Don Olson Classic

The 6th edition of the Don Olson Classic 2.5K & 5K trail race took place on September 29th in the beautiful hills of Caledon.
 
With perfect weather and fast competition, the day saw two new 5K champions, six new course records and a new 5K relay event run on the challenging Albion Hills course.
 
Ethan Kruisselbrink was the fastest male athlete on the day taking the 5K title in 16:33. Justin Jelaca put in a solid 16:49 for the silver & Jamie Tarling rounded out the top 3 running 17:14 for the bronze.
 
Aysia Maurice won the women’s 5K race in a new course record time of 18:17. Jayden Keeler took the silver running 18:48 & Naomi Hermann earned the bronze medal in 19:22.
 
Kamran Brar was the fastest overall male in the youth 2.5K race running 8:22 while the top overall female was Alex Law with a new course record time of 8:52.
 
Relay champions were Bob Grieg and Laurie Koopmans completing the 2 x 2.5K event in 20:46. The silver medal went to Maxim and Dawn Theriault with a time of 24:09 and the bronze was won by Scott and Henry Thomson in 25:59.
 
In the 2.5K event, Alex Law set a new best mark for the Senior girls event.
 
The 5K race saw Aysia Maurice set a new course record in the overall female, junior female and 12-15 female categories. Kathryn Sullivan broke her own 50-59 female age group record while Xavier Bird established a new best in the U12 male category.
 
For 2.5K results CLICK HERE. For 5K results CLICK HERE. For 5K Relay results CLICK HERE.

Raising Arizona

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310 Running hosted its first warm weather training camp in Phoenix, Arizona during the 2018 March Break.
 
Eleven athletes, three coaches & a chaperone took advantage of the perfect Arizona weather to start the transition from indoor to outdoor track & field. With exclusive use of a local high school track, the team was able to get in some solid mid-distance, hurdle & high jump work. The track & field training was augmented with some challenging hikes over some spectacular terrain including climbs up Camelback Mountain & Piestewa Peak & a descent into the Grand Canyon.
 
Sharing a beautiful 4800 sq. ft. home in downtown Phoenix provided a unique opportunity for the team to bond at the track, on the trails, in the kitchen & by the pool.
 
Special thanks to Monique Della Penna (aka Momma Monique) who went way beyond expectation taking care of the team, Coach Jamie Tarling who kept the house under control & in chaos all at the same time & Coach Nicole Skimming who taught our hurdlers that you must get over the hurdle…every time…or else.
 
Details for the 2019 Arizona training camp will be available in August.

310 Athletes Save Their Best for Nationals

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310 Running had nine athletes meet the qualifying standards for Legion Nationals with five choosing to travel to Brandon, Manitoba to compete in them from August 11-13.
 
Liam Bauer made his first trip to Nationals to compete in the Midget boys 2000 and 1500 steeplechase. On Saturday, Liam’s 6:11.96 knocked 6.66 seconds off his best 2000 time earning him a 16th place finish. He followed that effort up by running a 3.81 second PB in his 1500 steeplechase on Sunday. His time of 4:54.82 was good for 17th place.
 
Lexy Maurice returned to Nationals for the second time to compete in the Midget girls high jump. After successfully making some late adjustments to her approach in practice on Saturday, Lexy easily equaled her personal best height of 1.45m on Sunday. She narrowly missed at 1.50m and finished the competition in 11th.
 
Aysia Maurice, who was also competing in her second Legion National Championships, had a busy weekend. On Friday, Aysia posted a ninth place finish in the Midget girls 1200 with a 3:46.28, eclipsing her previous best time by 5.34 seconds. On Saturday, she also placed ninth posting a 2.47 second PB time of 6:45.99 in her Midget girls 2000. Maurice saved the best for last, running a 5:02.27 in the Midget girls 1500 steeplechase on Sunday. This result was a 6.90 second improvement over her record breaking effort at the Provincial Championships held two weeks earlier and was good for 5th in Canada. 13 year old Aysia now holds the U15 and U16 Ontario Provincial records for the 1500 steeplechase.
 
Cameron Moir made his debut at Legion Nationals in the Midget boys 800. Cameron, who has set PBs in almost every 800 this season, proved once again that he was capable of going faster. His 2:03.14 on Sunday beat his best 800 time by 1.84 seconds to secure a 10th place finish.
 
Finally Sarah-Rose Sullivan, another first timer at Nationals, raced in the Midget girls 800 and 1200. On Friday Sarah-Rose dropped her best 1200 time by 4.56 second finishing just behind her teammate in 10th in 3:48.02. On Sunday, Sullivan was back on the track where her 2:20.49 800 time earned her 7th place and her second PB of the weekend.
 
Out of the nine events the 310 Running athletes competed in, they had six top ten finishes, eight new personal bests, one equaled personal best and everyone improved on their seed position.

2016 Don Olson Classic In The Books

Hundreds of athletes descended on Albion Hills Conservation Area on October 1 to participate in the 4th annual Don Olson Classic 2.5K & 5K trail race.
 
Defending men’s 5K Champion Thomas Witkowicz earned his 3rd consecutive victory in a course record time of 15:56. Dean Cameron took the silver in 16:18 & Jamie Tarling won bronze with a 16:27. Jamie’s time shattered the men’s 20-29 age group record.
 
In the women’s 5K, Alessia Pizzimenti won the gold in 19:59 with Aysia Maurice & Emma Everett close on her heels in the silver & bronze medal positions in 20:02 & 20:03 respectively.
 
Top overall male in the youth 2.5K race was Jack Wierzbicki who crossed the line in 8:32 while top overall female, Ella Jackson, navigated the course in 9:17.
 
For complete 5K results CLICK HERE. For complete 2.5K results CLICK HERE.
 
Thank you to all the athletes & volunteers who make the Don Olson Classic a huge success every year. Thanks to you, we will be making a $7,000 donation to Bethell Hospice this year bringing our 4-year total up to $25,000.