On the women’s side, Canadian indoor mile record holder Kate Van Buskirk leads the field. Van Buskirk had a stellar indoor season, setting a new Canadian record in the mile in 4:26.92. Van Buskirk joked that she wasn’t even aware that she had set the record until roughly 30 minutes after the race. She opened her outdoor season extremely well, running 15:16.34 in the 5,000m at Payton Jordan.
Van Buskirk said post NACAC Championships that she’s looking to get back to her 1,500m roots for the 2019 outdoor season, but until then, she will race on the road this coming weekend in Toronto.
Natasha Wodak is the second seed at 15:39. Wodak was fifth in the Commonwealth Games 10,000m in April. While 15:39 is her fastest time on the road, on the track Wodak ran 15:29.44 in Portland earlier this summer.
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Natasha Labeaud is third on the elite list with a road PB of 16:14. LaBeaud has good range and is able to shift from the 1,500m all the way to the marathon.
In the elite race, there’s some serious prize money up for grabs: first place gets $2,500, second place $1,500, third place $1,000, fourth place $500, and fifth place $300.
The men’s race also has a strong field entered. The top three seeds are Lucas Bruchet, Mike Tate and Justin Kent.
Bruchet has a seed time of 13:27. The 2016 Olympian may be moving from the 5,000m down to the 3,000m steeplechase.
Tate is a Southern Utah student with a seed time of 13:53. Kent comes in with a seed time of 14:00. Kent doubled at the Canadian National Championships and was fourth in the 5,000m, and tenth in the 1,500m.
The race gets underway Sunday morning at 9 a.m. EDT just outside the Four Season Hotel.