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Sporting Life 10K: cool weather, warm hearts

A cold wind and sprinkling rain was not enough to deter 20,000 people from lacing up on Yonge Street today

It was a chilly, windy Mother’s Day for this morning’s Sporting Life 10K in Toronto, but that only added to the determination of 20,000 runners and walkers who toed the line at the popular event that has raised more than $19 million for Camp Oochigeas, the camp for kids with cancer that’s been serving families for more than 35 years.

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Sporting Life 10K 2019. Photo: FinisherPix

Josh McGillivray moved up from second place in 2018 to take the win today, in 30:35.3. Second was defending champion Wendimu Adamu in 30:36.1, and third was Bonsa Gonfa (who was third last year as well) in 30:37.0.

Sporting Life 10K top four finishers from left: Bonsa Gonfa (third), Josh McGillivray (first), Wendimu Adamu (second) and Robert Lawand (fourth). Photo: FinisherPix

In the women’s race, Gladys Tarus ran 34:29.4 for first place, followed by Katrina Allison in second (35:41.2) and Allison Drynan (who was also first in the masters’ division) in third, in 35.52.4.

Sporting Life 10K 2019 winner Gladys Tarus. Photo: FinisherPix

In the masters category, Jason Weppler was first for the second year in a row, in 33:48.8, and top masters female Allison Drynan was also third overall (35:52.4). Second masters male was Charles Bedley in 35:02.5, and third was Maurice Belanger (35:21.8).

Sporting Life 10K 2019 masters winner Jason Weppler. Photo: Canadian Running

Second masters female was Leslie Black (37:29.4) and third was Robyn Collins (38:34.7).

Sporting Life 10K 2019 3rd place masters finisher Robyn Collins. Photo: Canadian Running

No one seemed fazed by the route change, which saw the start line, traditionally located just south of the Sporting Life store near Yonge and Blythwood, to Yonge and Davisville, about a kilometre south. This meant the course took runners east along Richmond St. for a couple of blocks before heading south on Jarvis, west along Adelaide, then up York to make up the mileage before rejoining the old course at York and Richmond.


The race finished up with food and sponsors’ tents in Confederation Park and a brief awards ceremony before runners headed to the free shuttle buses at Ontario Place to take them back downtown.