WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you By Paul Gains Although the 2013 racing calendar is not even half way through, it is fair to say Natasha Fraser has already caught the attention of road racing aficionados everywhere. Moreover, she has also established herself as a strong contender for the Ottawa 10k on May 25 - an IAAF Silver Label race. The 31-year-old resident of Port Moody, B.C. began the year with a stunning victory at the Harriers Pioneer 8k in Victoria. Her time of 25:28 smashed the course record, which had been held for 27 years by Canadian Olympian Debbie Scott and caused much chatter on running forums across the continent.
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WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated The Canadian contingent of athletes competing in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on April 28th will be bolstered by a strong field of both men and women competing primarily in the middle distance events. “My goal for Payton Jordan is to toe-the-line ready to hurt, and then hurt some more and beat as many people as I can in my section.” In the men’s 800m race the University of Guelph’s Anthony Romaniw and the unattached Quin Ferguson lead the way, as they both have run under 1:48. Ferguson’s personal best of 1:47.11 is two years old though, where Romaniw ran his best during the 2012 season. Complementing the top two are a pair of University of Victoria Vikes, Adam Gaudes and Thomas Riva who own personal bests of 1:48.90 and 1:49.54, respectively. Also running are, Stuart Ellenwood, Travis Vugteveen and Cameron Proceviat, the latter three will be representing Simon Fraser University. The standards for making the Canadian team going to the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in the 800m are, “A” 1:45.40 and “B” 1:46.30.
WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Clifford Childs and Natasha Fraser continue to run well in advance of their goals to qualify for international competition. Childs wants to compete at the International University Sport Federation Championships (FISU), that take place in Kazan, Russia in July 2013. Fraser is seeking the qualification standard for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships that take place in Moscow, Russia from August 10th to the 18th. In terms of performance, both took a step closer to their goals Sunday, April 21st at the Vancouver Sun Run.
WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you Colleen Goodwyn-Ryan Vancouver Sun Run Vancouver, BC (April 21, 2013) – With many sporting colours of blue and yellow in honour of the Boston Marathon, the 2013 Vancouver Sun Run was another jubilant celebration of health, fitness and community spirit with 48,196 registered. From start to finish, participants gave it their all while enjoying the spectacular beauty of running the largest 10K in Canada. Paul Kimugul from Kenya claimed the victory in the Men’s Overall Division with a time of 29:04. Finishing second overall was Ian Burrell of Tucson, Arizona with a time of 29:17. Officially placing third overall was Edwin Kaitany of Kenya clocking 29:36. Clifford Childs of Victoria claimed the Top Canadian Male spot with 30:09.
© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated A casual Skype conversation with Natasha Fraser, who had just returned from the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
© Copyright -2013 - Athletics Illustrated Twenty-four-year-old Rachel Cliff of Vancouver, BC competed in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where she helped Team Canada (senior women) to a top-10 finish. Teammate Natash Fraser finished one position in front of Cliff however, they recorded identical times. They finished in 24th and 25th position, respectively.
Emily Hooper - Athletics Canada Veuillez cliquer ici pour voir la version franÃ§aise Bydgoszcz, Poland - All four Canadian teams finished in the top ten at today's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships. The senior women's team placed eighth, the junior men and senior women placed ninth while the junior men's team placed tenth.
© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Athletics Canada has sent a talented and fit contingent of athletes to the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships that take place in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday, March 24th. This is the 40th annual edition of the event that started in 1973 in Waregem, Belgium.
© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated The fastest event of the 2013 Vancouver Island Race Series, the Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5k road race is happening this Sunday, March 10th in Sidney, BC (approximately 20 kilometres north of Victoria). The course is flat, fast and provides the potential for very good results. Because of the nature of the flat and straight course the field, as usual, will be competitive. The favourite in the men’s division is Goeff Martinson of Victoria, BC. He is looking to defend his win from 2012, where he set the new course and all-time event record in the time of 14:20, where he was not challenged. This year may be different.
© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated On Sunday, January 13th, 31-year-old Natasha Fraser of Port Moody, BC turned a few heads when she crossed the finish line sixth overall (and first woman) at the Prairie Inn Harrier’s Pioneer 8k road race. She smashed the old course record, finishing in 25 minutes and 28 seconds, the record was previously held by Olympian Debbie Scott (Bowker), which was 26:08, set in 1986. Fraser’s time represents a 40 second improvement over the previous 27-year old record. Fraser has been winning her share of races over the past three years, but what got everyone’s attention wasn’t just the finish time, but also the margin of victory. She finished nearly three minutes ahead of the second place female runner, Sabrina Wilkie who crossed the line in 28:15. The race for second was a little more competitive as Wilkie was followed in by Catrin Jones in 28:26, Anne-Marie Madden 28:38, Lucy Smith 28:45 and Erin Burrett 28:46.
© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Natasha Fraser of Port Moody, BC demolished the field at the 34th Pioneer 8k road race today, finishing in the time of twenty-five minutes and twenty-eight seconds. Fraser set a new course record and finished sixth overall and nearly three minutes faster than the next competitor. The second and third place women were Sabrina Wilkie and Catrin Jones finishing in 28:15 and 28:26, respectively. “I even surprised myself. I looked at my split at 5k and swore out loud, I was way faster than I expected,” said an elated Fraser. She doubled down on the prize money as she earned $1000 for breaking the course record and $300 for the win. The record was previously held my Debbie Scott (Bowker) who ran 26:08 on a different, but slightly faster course in 1986.
OTTAWA- The 2012 Canadian Cross Country Championships take place this Saturday November 24th in Jericho Park Vancouver, B.C., serving as the selection meet for both the 2013 NACAC (North America Central America and Caribbean) Cross Country Championships and IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
Post-race interview with Natasha Fraser, winner of the BC Cross Country Championships, Saturday, October 27th.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Natasha (Wodak) Fraser of Port Moody, British Columbia is preparing to compete in her favourite running discipline, cross-country. She plans to race the Canadian Cross Country Championships that take place at Jericho Beach near downtown Vancouver on Saturday, November 24th.