Olympian Chris Winter, who recently announced his retirement from professional running, took part in a unique challenge recently versus a 10-person team in Vancouver.
The challenge was simple. Winter races 10K against a team of 10 “average men.” Each of the 10 men run 1K, trading off after their two-and-a-half laps of the track are complete. The first of the two to cross the finish line wins.
Note that Winter represented Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, an event where athletes jump over barriers and a water pit on each lap of the track. His talents range to the 10K having won the 2014 Canadian Cross-Country Championships.
At the local Rashpal Dhillon Track & Field Oval at the University of British Columbia, Winter took on the 10-person team at the end of November. Winter prevailed by more than a lap-and-a-half on the 400m track running 33:50 to the team’s 35:30.
@IcemanYVR thanks Allan! Won by a good lap and a bit – 33:50 for me to 35:30 for them.
— chris winter (@cwinter3) November 27, 2016
The 10 Average Men vs. One Olympic Athlete raised more than $13,000 for men’s health awareness as part of the annual Movember campaign. Men often grow out mustaches for the November initiative.