The field of 568 break from the starting line at the 10th annual Moose Jawg Charity Road Race. The 5km winners Karissa LePage (295) and Iain Fyfe (465) and the 10km men's winner Matt Neff (966) all break out of the gate quickly. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
The biggest field in the 10 year history of the Moose Jawg Charity Road Race had the Wakamow Valley teaming with everything from elite runners to pre-schoolers.
The record-breaking field of 568 runners — up from 425 last year — took part under ideal conditions. In addition approximately 75 young “runt runners” had a fun run before the full race began.
“It was really successful. When you go up 140 runners from last year to 560, that’s pretty darn good,” said Jawg organizer Dawn Luhning. “It was perfect weather. We’ve been lucky for 10 years in a row.”
The big field had a surprisingly positive effect for the men’s 10 km winner Matthew Neff. When Neff arrived he had planned to run in the 5 km event.
“They ran out of 5k bibs at the start, so I had to double my distance,” said Neff. “I was just coming out to have fun. I wasn’t worried too much about it when I had to run the 10k. All I was thinking at the 5k point was ‘man I wish I was running a 5k today.’”
Caitlin Warkentin from the University of Saskatchewan broke her own race record that she set a year ago. Warkentin ran the 10km in 36 minutes and 24.3 seconds — a minute and 50 seconds faster than last year.
Neff ran an impressive 34:16.8 seconds to win the 10 km. He was still in high school 10 years ago when he won the inaugural 5 km at the Jawg.
Two members of the University of Regina track team won the 5km races.
Iain Fyfe won the men’s 5km in a time of 15:25.3. Karissa LePage won the women’s 5km in 18:49.8. Eric Wiebe from Moose Jaw was third in a time of 16:50. Katelyn Silversides from the U of R was the fastest local women’s 5k runner. She finished seventh in 21:34.3.
Joel Mikuliak from Moose Jaw won the 19-and-under men’s age group in the 10km with a time of 54:27. Tighe’s second-place overall time of 34:35 did win him the 30-39 age class.
Elisabeth Smith from Moose Jaw won the women’s 50-59 10km age group in a very fast 48:52. Caronport Vi Thiessen won the women’s 60-69 10 km age group in 58:17.
Last year the Jawg raised $8,000 for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. Given the increase in entrants, Luhning is confident that the event raised in the range of $9-10,000 for the Foundation.
In their nine previous years, proceeds from the Jawg have raised just shy of $40,000 for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation.