Cyndie Morin (W35-39) with a time of 40:04.00 from Montreal and David Durocher (M40-44), with a time 36:10.20 from Mont-St-Hilaire, were the first masters to cross the finish line at the 2013 Canadian Masters 10K Championship in St-Hyacinthe, QC, on Sunday, May 12th.
Cyndie was the first female finisher in the race (16th overall) and David the second male and first overall master. First overall runner was Dany Croteau (M20-29) from Mont-St-Hilaire, with a time of 33:14.00 (non CMA championship). In addition to their gold medals, Dany and Cyndie were each awarded a pair of running shoes from Asics, one of the race’s major sponsors.
It was a cool and cloudy morning for running, although there was some wind. Participation in all four races (10K, 5K, Mile & 1K), making up the annual “Défi Gérard-Coté”, was a total of 1,820 finishers. 10K finishers added up to 341, including 214 masters, aged between 35 and 72, 117 male and 97 female, and 62 sub-masters aged 30-34 (30 male and 32 female).
Our oldest CMA member finishers were: Vern Christensen, 72 (50:49.4) from Toronto (CMA representative at the event and 1st M70); Normand “Nash” Gauthier, 66 (1:08:48.0 – 3rd M65) from Shawinigan, QC; and Marcel Jobin, 71 (56:02.9 – 4th, M70) from St-Boniface, QC, a World Masters Champion racewalker and 2012 Canadian Masters Athlete of the Year in Running/Racewalking.
Top Photo (L-R) Benoît Chartier, event Honourary Chair, François Choquette, Federal MP, Guy Chartier, Asics representative, François Côté, Gérard-Coté’s son, Cyndie Morin, first female master finisher, Dany Croteau, first male finisher, Émilien Pelletier, Provincial MP, Laurent Godbout, FQA Director General
Above – Guy Chartier, Asics representative, Justine & François Côté, Gérard-Côté’s granddaughter and son, Vern Christensen, CMA vice president & representative to the event, Mario Dussault, representative at the event from Desjardins (10K sponsor), Benoît Chartier, event Honourary Chair, Émilien Pelletier, Provincial MP, François Choquette, Federal MP