Setlack sizzles in 10-miler
Former national half-marathon champion runs away with female crown in Sunday's road race
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 06:00 am
St. Albert 10-Mile Road Race<br />Fastest Females
2013: Alexandra Gordichuk, Edmonton 62:47
2012: Shannon Maisano, St. Albert 63:03
2011: Sarah Bergeron, Edmonton 61:47
2010: Tara Struyk, Edmonton 63:01
2009: Tara Struyk, Edmonton 61:32
2008: Krissy Dooling, Edmonton 68:41
2007: Chantell Widney, Edmonton 59:16
2006: Sandy Jacobson, Edmonton 64:09
2005: Aster Demissie, Edmonton 54:36*
2004: Aster Demissie, Edmonton 54:38
2003: Sabina Valentine, Edmonton 65:18
2002: Sandy Jacobson, Edmonton 59:54
2001: Sandy Jacobson, Edmonton 60:02
2000: Sandy Jacobson, Edmonton 59:31
1999: Catriona Morrison, Glasgow 58:32
1998: Sandy Jacobson, Edmonton 59:16
1997: Sabina Parkes, Edmonton 62:31
1996: Marlene Corcoran, Grande Prairie 62:58
1995: Anne Galloway, Fort Saskatchewan 60:04
1994: Holly Gerke, Edmonton 61:12
1993: Margaret Thompson, Edmonton 62:15
1992: Louise Fallon, Cold Lake 62:16
1991: Karen Chorney, Edmonton 60:14
1990: Val Chowaniec, Edmonton 57:07
1989: Anne Galloway, Fort Saskatchewan 58:32
1988: Libby John, Edmonton 65:26
1987: Anne Galloway, Fort Saskatchewan 60:24
1986: Anne Galloway, Fort Saskatchewan 58:54
*female course record
A former Canadian half-marathon champion was the female runaway winner at the 29th annual St. Albert 10-Mile Road Race.
Emily Setlack crossed the finish line in 59 minutes and 50 seconds for 14th place overall out of 326 finishers on a cool but bright Sunday morning.
It’s the fastest time by a female in the 10-miler since Chantell Widney’s 59:16 in 2007.
“It was a beautiful day for a run,” Setlack said with an ear-to-ear smile. “I really enjoyed it. I had fun out there.”
Finishing a distant second behind Setlack was Lisa Harvey of Calgary in 1:04:41 for 29th place overall.
Harvey, registered in the 40 to 49 female category, competed for Canada in the 10,000 metres at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Setlack, 33, was basically racing against herself in the female division. After passing the 10 kilometre sign in front of the Perron Street Bridge, she was clocked at 37 minutes while turning the corner on to St. Anne Street.
“I started off conservative because this is my first race in about a year so I wasn’t really sure what I could do,” said Setlack, one of 15 runners to conquer the course in less than one hour. “I tried to stay comfortable until about four miles and then I tried to get back on the pace that was good for me and then I pushed as hard as I could in the last two miles.”
Setlack’s first St. Albert 10-miler was pure enjoyment.
“I love the course. You can tell whoever is organizing it has put a lot of work into it,” she said. “It was amazing, kind of rolling like a rollercoaster but it was pretty fair. The downhills and the uphills evened it out.”
Setlack entered the 10-miler on the advice of others in the running community.
“I heard that it was a real good race to do and my husband has done it before so he recommended I do it as well,” Setlack said of her air force husband, Matt, a noted runner who finished seventh overall at 57:08. “It felt pretty good to see all the volunteers out there. I know it takes a lot of work to organize it so it’s kind of fun to be out there and be part of it.”
Setlack is quickly regaining her competitive stride after her breakthrough performance at the 2010 half-marathon nationals in Montreal. Back then she was Emily Tallen of Kingston, Ont. and her time in the 21.1-km distance was 1:15:41, 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Krista Duchene of Brantford, Ont.
Later that year at worlds in Nanning, China, Setlack’s asthma prevented her from finishing the half-marathon.
“My husband and I were in England for a couple of years and I took a bit of a break from racing and now I’m just getting back into it,” said the accomplished half-marathoner and 2001 national 5,000m junior champion. “I want to try and do as many of the local road races as I can in Edmonton and take it from there. I like to take it one step at a time.”
FAST TIMES: Janelle Brcic was the top St. Albert female in the 10-miler at 1:06:30. She finished fourth out of 134 females for 42nd place overall. The first-place female in the 20 to 29 category was the 2012 female winner of the Leading Edge RunWild Marathon in St. Albert at 3:21:01.
Alexandra Gordichuk of Edmonton, last year’s female champion at 1:02:47, finished ninth among females, and 56th overall, at 1:09:48 for fourth place in the 20 to 29 female category.
Visit www.resultscanada.com for complete race results.