The second installment of the Toronto Women’s Run Series was held in Sunnybrook park on Saturday morning. The 2XU Toronto Women’s 5K and 10K is the second of three events in the series, which also includes a 10K/half-marathon race, run earlier this year, and the upcoming 5K/8K race.
Among the race features are firefighters at the water stations, chocolate at the finish line and a fast course in the 147-acre park in central Toronto. The race is open to runners and walkers and provides a fun way to get involved in the local road racing scene. The tagline of the well-organized series is “women set the pace.”
There were more than 850 finishers between the two races on Saturday under sunny skies.
Brittany Moran won the women’s 5K in a speedy 17:15. Earlier this year, she ran 33:46 at the Sporting Life 10K. Moran, a Toronto-based chiropractor, is featured in the latest September/October issue of Canadian Running with strength training tips to fix foot crossover – when your foot lands in front of the other as if you were running on a tight rope – and the dreaded shin splints. See Moran’s race details on her Strava account.
Lisa Bentley, one of Canada’s most successful Ironman triathletes, was the 10K winner on Saturday morning in 38:50 with Jasmin Mahdy finishing as the second woman in 42:13. Joao Fernandes was second as men are permitted to run in the race but, according to the race website, are asked not to “cross the finish line before the first woman crosses the finish line.”
1. Brittany Moran – 17:15
2. Sarah Kassenaar – 19:51
3. Sierra McNulty – 20:02
4. Elizabeth Waywell – 20:07
5. Nicole Rogers – 20:32
1. Lisa Bentley – 38:50
2. Joao Fernandes – 38:51 (men’s category, according to Sportstats)
3. Jasmine Mahdy – 42:13
4. Susanne Darling – 42:30
5. Tara Lewis – 44:11
@TOWomensRuns amazing organization and atmosphere. Thank you for the run.
— Lisa Bentley (@lisabentley) August 27, 2016
The third and final installment of the Toronto Women’s Run Series will be held on Oct. 22. Runners and walkers who complete all three of the women’s races receive a Toronto Women’s Run Series finisher prize. The trio of races are all held in Sunnybrook Park, one of Toronto’s running hotspots.
Front of the 5K pack
Front of the 10K pack
And off goes the 5k! pic.twitter.com/IljlPYWt0o
— Toronto Women's Runs (@TOWomensRuns) August 27, 2016
— Shari Lichterman (@slichterman) August 27, 2016
— GoodLife Fitness (@GoodLifeFitness) August 27, 2016