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Lions, tigers and bears–and runners–at the Oasis Canada Zoo Run 10K

Runners got their wild on at the Toronto Zoo yesterday

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Mike Tate of Guelph, Ont. and Boneshi Woldegorgi of Toronto were the official king and queen of beasts at the Oasis Canada ZooRun, which took place on a decidedly cool morning at the Toronto Zoo yesterday. Tate finished in 30:51.1 and Woldegorgi in 36:11.7.

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Runners passed snow leopards, red pandas, Sumatran tigers, leopards, warthhogs, ostriches, giraffes, Arctic wolves, reindeer, polar bears, grizzly bears, moose, and bison as the race snaked past animal enclosures from various regions of the world.


In the women’s race, Erin McClure of Waterloo was second (36.17.5) and Lioudmila Kortchaguina was third (37:18.5). In the men’s race, Hussen Hashi of Mississauga was second (31:36.1) and Berhanu Degefa of Toronto was third (31:41.6).

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Photo: Canadian Running Magazine

The race also gives out prizes for best animal costumes, with best team costume going to Anna Duda, Siobhan O’Hara and Deborah Kruyk of Barrie, Ont. as the Three Blind Mice. Lily Jeffery, 11, of Oshawa, Ont. received the award for best kid’s costume. 

In the 5K, Max Davies of Toronto (16:30.2) and Maria Sandor of Whitby (20:32.8) were the winners. Neil McCallum of North Bay (17:58.6) was second and Jocob Dayot of Guelph was third (18:00.2) in the men’s race. Madison Kerr-Wong of Scarborough was second in the women’s race (21:15.3) and Trina Metelyuk of Belleville was third (21:15.8).

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