Several runners with the Hamilton Olympic Club “carried” the flag for their members at the recent 113th edition of the Around The Bay Road Race.
Competing in the five-kilometre event, Ahmed Khalif had the best overall showing, finishing 16th in the men’s division in 16:19.3. Within his own age section, 15 to 19 year-olds, he was third.
Running in the women’s division Rebecca Hallam and Rebecca Masten-Davies provided a one-two punch in the 15 to 19 age group. Hallam’s time of 18:29.6 was good enough to top the age section and Masten-Davies was just behind her for second in 18:48.6. Overall, Hallam crossed the finish line in 48th place and was the fourth woman to finish. Masten-Davies finished 52nd and was the seventh women to finish.
Other results had Justin Thomson finishing in the 45th spots overall while posting a 14th place finish in the men’s 15-19 age division. His time of 18:22.3 had him 42 against all males. Brandon completed the circuit in 30th place (17:26.0) while he was 10th in the 15-19 men’s category and the 29th male to finish. Adam Rowles completed the race in the 86th overall spot (20:46.1) and was sixth in the Boys 10-14 category and was the 72nd male to finish. Crossing in the 108th spot was Chelsea Black (21:36.8), seventh in the Women’s 15-19 division, and 19th in the women’s class.
Alyssa DiCesare was the 351st runner to finish the five-kilometre jaunt. Her time of 27:19.9 gave her 16th spot in the Girls 10-14 section and she was 93rd in the Women’s category. Michael DiCesare completed the race in 27:23.2 and was 39th in the Male 15-19 age group, and 262 in the Male division. Overall he completed the race in the 359th spot.
Hamilton’s “The Around The Bay Road Race” is the oldest road race in North America, older than the Boston Marathon. It occurs annually on the last weekend of March, and attracts runners from around the world. This year’s race attracted 7,750 participants.