In a sport where results are everything, and opportunities like Thursday night are few and far between I’m pretty devastated by this final point. Hoping I’ll have another chance to chase that IAAF standard again. 📷 @ufnoof #PaytonJordan #athletics #10km #BCEP #OnRunning #VanRunCo #lovetherun #m2m #teamtotal
In the men’s championship Evan Esselink, John Mason and Ben Flanagan will go head-to-head. Esselink is coming off of a huge personal best in the half-marathon earlier this year, Mason has just been named to the world championship team in the marathon and Flanagan had a killer 2018, winning the NCAA 10,000m, and following that up with strong indoor and outdoor track performances. Another notable entry is American Jared Ward, who along with Scott Fauble, broke the American men’s marathon drought with his 2:09:25 performance in Boston.
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The two of us had big goals heading for the end of March (more👇🏻) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @lucabruca & I put in hard work and both took one too many steps over that red line. We’re disappointed to be missing out on @worldcrosscountryaarhus2019 but making some good progress in our recoveries ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •I’d rather train at a level where I’m playing with that red line at a shot at something great, than to play it safe and wonder for the rest of my life – “how good could I have been?”• ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bcep #m2m #stayhungry
Caleb De Jong
9:15 p.m. PT – women’s 10,000m
9:55 p.m. PT – men’s 10,000m
The event will be broadcast live on SportsCanadaTV. It will be free.