Facing off against steep hills, chilly temperatures and even a train delay, over 12,000 people took part in the Around the Bay Road Race Sunday. Some even managed to set some race records while they were at it.
Lanni Marchant of London took first place in the women's 30 kilometre race and set a new course record with a time of 1:44:39. She bested Lioudmila Kortchaguina’s previous course record of 1:46:04 set in 2004. Krista Duchene of and Lisa Avery of Orillia placed second and third in the women's race, respectively.
The men's race wasn't a new record, but it was an exciting end as the first and second place runners reached a near photo finish. In the end, 23-year-old Terrence Attema of Guelph took the winner title with a time of 1:35:44. Just six seconds later, second-place winner Josphat Ongeri crossed the finish line, followed by third-place winner Lionel Sanders of Hamilton with a time of 1:36:53.
In the 5-km race, Around the Bay saw their largest turnout yet with almost 2,500 participants. Snagging top times were 24-year-old Peter Corrigan from Toronto and Chantelle Groenewoud from Guelph, also 24 years of age, with times of 14:41.5 and 17:02.9, respectively.
Around noon, the back end of runners got held up at the train crossing on Woodward Avenue near Walmer Road when a train passed by. The race has Canadian Pacific police on hand to ensure everyone stops safely, according to Race Director, Mike Zajczenko. It's happened before, most recently two years back, Zajczenko said, but didn't affect the top time runners.
"A lot of people are just happy for the break," he said.
After a few minutes they were able to cross and many chose to subtract the delay from their overall times.
The race raises funds for St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation and, since 2005, has raised a total of $1.25 million. This year they're on track to add another $300,000 to that total.