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Canadian 5K Championships start today

A strong field of Canadian elites have until Sept. 10th to clock their times and take the crown

The Canadian 5K Championships have gone virtual again this year, and the window for athletes to complete their runs has officially opened. This year’s field includes several top Canadian runners, including a few Tokyo Olympians, who will have until the end of the day on Sept. 10 to submit their race results. As of Sunday afternoon only two athletes, Alycia Butterworth and Jean-Marc Doiron, had completed their races, running 16:22 and 15:39, respectively.

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The women’s field

Talent on the women’s side is deep this year, and the starting roster features three Canadian Olympians, including Butterworth, Julie-Anne Staehli and Genevieve Lalonde. Staehli currently holds the second-fastest 5K time in Canada with her PB of 14:57.50, and is one of only a handful of Canadian women who’ve run under 15 minutes for the distance. Lalonde placed eleventh at the Tokyo Olympics, setting two Canadian records in the 3,000m steeplechase in the process. Other strong performers include 2018 Toronto Waterfront Marathon winner Kinsey Middleton and 2017 winner Leslie Sexton. Brittany Moran, Sasha Gollish, Lauren Reid, Briana Scott, Hannah Woodhouse, Kate Ayers, Erin Mawhinney, Carolyn Buchanan, Kate Bazely, Paula Wiltse and Sarah Beairsto round out the rest of the list.

The men’s field

Three Olympians are headlining the men’s program, including steeplechaser John Gay and Tokyo 5,000m runner Luc Bruchet, who’s PB of 13:12.56 makes him the third-fastest Canadian 5K runner of all-time. 2016 Rio Olympian Charles Philibert-Thiboutot will also be competing, as well as Mike Tate (currently ranked 6th in Canada), Rory Linkletter (currently ranked 13th), Connor Black (15th), Justin Kent (20th) and Philip Parrot-Migas (23rd). Rounding out the field is Theo Hunt, Marley Dickinson, Callum Neff, Mark Klassan, Dawson Nancekievill, Daniel Fournier and Kevin Coffey.

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