CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK & FIELD
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012
VANCOUVER SUN RUN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOHNSTON FINISHES 13TH IN VANCOUVER SUN RUN
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trinity Western middle distance and cross country runner Blair Johnston took yet another impressive step in his young running career Sunday as the 19-year-old from Surrey, B.C. finished 13th in the Vancouver Sun Run with a time of 31:53 over the 10 kilometre course.
With his time, Johnston finished 10th amongst Canadians and was fourth in the 19-24 age category.
For Johnston, who finished his first season with the Spartans in March after winning the bronze medal in the 1500m at the Canada West Championships, the Sun Run was a valuable learning experience as he not only competed against the 48,906 registered runners but he was also up against some of the best road runners in the country.
“This was simply another step in Blair's evolution as a national level runner,” said Spartans endurance coach Mark Bomba. “There was no specific emphasis on the Sun Run as a major event on his racing schedule, but instead it came at the beginning of his training for outdoor track. The Sun Run is the premier road race in Canada and one of the biggest in the world, so for Blair to do this as his first foray into the world of prestigious races is a testament to his talent and ability to handle pressure.
“Getting him to experience the nervous energy of an event where almost 50,000 people are participating can be intimidating for some young runners, but Blair handled it with his typical mental focus. He was lining up against national team members and Olympians and showed a great deal of maturity in controlling his emotions.”
Johnston finished 2:41 behind winner Kelly Wiebe of the University of Regina.
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