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National Capital Race Weekend

National Capital Race Weekend

April 21, 2005 10:30 ET

Top Canadian Athletes Target MDS Nordion 10K Win




APRIL 21, 2005 - 10:30 ET

Top Canadian Athletes Target MDS Nordion 10K Win

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 21, 2005) -

Canada's most competitive 10K expected at 2005 Ottawa Race Weekend

Two of Canada's running elite, Bruce Deacon and Emilie Mondor, have
confirmed that they will be at the start line of the MDS Nordion 10K,
one of the Ottawa Race Weekend's most disputed titles. Over 10,000
runners are expected to participate in the MDS Nordion 5K and 10K events
on May 28th, events that have been growing in popularity and in
competition in recent years.

Deacon, 38, a former Ottawa resident now living in Victoria, B.C., is a
two-time Olympian (1996 and 2000), a silver medalist in the Pan American
Games (2003), and winner of the 2000 Ottawa Marathon, making him the
Canadian Marathon Champion for that year. Deacon retired from marathon
running in 2004, running his last 42 km course in Victoria in October.
Since then he has turned his focus to shorter distances. Deacon is no
stranger to the MDS Nordion 10K: he is a two-time winner of the event
(1995 and 1996). The 2005 race will be his first return to that race
since 2003 when he placed 11th with a time of 30:15. Last year, the race
was fiercely competitive as Kenyan Duncan Kibet's time of 28:59 beat
Eric Chirchir by just one second. In 2005, Deacon will face stiff
competition from Kenya, Morrocco and Australia, in addition to other top
Canadian runners.

While Deacon is a familiar face to the Ottawa Race Weekend, Emilie
Mondor, 23, is a newcomer to the event but not to the sport. In fact,
Mondor holds the title of being the first Canadian woman to ever run
5000 m in under 15:00, a feat she accomplished in 2003 at the World
Championships in Athletics. She also led Team Canada to a bronze medal
in the 2004 World Cross Country Championships, just a few months before
she finished 17th in 5000m at the Athens Olympics.

Mondor's personal record for a 10K is a phenomenal 31:10, the second
fastest time by a Canadian woman in that distance, and the fourth
fastest in the world for 2004. Mondor's main competition at this year's
event will be returning 2004 champion, Ethiopian Aster Demissie.

"Thanks to MDS Nordion's ongoing support, we've assembled the most
competitive 10K field in Canada, if not one of the best international
fields in North America," says Rodrigues. "This year, we are hoping to
witness a new course record in both the men's and the women's category,
in addition to celebrating a new Canadian 10K road record from Emilie."
For 2005 the long-time race sponsor has increased their support to
create MDS Nordion Race Day - which includes both the 10K and the new
MDS Nordion 5K event.


The Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada's premier running festival, combines
competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive
contribution to the health of the community. The Race Weekend has over
23,000 participants in 9 races, including the MDS Nordion 10K and the
ING Ottawa Marathon. It is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. This
year, the Race Weekend is scheduled for May 27-29.


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Contact Information

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    National Capital Race Weekend
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