MARS Runners traveled to Taylor Creek in Toronto today to compete in the first race of the Breslin Cup four race XC series. MARS entered two teams and each came second in its category. The team of Lowell Greib, Helen Dempster and Roger Penney placed 2nd in the men’s 30-39 category (team’s run in the age group of their youngest runner and men’s team can have one woman on the team and that woman can run one age group older if needed). The team of Troy Cox, Katherine Ahokas and Pierre Mikhail placed second in the men’s 40-49 age group.
Individual results were also impressive. Troy Cox placed 5th overall, with Pierre Mikhail in 15th, and followed quickly by Penney, Greib, Ahokas and Dempster. Cox and Mikhail finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the men’s 45-49 category. Ahokas won the women’s 30-35 race and Dempster placed 2nd in the women’s 40-44 age group.
The Breslin Cup is a true team event. At each race a team’s best five results (weighted by age in comparison to world record times in that distance) are added up. A team’s best three races are averaged to calculate their final score. There are four races total in the series and any team completing 3 or more races with five or more runners has a chance to win the cup. After one race, MARS finds itself in second place.
The club will bypass the next race October 6 so that it can support the local Muskoka Mud Run. It will continue its quest for the Breslin Cup November 3 at the 8km race at Sunnybrook Park in Toronto, and November 17 at the Ontario XC Championships in London.
It’s never too late to join these MARS runners at the next race!