This Sunday, May 18th, the London Runner Distance Club will host the Athletics Ontario 10,000m Championships for the 9th consecutive year. 19 athletes have entered the 10,000m Championships - the 2nd largest field during this 9-year run - with late Championship entries, as well as Open entries, still being accepted. The race is part of the 2nd Runners' Choice London Distance Series meet of the summer and will also feature open 800m and 1,500m races.
2-time defending Champion Leslie Sexton (London Runner Distance Club) will look to win her 4th Ontario 10,000m Championship in 5 years. Other former Champions include 2012 winner Sami Jibril (Athletics Toronto) and 2009 winner Derek Nakluski (Toronto Olympic Club). There are also 2 athletes with Ontario 10,000m silver medals to their names - London Runner teammates Kyle O'Neill and Courtney Laurie. The top seed on the Mens side is Tristan Woodfine (Speed River), who is competing in his first Ontario 10,000m Championship.
For the 2nd consecutive year, the London 10,000m includes a Team Challenge open to all Canadian clubs; the Team competition involves 3 runners per club, including 1 of each gender. Unfortunately, the womens field is currently made up entirely of London Runner Distance Club athletes, making them the only eligible Team; hopefully, some late entries will bring forth a challenger.
Photo: 2009 Ontario 10,000m Champion Derek Nakluski sprinting to victory, setting a London 10,000m Meet and Stadium record of 29:53.40.
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