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XC Ottawa at the Annual Jim Howe Memorial Cross Country Race
By:  Ingrid Hagberg   (2012/10/26)


With October nearing its end, most of us are desperate to get on some snow and hammer out some good races. But until Mother Nature cooperates with us, the next best way to get in some good racing is through cross-country running! And what better running race to do than the Annual Jim Howe Memorial? Set in the Hornet’s Nest out in Orleans, the race offers everything, from pretty fall colours to muddy puddles, and lots of fun (and hurting) everywhere in between. A small contingent of XC Ottawa skiers went out to the Jim Howe last Sunday, decked out in our excellent running singlets from Podiumwear. Two objectives were set for the day: who could run fastest and who could get the muddiest clothing.

Aaron (left), Peter (middle), and Karl (centre). Looks like a close call between Karl and Aaron for the most mud. Compared to them, Peter seems pretty clean (maybe he didn’t run hard enough?).

Megan was the only XC Ottawa skier to compete in the 5.5km, and was the 4th women, with a blistering fast time of 23:12. While Megan quickly grabbed her camera, the rest of us were (somewhat) eagerly completing our 2nd lap to do the 11km race. Karl once again took the win, with a time of 38:04, well ahead of 2nd place. Rounding out the men, Matthias finished 4th, Peter was 6th and Aaron ended up 7th.

Karl well ahead on his 2nd lap.

Peter looking way too happy.

XC Ottawa Alumnus Wayne Dustin also showed up for the race and was looking strong!

On the women’s side, Carleton’s Anna Crawford shut down the women’s field to take the win in a time of 42:58. Liza was the 2nd women in 47:07, and Ingrid finished close behind in 3rd, 49:49.

Liza pushing through on her 2nd lap.

Ingrid's final kick to the finish.

Once again the Run Ottawa Club put on a fantastic, well-organized event. If you’ve never tried the Jim Howe before, be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year as something fun that will give you a huge sense of accomplishment once completed. Thanks to all the volunteers and organisers for making the event run smoothly. A huge shout-out to the sponsors and donors for the race; the draw prizes were excellent!

Here you can find >300 photos of the event taken by Ian Hunter.

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