Road race fast approaching

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Landrex St. Albert Road Race starts 9 a.m. Sunday with the 32nd annual 10-miler

Runners are picking up the pace to register for the Landrex St. Albert Road Race.

The online deadline is Friday through www.zone4.ca for the 32nd annual 10-miler and the third annual 10- and five-kilometre races, plus the one-km fun run for kids.

As of Monday morning, 367 males and females were confirmed for Sunday’s event, presented by Active Physio Works.

The totals include 113 for the historic 10-miler.

A number of Golden Bears and Pandas from the University of Alberta track teams and various Edmonton track club and Edmonton Triathlon Academy athletes have signed up, as well as several teenage speedsters in the school component of the road race.

The 2016 King of the Road champion in the 10-miler was William Madsen (20 to 29 age division) of Edmonton with a time of 53 minutes and 24 seconds.

The fastest female was Kendall Barker (30 to 39 age division) of Edmonton at 1:06:03 for 13th place overall out of 149 finishers (72 males and 77 females).

The inaugural male and female winners in 1986 were Dennis Colburn, a five-time champion, at 54:12 and Anne Galloway at 58:54.

The course record of 50:46 was set by Matt Norminton in 2007 and Aster Demissie established the female record of 54:36 in 2005.

Last year’s 10-km winner was Jesse Bauer (20 to 29 age division) in 34 minutes and 34 seconds and Angela Anderson (40 to 49 age division) was the top female at 45:38 for sixth place overall out of 44 runners.

A pair of junior elite St. Albert triathletes, Luke Hanson and Abby Wilson, repeated as the fastest five-km runners. Hanson was clocked at 16:19 and Wilson was the first female at 19:37 for sixth place out of 49 finishers.

Sunday’s start/finish line is located on Sir Winston Churchill Avenue in front of the curling club, the event headquarters, and the start times are 9 a.m. for the 10-miler, 9:05 a.m. for the 10 km, 9:10 a.m. for the five km and 11 a.m. for the kids’ fun run.

The 10-km route, a condensed version of the north section of the 10-miler, and the five km start in the opposite direction of the 10-miler.

Visit www.stalbertroadrace.com for more information.

This year, instead of prize money for the male and female podium finishers in the 10-miler, organizers are donating 100 per cent of all proceeds from the road race to You Can Ride 2, an Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ program which adapts bicycles for children with disabilities. Staff members at Active Physio Works have volunteered the last two years with the free learn-to-ride initiative.

Meanwhile, interested volunteers for the road race can contact Bobby at rmcgugan@activephysioworks.com or Tyler at gambling@ualberta.ca.

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Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.