Spirited win by Seville at RunWild
St. Albert runner celebrates half-marathon victory after placing second last year
By: Jeff Hansen
| Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 06:00 am
Sean Seville was in a zone while putting mind over matter as the half-marathon winner at the fourth annual Leading Edge RunWild.
“I’m one of those Zen runners,” said the self-described free spirit, who checked in at the finish line Sunday in one hour, 23 minutes and 14 seconds. “I had a fantastic run. I was just in a special place today.”
Seville, 30, credits a book lent to him by a friend while in Kimberley two weeks for his preparation for the 21.1-kilometre race.
“It’s kind of how to separate your mind from your body and it seemed to work. I put my thoughts up on the mountains and just kind of stayed away from the pain. It was good,” said last year’s runner-up at 1:27:16.
The course record is 1:22:02, set by doctor Robert Brunelle of Victoria in his 2013 RunWild repeat.
Last month’s 29th annual St. Albert 10-Mile Road Race helped put this year’s RunWild into perspective for Seville.
“I ran against these elite athletes and I was 20th (at 1:01:03) overall and that kept me nice and humble and that was the idea. I wanted to keep the modesty in the racing and it seemed to do the trick,” said the St. Albert resident.
In the process Seville achieved his goal of 1:23 while rocking the same colourful bandana he wore last year at the 11th annual St. Albert Fall Challenge half-marathon for what was then a personal-best time of 1:23:29 for second spot.
“I really put myself at my own pace today and it was really nice. I didn’t feel like I had to push too hard because there was no one else really around,” said Seville before congratulating the second-place racer, Andrew Lawson, on his performance.
“I kept looking back and I saw you a couple of times back there on the Sturgeon Road. I knew you were coming,” Seville told the spry 58-year-old Lawson, who listed Edmonton, Gibbons and Morinville as his home base.
“I thought you were faltering a little bit there and I actually tried to step up on you and then you took off again,” replied Lawson, who posted a time of 1:25:52. “I was missing an extra gear, which held me back.”
“I had trouble maintaining that pace in the second half,” Seville added, “but I really got my mind straight.”
A biting wind and frigid temperatures didn’t faze Seville, who sported shorts and a long sleeve running jacket.
“In the ten-miler I wore tights and it was about two degrees or something like that and I was too hot so this was perfect. I loved it,” said the Paul Kane High School alumnus. “I ran all winter long so to me this is about a medium type of weather conditions. I thought it was heaven to be honest.”
The half-marathon field featured 272 runners and walkers who completed the course, while one didn’t finish and 39 didn’t make the start line. Last year 351 participants crossed the finish line.
The RunWild title ranks high among Seville’s greatest running feats – including running legs three and five in the 2013 Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache in addition to being the leading St. Albert male at last year’s Edmonton half-marathon at 1:27:27 for 30th place overall as the 26th male while placing 10th in his 20 to 29 age division.
“This means a lot. I grew up here running as a kid and I got off track a bit, I went to engineering school, but I’m back now,” said the civil engineer who is visualizing a fast time at an upcoming trail marathon in Utah.
Fourth annual Leading Edge RunWild
Top 10 half-marathon results
Name Category/Rank Time
1. Sean Seville M 30-39 (1/31) 1:23:14.7
2. Andrew Lawson M 50-59 (1/20) 1:25:52.9
3. Keith Ross M 40-49 (1/22) 1:30:19.1
4. Colin Bialkoski M 30-39 (2/31) 1:30: 20.4
5. Steeven Jobin M 20-29 (1/17) 1:31:31.3
6. Sarah Magdalinski F 30-39 (1/57) 1:34:47.6
7. Scott Wilde M 40-49 (2/22) 1:35:45.1
8. Cameron Gilham M 20-29 (2/17) 1:35:49.9
9. Jessica Khubyar-Ebert F 30-39 (2/57) 1:36:03.4
10. Carson Powlik M 20-29 (3/17) 1:36:52.9
Total finishers: 272
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