The Canada Day Marathon was held in ideal conditions in Cambridge on July 1st.
With good participant support including skaters from Quebec, Ottawa, and the United States, this year’s Canada Day Marathon was another addition to the streak of the well supported marathon held in favorable conditions.
Race organizer Jim Mallard & his family supported by Lenny Porter & his family, Wayne Burrett, and other hard-working volunteers put a good effort to put together this yearly event.
Ottawa’s Sergio Almeralla- photo Peter Doucet/ SpeedSkateWorld.com
Ottawa’s Sergio Almeralla & Mississauga’s Morgane Echardour topped the competition in the 42km marathon.
Almeralla, who represented Canada at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships, broke away from the lead group early on and never looked back on his way to victory. Helping Almerally secure a commanding lead was a tentative and hesitant pack that couldn’t organize a chase. Finishing 2nd in a sprint was Jesse Pauley. Newcomer Constant Montpellier came in 3rd.
Morgane Echardour, who has also represented Canada at the World Championships, stayed in the lead pack for most of the race, finishing ahead Shannon Hegarty to win the women’s race. Hegarty set a personal-best marathon time on her way to earning the silver medal. Candy Wong, from Richmond Hill, placed 3rd.