It was a windy day in Edmonton for the inaugural Edmonton 10K yesterday, but nobody seemed to mind, once handed their finisher’s medal on a colourful ribbon and a sprinkle donut in its own special box emblazoned with “It’s time to party! #Edmonton10K.”

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More than 4,000 runners participated in the race, which started and finished at the Alberta Legislature, following a route that took it across the North Saskatchewan River and along the northern edge of the University of Alberta campus before winding through the Windsor Park neighbourhood and back across the river to the finish line.

Map: Canada Running Series

In a brand-new race that attracted the “cream” of Canadian distance running, Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont. and Leslie Sexton of London, Ont. were the first to break the tape. Coolsaet’s winning time was 30:07 and Sexton crossed the finish line at 34:06.

Toronto’s Sasha Gollish of Toronto was second in the women’s race, in 34:35, and Dayna Pidhoresky of  Vancouver third, in 35:04. In the men’s race, Evan Esselink of Guelph, Ont. was second, in 30:20, and Trevor Hofbauer of Calgary third, in 30:27.

It was Coolsaet’s eighth win in eight races since his ninth-place finish at this year’s Boston Marathon. The “five weeks ago” he refers to in an Instagram post was the corresponding Canada Running Series 10K in Toronto, the Waterfront 10K. Both races are sponsored by Lululemon. 

The Lululemon crew-neck race shirt was a creamy white, and, as in Toronto, the post-race party included a free outdoor yoga session and a joyful, celebratory and highly Instagram-worthy vibe. 

Running the #edmonton10k today was a healthy reminder of how amazing the run community, and the athletic community as a whole is in our beautiful city. To see so many old and new friends crush their goals, or just having a good time was heart warming to say the least. I may have been out of the run game for awhile, but always feel embraced by friends any time I pop my head back into it. Here are some of my favourite shots from the day. . . . Special shoutout to @yegcycle for keeping my legs strong when I couldn’t run as frequently for training (check out all their mos who represented!), my coworker and friend Lena (picture 10) for daring to attempt a 10k with me, and absolutely crushing her goals, and of course all the people from @runcollective who I rarely see these days but always greet me with a smile and a hug any time I do. . . . #amateurphotographer #edmontonphotographer #runrunrun #iamyegfit #runphotography #friends #friendswhorun

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Coolsaet will be racing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 21.

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