| Posted: Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 06:00 am
10-mile road race Sunday
The final online registration total for Sunday’s 10-miler in St. Albert is 348 runners at the 29th annual road race hosted by the St. Albert Road Runners and Triathlon Club.
Fifteen runners also registered for the third annual six-kilometre fun run.
The largest 10-mile turnout in race history was 976 in 1998.
The 10-miler gets rolling at 9:30 a.m. on Grandin Road across from Grandin Park Plaza and the fun run goes 10 minutes after the main race or once all of the 10-milers have left the starting gate.
The rolling 10-mile course features two uphills and two downhills as it winds into a figure eight through the Sturgeon River valley and the Lacombe and Grandin neighbourhoods.
The most taxing stretch is after mile seven while climbing Sir Winston Churchill Avenue and Levasseur Road.
The last mile-and-a-half drops 120 feet toward the finish line behind Grandin Park Plaza.
It promises to be a dry track with warm weather and clear skies forecasted for Sunday morning.
Last year 385 runners – 221 males and 164 females – completed the 10-miler and 11 finished the race in less than one hour.
The winner was Jason Jama of Edmonton in 54 minutes and two seconds and the fastest female was Alexandra Gordichuk of Edmonton at 1:02:47 for 25th place overall.
Marc Meunier was the No. 1 St. Albert runner at 58:05 for eighth place overall.
Shannon Maisano was the top St. Albert female in the race at 1:05:30 for third place in the female division and 43rd place overall.
Maisano was the first St. Albert winner of the female crown in 2012 at 1:03:03.
Two years ago 425 runners – 236 males and 189 females – went the distance in the 10-miler and 17 did it in under one hour.
The 10-mile course record of 50:46 was set by Matt Norminton of Edmonton in 2007 and the fastest female time of 54:36 was clocked by Aster Demissie of Edmonton in 2005.
The first male and female to break the course records will pocket $300.
The fastest male and female will also be awarded $500, the second fastest male and female pocket $300 and the third fastest male and female receive $100 apiece.
The top three finishers in each age-group category will also receive awards.
The 10-miler is part of the Timex Alberta Road Race Series and was voted one of the top-10 road races in the province last year.