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Ontario Masters meet highlights benefits of activity at all ages

The 47th annual Ontario Masters Championships ran this weekend, July 28-29, from York Lions Stadium in Toronto

Huge congrats to the masters women who ran the 5000m at the Provincial Championships! 🏆 #Repost @runhardmomhard ・・・ “… pain is part and parcel of the deal. It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you.” – from The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown . . @omatracknfield track provincials this weekend, and I am sooooo proud to share we both ran PBs in the 5k! Krista absolutely killed the field with an all-time (ie including times run before kids) PB of 18:25 😮🏃🏽‍♀️🔥🔥🔥. Caitlin also managed to squeak in just under the 20min mark with a PB of 19:55. . . A GREAT race, well organized and run, and lots of fun! . . Guess these moms aren’t “past their prime” yet 😉. . . #fasterasamaster #trackandfield #newmarkethuskies #motherrunner #winning #goals #pb #alwaysrunning #race #raceday #happy #runhappy #sunsoutgunsout #runningcommunity #seemerlag #rlag #strongmom #sharemytrack

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The field was packed for the mixed 100m dash at the Ontario Masters Athletics Championships at Toronto’s York University this weekend. Seventy-four runners participated, with Alex Helman, 24, (10.80 seconds), Mellard Brown, 34, (11.12) and Michael James, 38, (11.19) taking the podium. Jordanne Williams, 28, was the first woman, in 12:44, Lorena Reyes, 35, of Ultimate Body, was second, in 13:18, and Khama Beckles, 43, of Project Athletic, was third, in 13:24.

The doyen of the competition, from the point of view of age, was Steffan Kampe, 81. Kampe also participated in the mixed 5,000m, the mixed 1,500m, and the mixed 400m dash.

The 5,000m also featured six septuagenarians, with Richard Bailey, 70, of the Longboat Roadrunners placing fifth in his section and tenth overall, with a time of 21:45. Bailey’s age-graded result is 16:16, or 77.51 per cent.

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Canadian Running Magazine’s Dan Way, 31, was first in the 5,000m, with a time of 16:09. Kevin Smith, 48, was second, in 16:49, and Laszlo Orosz, 50, third, in 16:51.

Krista Allen, 38, of the Newmarket Huskies, was the first woman and fourth overall in the 5K, with a new PB of 18:25. Amy Ballon, 47, of the University of Toronto Track Club was second, in 19:19, and Elaine Mota, 52, of the Newmarket Huskies, was third, in 19:28.

Other results from the weekend’s events can be viewed here.