Defending champion Tristan Woodfine of Cobden, Ont. and last year’s second-place finisher, Olympian Anne-Marie Comeau of St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que. were the winners of the Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal in Parc Jean Drapeau this morning. Woodfine finished in 1:05:27, and Comeau’s time was 1:14:06.
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Réjean Chiasson of Toronto was second, in 1:07:59, and Pierre-Lou Billerot of Montreal was third, in 1:08:09. In the women’s race, Rachel Hannah of Guelph, Ont. was second, in 1:15:14, and defending champion Sasha Gollish of Toronto was third, in 1:17:42.
Woodfine is coming off his recent win at the Spring Runoff 8K in Toronto’s High Park. Earlier this year he was the top Canadian at the Houston Marathon.
Comeau participated in the 15K skiathlon at the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Situated east of downtown Montreal, the park straddles two islands: St. Helen’s Island and the man-made Notre Dame Island. Many readers will recognize it as the site of Expo ’67 and later, the amusement park La Ronde.
Yves Sikuwabo of Quebec City was forced to pull out of the race at the 16K mark with a pulled calf muscle. “It’s a disappointment, for sure,” he told us post-race. “I wanted to be on that podium!”