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The heart of London made the perfect backdrop for the 2012 Downtown 2.5 and 5 km Runs in Support of the London Abused Women’s Centre.
More than 700 runners took advantage near perfect conditions for the runs, which started and ended in Victoria Park after winding through the streets of downtown London.
The younger set kicked off the morning festivities with a fun run down Clarence Street from Dufferin. Next up, a small but eager group of London’s leaders made a one lap trek around Victoria Park as part of the CEO Challenge before the 2.5 race hit the streets at 10 a.m.
First to the wire in the 2.5 km race was Aiden Barry of St. Thomas, covering the distance in 9:34.45 followed closely by Lakeside’s Elizabeth Aarts in a time of 9:55.55.
In the feature 5 km event, it was a pair of London residents, Kyle O’Neil and Adam Stacey leading the pack to the finish line with times of 15:16.25 and 15:21.70 respectively while Floris Willeboordse of the Netherlands coming in third at 15:28.70
This was second event in the 2012 edition of the London Honda Race Series. The next stop for the series will be on June 22 at TD Waterhouse Stadium where it will be the Go The Distance 8 km and 3 km Fun Run/Walk.
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