310 Running’s Aysia Maurice set some bold goals for herself in 2017 and in a year with a lot of ups and one hard down, she proved that she is one of the best 13 year old track athletes in Canada.
During her 2017 indoor campaign, Maurice earned a spot on Team Ontario for the Ontario/Quebec Midget Dual Meet by winning the Midget girls 2000 at the trial meet in a U14 Indoor Provincial record time of 6:48.83. Aysia went on to be the top performing Ontario athlete in the 2000 placing second behind the winner from Quebec at the dual meet.
At the Indoor Provincial Championships in March, Maurice showed her strength and versatility by taking gold in the Bantam girls 1200 and silver in 60m hurdles.
In the transition between the indoor and outdoor seasons, Maurice competed in the WWF CN Tower Climb ascending the 1,776 steps in twelve minutes and 53 seconds, more than a minute faster than any other female athlete participating.
The outdoor season started well with early personal bests and National standard times in the 1,200m and 1,500m steeplechase.
In late June, Maurice went down hard and fractured both of her arms sustaining what, for most, would have been a season ending injury. Undaunted, Aysia was medically cleared to train within days and showed up to the track sporting two casts.
By Outdoor Provincial Championships in late July, Maurice was free of her casts and ready to run fast. She earned three Provincial gold medals, two personal bests and an Ontario U15 steeplechase record in the 1200, 2000 and the 1500 steeplechase over the two day meet.
In August, Aysia competed at Legion Nationals in Brandon, Manitoba. At Nats, Maurice posted three personal bests and three top ten finishes including a 5:02.27 fifth place finish in the 1500 steeplechase to set a new Ontario U15 and U16 record.
Aysia ended her outdoor season ranked first in Ontario in the Bantam girls 1200, 2000 and the Midget girls 1500 steeplechase. The 13 year old finished ranked seventh in Canada in the U20 age group for the 1500 steeplechase.
Maurice’s hard work and success was rewarded on September 30th when she was named the Athletics Ontario Bantam girls distance athlete of the year.
The Don Olson Classic 2.5K & 5K trail race celebrated its 5th anniversary on September 30th with a big crowd, fast times and a new Champion.
There was plenty of speed up front with the top 11 athletes all running under 18 minutes for 5K on the challenging Albion Hills course.
2015 silver medalist Kyle Smith claimed the 5K title this year completing the loop course in 16:19. Last year’s bronze medalist Jamie Tarling moved up a spot to take the silver in 16:30 & Andrew Brown ran 16:40 to earn the bronze.
Jayden Keeler took the women’s 5K title in a new age group record time of 19:12. Aysia Maurice won the silver for the second consecutive year running 19:39 & Megan Logan rounded out the podium with a bronze medal effort of 19:55.
Cameron Moir was the top overall male in the youth 2.5K race coming in at 8:46 while the top overall female for the second consecutive year was Ella Jackson with a time of 9:28.
For complete 5K results CLICK HERE. For complete 2.5K results CLICK HERE
Pricing for Ontario’s best trail race, the Don Olson Classic, goes up on September 25th. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal! Register here.
The DOC features a 2.5K youth only race & a 5K all ages race run on the spectacularly beautiful trails of Albion Hills Conservation Area.
For the ridiculously low price of $35 for the 2.5K & $45 for the 5K, participants get a fantastic race on the prettiest course in Ontario, a long sleeve cotton race shirt, a finishers gift, free food & free downloadable photos.
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Feeling fast? There are 90 awards in 15 categories with the top 3 in each category winning custom medals, the highly coveted DOC winners toques & some cool Nike prizes.
And…..100% of the proceeds from the race are donated to the Bethell Hospice. We have contributed $25,000 so far & hope to make our largest donation yet to celebrate our 5th year.
There is no other race like this. Don’t delay. Register here today!
310 Running’s competitive cross country & fall recreational sessions begin on Monday, August 28th.
These 10 week programs will focus exclusively on running. Typical workouts will be mid to long distance with a reasonable amount hill and speed work.
Running surfaces will vary from soft to hard with a significant amount of work done on trails and grass.
Workouts are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at various locations around Caledon.
ALL registered athlete will receive a FREE entry into the Don Olson Classic 2.5K youth or 5K all ages race held on September 30th at Albion Hills Conservation Area.
For more information, click here. To register, click here.