Sunday, March 24 2013 was a sunny cool day, some would say perfect weather conditions for setting a course record at the 119th running of Hamilton’s Around the Bay 30K Road Race. It certainly was a perfect day for Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., who received an extra $1,000 for setting a new course record for women. She ended up 13th overall and was clocked in 1:44:39.4. That time bettered the former mark of 1:46:04 set by Thornhill’s Lioudmila Kortchaguina in 2004. The historic road race also saw an exciting two-man finish for the men with Terence Attema of Guelph finishing in 1st place with a time of 1:35:44.1, narrowly ahead of Hamilton resident and race veteran Josephat Ongeri, who finished in a time of 1:35:50.4!
For the IRONDames it was a day of strong showings on course. Check out the race results at the bottom of the page for the IRONDames who competed in the 30K Individual Race, as well as the 2-Person Relay.
One thing is for sure is that the IRONDames’ Water Stop at the 21K mark on Northshore Blvd. was a sight for sore eyes for all Around The Bay Road Warriors! A big THANK YOU goes out to AGRO Produce Ltd. for the fresh fruit they provided to hand out to runners, as well as the extraordinary support that was provided by FirstOntario Credit Union’s Blue Wave volunteers Tracy Holland, Debbie Murdoch, Nancy Bachorski, Gwendolyn Davidson and fellow IRONDame Deana Morby. The aid and encouragement provided to the Around The Bay runners by the IRONDames and Blue Wave volunteers working the Water Stop was priceless!
30K Individual Race Results:
Gail Burgess: Age Grouper F 60-64 / Overall Time: 2:47:26.1 / Div Rank: 5/65 / Gender Rank: 677/3330 / Overall Rank: 2300
Shawna Button: Age Grouper F 45-49/ Overall Time: 3:38:41.7 / Div Rank: 495/600 / Gender Rank: 2652/3330 / Overall Rank: 5833
Sandra Happy-Smith: Age Grouper F 45-49 / Overall Time: 2:48:52.6 / Div Rank: 100/544 / Gender Rank: 718/3330 / Overall Rank: 2397
Janette Kirch: Age Grouper F 45-49/ Overall Time: 2:43:05.1 / Div Rank: 64/544 / Gender Rank: 528/3330 / Overall Rank: 1978
Robyn Lavelle: Age Grouper F 30-34 / Overall Time: 2:15:04.1 / Div Rank: 14/419 / Gender Rank: 51/3330 / Overall Rank: 441
Debbie Valicks: Age Grouper F 55-59 / Overall Time: 2:57:59.6 / Div Rank: 23/173 / Gender Rank: 1056/3330 / Overall Rank: 3164
Suzanne Zmenak: Age Grouper F 45-49 / Overall Time: 2:48:52.8 / Div Rank: 101/544 / Gender Rank: 719/3330 / Overall Rank: 2398
And IRONDame Social Media Guru Alana Armstrong: Age Grouper F 55-59 / Overall Time: 3:34:43.6 / Div Rank: 317/398 / Gender Rank: 2542/3330 / Overall Rank: 5671
2-Person Relay Team Results:
Grace Armstrong, Cindy Mattie: F: Corp / Overall Time: 3:12:00.0
Andrea Buzza, Judy Gibson: F: Corp / Overall Time: 3:33:56.0
Shirley Speakman, Canada Get Fit Runner Bob Bonham: Mixed Open / Overall Time: 3:34:34.3