The sun came out for this morning’s Chilly Half and Frosty 5K in Burlington, Ont., and the lack of wind made for some excellent finishing times, despite a partial diversion due to construction on the course. Falling six weeks before the Boston Marathon, the half is a magnet for some of southern Ontario’s big names as well as recreational athletes looking for a tuneup race. Toronto’s Sami Jibril and Hamilton’s Victoria Coates broke the tape in the half, while Phil Parrot-Migas of Mississauga (who also won in 2018) and Tanis Bolton of Paris, Ont. were the winners of the 5K.
Jibril, 29, a fixture of the Toronto running scene, ran 1:06:49, and was followed across the finish line by Taylor Kraayenbrink of Sarnia in 1:07:17 and Jeff Costen of Toronto in 1:08:52. In the women’s half, Coates ran 1:15:24, followed by London, Ont.’s Leslie Sexton in 1:15:25 and Toronto’s Lyndsay Tessier in 1:15:58.
And they’re OFF! ~4,000 in the @NewBalanceCan @ChillyHalf Should be some good racing this morning, esp on the women’s side with @victoriamcoates @lyndsay_tessier @kristaduchene @RachelHannahRD @TanisBolton But this late-winter 🇨🇦racing seems a long-way from #21kelectrolitgdl 😱 pic.twitter.com/EfS4VwKkdJ
— alan brookes, CRS (@alnbrookes) March 3, 2019
In the 5K, Bolton ran 17:21, with Erin Mawhinney of Burlington (17:51) and Sarah Cranmer-Byng of Mississauga (17:52) in second and third place, with Parrot-Migas running 15:15, followed by Taylor Cornwall of St. Mary’s in 15:24 and Preston Borg of Mississauga in 15:28.
Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont. was the top master’s female, in 1:18:22, while Francois Landry of Sherbrooke, Que. was first master’s male, in 1:11:40.
Highlights of the popular event (the half-marathon sold out this year) include post-race Stagg Chili, Steam Whistle beer and a New Balance Quarter-Zip Technical Top.
For full results, click here.