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Triathlete Adam O’Meara pulled off the rare race win while pushing a baby jogger with a child (daughter Rei) on board. The last time that happened was when Rob Reid, owner of Frontrunners, won a 5K in Oak Bay during the 1990s.
Sunday, Reid was in Calgary watching his son race, while in Oak Bay, his succession plan, Nick Walker presided over the very popular Oak Bay Half Marathon.
O’Meara crossed the finish line first in the time of 1:18:55.
Peterson Perrin led the race for the first half, and then O’Meara caught up near 14K at Cattle Point and continued to push heading south on Beach Drive and around to the finish next to Windsor Park.
“Actually, I do a fair amount of training with the baby jogger including the two weekend runs. The kids love it,” said O’Meara. “I am a bigger guy, so I don’t think that the uphill hurt me too much and certainly the downs and flat areas even easier.”
There was a short discussion about challenging the 130-pound Walker to a baby jogger race being a recent father as well.
Perrin finished second overall, however, the results at press time didn’t have his name listed. He finished in approximately 1:20:00; the third and fourth place finishers were Dmitry Shulga and Nathan Murray who crossed the line in 1:20:07 and 1:20:22, respectively. The first master was Felipe Edora. He competes in the 50-59 category and finished in the time of 1:20:38.
The first female was also the first masters age athlete (40-49) in Cheryl Nicholls, who crossed the line at 1:26:00. She held the lead from the gun and never relinquished it. Sara Kelly finished second in 1:31:46, while the third woman was Jenny Bulk in 1:31:59.
In the 10K race James Richardson won in the time of 38:09. He won by over 3:10, but the race for second was tight as he and Chris Walsh battled hard to the line, White finished in 41:19, one second in front of Walsh.
Mel Russell won the women’s race in 43:58. Karmen Kelly was a half-a-minute back in 44:35 and was the first master. Kelly McKean finished third in 46:37.
Four-hundred and 47 runners took part the 10K race and 599 in the half marathon.
Thirty-one relay teams took in the Ekiden relay. Ekidens are a very popular relay-style road race in Japan. The Oak Bay Half Marathon is the only Ekiden race in BC.
“It’s great, we had over 1500 people registered total,” said Race Director Nick Walker. “That’s a great number consider there are three other charity walks in Greater Victoria as well as a MEC series race and a triathlon in Duncan.”
Full results are available, here>>
“It’s a busy weekend, but it just goes to show you how recreationally minded Victoria is.”