Rain or shine, the 12th Annual Go the Distance eight and three kilometre race Friday (June 28) was going to have runners at the starting line.
The biggest race was the 223 athletes in the eight-kilometre, but the 57 people in the three-kilometre run managed to get just as wet by putting away the umbrellas and stomping in puddles around the Western University campus course.
Cleve Thorson, from Guelph, took home the top spot for the men in the long run by besting the next athlete by 20 seconds with a time of 25:23. Local Leslie Sexton won on the women’s side by clocking in at 28:29 — 10th overall.
In the three-kilometre run London’s Joel Brac finished in first place with a time of 11:44, while Strathroy’s Alyssa Girardin crossed the finish line six seconds later.
A one-lap kiddie trot around TD Waterhouse’s 400-metre track was also held.
The clock time wasn’t the only number that mattered.
Funds raised through the event go towards the Hope’s Gardens — a non-profit, charitable organization offering support and resources to people with eating disorders, as well as their friends and family. Last year more than $3,000 was raised.
Go the Distance is the third event in the six-race London Honda Road Series, where points are culminated for each athlete’s ranking in every race they take part in.
The next event will be the Summer Night five-kilometre run and kiddie trot held July 19th with the start line in front of the Barking Frog. Funds garnered will go to the Bereaved Families of Ontario – Southwest Region.