Skaters Set Records At Canadian Outdoor Championships

Roller Sports Canada held its annual Canadian Outdoor Speed Championships in Toronto. The competition was held this past weekend.

Skaters came from Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario to compete at the Father John Redmond 400-meter track. Skaters who use the track, which is located near lake Ontario, usually encounter windy conditions. Skaters faced very strong winds on Saturday. On Sunday, winds were weaker, but were shifting directions.

Despite the wind, many Canadian Outdoor Records were set, including Primary, Freshmen, Intermediate, and Senior levels.

These Championships served as a qualifier for Canadian skaters to represent Canada at the upcoming World Roller Speed Skating Championships being held in China this September. No skaters tried out for the World Team. This means Canada won’t be fielding at team at the World Championships.

The 2010 Canadian Outdoor Speed Championships will take place in Calgary in July. Dates & more information will be posted on the website.

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Photo Peter Doucet, SpeedSkateWorld.com

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Photo Peter Doucet, SpeedSkateWorld.com

Canada Day Marathon In Cambridge- Doucet & Echardour Victorious

The Canada Day Marathon & Half Marathon were held on July 1st in Cambridge. This year’s course featured newly paved sections of asphalt.

With a good turout of skaters from Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and the USA, the race ended up being a success.

Featuring good levels of competition, an open-road course, and a BBQ, the Canada Day Marathon has become a main-stay on the Canadian roller speed skating scene.

Race organizer Jim Mallard and his team of volunteers put together a good event and were very appreciative of the support from local clubs & skaters.

Peter Doucet finished in the top positiong in the marathon after breaking away from an attack that featured Sergio Almeralla and Benoit Tremblay. Almeralla and Trembaly skated with a small group of skaters. The second and third steps of the podium were decided in a sprint, with Almerally claiming 2nd and Benoit Letrouneau coming in 3rd.

Morgane Echardour edged out Sarah Hopkins in a close sprint to post the fastest women’s marathon time. Dominique Lalonde finished in 3rd.

Click here to view photos and to find the preliminary results.

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Otttawa’s Sergio Almeralla leads Calgary’s Alex D’mello and the rest of the marathon lead group- photo by Harry Wallace, from SpeedSkateWorld.com