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Williamstown runner completes virtual marathon

Williamstown’s Wendell Lafave, a marathoner who’s completed runs in every Canadian province, every U.S. state, and many other places around the world (including Antarctica), finished the Ottawa Virtual Marathon on Sunday.

The event was organized following last month’s cancellation of Race Weekend in the nation’s capital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Ottawa Marathon is a popular course for many from our region, with some using it as a qualifier for the storied Boston Marathon. The Boston run, along with the St. Lawrence Marathon (Cornwall) are among other 2020 events that have been cancelled.

As described on the Ottawa Virtual Marathon website, organizers have chosen to go virtual this year, extending the participation opportunity through to September 7.


Athletes are encouraged to “run your race at your pace while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines provided by your local public health agencies … Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 participants will receive all the amenities of a live, in-person event: a customizable race bib, commemorative finisher medal and T-shirt, option to upload finish times to the Sportstats results platform, plus a few surprises from our event partners.”

Participants will also receive a 50 percent entry fee reduction for the 2021 run, which hopefully will return to the streets of Ottawa.

In addition to the marathon distance, there are shorter runs available (half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, 2 km), as well as a kids run of 1.2 km.

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Neilsen, Barnes top half marathon field at 2019 Chilly Willy Run

Glengarry’s own Eric Neilsen ran the best half marathon time at the 2019 edition of the Chilly Willy in Williamstown today, completing the 21 km course in 1 hours, 21 minutes, and 57.1 seconds. The top female finisher was Guylaine Barnes, sixth overall, at 1:50:12.6.

Eric Neilsen, left, and Guylaine Barnes were the male and female winners of the half marathon course at the 2019 Chilly Willy Run. (Sheila Lafave photos)
Kathy Thompson and Todd Giroux

Placing second through fifth were Christian Belair (1:22:39.9), Paul Lalonde (1:36:44.8), Phil Barnes (1:39:30.2), and Chris Diraddo (1:47:13.1).

Seventh through tenth finishers were Biana Charlebois (1:58:36.2), Lindsay Laframboise (1:58:36.3), Kim Potvin (2:05:46.4), and Chantal Lalonde-Beaudette (2:12:19.5).

To view the complete results from the half marathon, follow this link.

In the 10 km race, Todd Giroux had the best time, finishing the course in 48 minutes, 52.8 seconds. Kathy Thompson recorded the top time amongst women (fourth overall), crossing the finish line in 57 minutes, 45.4 seconds.

Placing second overall was Peter Moody (53:56.2), with Reg Desjardins third (57:22.1). Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Denise Roy (58:19.3), Cheryl Lariviere (1:01:36.6), Donna Magher (1:06:18.2), Chrissy Stevens (1:06:16.3), Johan Stevens (1:06:19.2), and Sonia Poirier (1:08:03.9).

Kira Bombardier and Tristan Bombardier

The dynamic brother-sister duo of Tristan Bombardier and Kira Bombardier won as top male and female runners on the 5 km course.

Tristan finished with a time of 19 minutes, 37.7 seconds, while Kira crossed the finish line fifth overall, at 22 minutes, 4.1 seconds.

Lachlan McDonald (21:00.6), Zachary Franks (21:39.1), and Marty Dettman (21:42.5) took second, third, and fourth overall, respectively.

Completing the top 10 were Ella Campbell (23:02.8), Glen Campbell (23:05.8), Kathy Stajkiwski (23:17.9 ), Scott Giroux (24:26.7), and Matthew Heagle (24:44.0).

This was the fifth annual running of the Chilly Willy, which is organized by race director Sheil Lafave and her team. It also serves as a fundraiser for the Sir John Johnson Manor House.

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Chilly Willy Run set for Saturday in Williamstown

The 5th annual Chilly Willy Run will be held Saturday, November 2, in Williamstown, starting and finishing on the grounds of the Sir John Johnson Manor House. In advance of the event, which features half-marathon, 10 km, and 5 km courses, 69 runners had pre-registered. If you didn’t sign up online, you still can participate, as race day registration will open at 8 a.m., with the races themselves scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Official timing will be tracked by The Running Goat. Hot chilli, buns, coffee, and hot chocolate will be served at the finish line.

The event is a fundraiser for the Manor House. Race director is Sheila Lafave.

The weather forecast indicates a temperate of +1 Celsius for the start of the rain, with mostly sunny conditions and negligible to light winds.

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