Trevor Hofbauer and Natasha Wodak broke the tape in the men’s and women’s races at the Under Armour Eastside 10K. Hofbauer finished in 29:24, and Wodak in 33:12. The event drew 3,000 participants and fast times.
Wodak said on Instagram that Saturday was the best she’s felt on the roads all year. Fresh off of a Canadian 5K Championship win, Wodak said she ran a smarter race at the Eastside 10K this year, by “going out conservatively through 5K and pushing the last half.” Canadian marathon record-holder Lanni Marchant helped hold the tape for Wodak as she crossed the line.
Wodak told Canadian Running after the 5K Championships that she was excited to race in Vancouver in front of a home crowd at the Eastside 10K. After Saturday’s race, Wodak plans to switch to cross-country mode and start working towards cross-country nationals in November.
Second place in the women’s 10K was Leslie Sexton in 33:34, and third place went to Lindsay Carson in 34:51.
In the men’s results, Hofbauer took the win. Hofbauer is the 2017 Canadian Marathon Champion, and formerly trained out of Speed River Track Club. In April, the marathoner published a blog post announcing that he would be moving back to Calgary. Hofbauer raced the Edmonton 10K earlier this summer, and now the Eastside 10K as well.
Two road races in 6 days✔️ Left foot completely healed✔️ Ready to hit the grindstone✔️ Thanks to @RunCRSWest @alnbrookes & @BC_Athletics for putting on a great event at #eastside10k ! GRAFTING SZN BEGINS
— Lucas Bruchet (@lucabruca) September 15, 2018
Second place in the men’s results was Lucas Bruchet who was second in the Canadian 5K Championships. Bruchet’s 10K time was 29:50. Bruchet dealt with an injury over the summer that sidelined him from competition, but he’s back racing this fall and looking strong. Third place went to Justin Kent in 29:59.
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