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Post Mont-Tremblant 10K Musing – Was it that Jacqueline Gareau?

Like any dedicated age-group runner, I generally take a morning-after look at the on-line results from my week-end race.  I first briefly scan the top overall and masters results.  Then on to the real interest area – my age group results: who turned up in my AG, their times in comparison to mine, etc.  This was exactly my morning musing yesterday. With coffee in hand and a good internet connection I went to the results of the 2013 Mont-Tremblant demi-marathon.PENTAX Image

Still gently testing my healing knee, pining to do the half but knowing my training wasn’t sufficient, I ran the 10K event. From overall results posted at the finish, I knew I had placed third in AG. AG winners were not announced at the post-race event so I didn’t have information on others who placed.  On the Results web page, I keyed into F60+ and saw there were nine women in my age group, and some impressive race times.  The F60+ woman in second place, Johanne Fortier, came in at 52:05:6, a good five minutes ahead of my third place finish.

Scanning up to the F60+ first place finisher, I see a time of 45:20.9.  Not only was she first in age group, but 51st place overall and seventh woman to finish. Who is this amazing person?  The name is Jacqueline Gareau, hmmm – Jacqueline Gareau, why is that name familiar?

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Photo credit: Karl Tremblay

Oh, could it be that Jacqueline Gareau, winner of the 1980 Boston Marathon as well as other marathons, a Canadian Olympian among many other accomplishments? I’m thinking, yes it could.

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8115L-jacqueline-gareau-1 Photo Credit: Paul Foisy

I love this about road racing. You never know who will show up at a race, particularly when you are out of your own stomping grounds and stepping into theirs. There is usually no clear way to know who among the crowd is in your age group and when it will be a running legend. That makes the surprises at the finish all the more awe-inspiring.

In addition to sharing an age group, I have something else in common with Jacqueline Gareau.  We have both run Boston, the difference being – and its a big difference – she has won the Boston Marathon and I have met the qualifying time to get there. Judging from the philosophy on Gareau’s  website, we also share a love of nature and an active life.

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Senior Games placed our AG on our backs. No mystery about the competition here.

More about the Mont-Tremblant demi-marathon event in a later post, but in the meantime: If you have had age group competition surprises in your races, drop a comment and let me know.  Let’s compare notes.

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7 Comments»

  Red Hen wrote @

No AG surprises to report. Only because I`ve haven`t been a diligent student of same. Taking notes from you though. Kinda hoping to be placed by the time I hit my 60s. But this is dependent on most other women dropping out at that point. And I don`t want any ex-champs of anything turning up to spoil my fun! 😉

  Still a Runner wrote @

Oh, you say that now, Red Hen. You may feel differently when years from now you look around at a small race and there is not another woman in your age group. Where did they go? It’s a little unnerving.

  Our Life In 3D wrote @

Your post race morning sounds exactly like mine…if I can wait until morning. I look to see who (or who did NOT show up), which always has a bearing on where I finish. Big Congrats to your time! 3rd at any age is impressive. When I saw the winner’s time I almost choked. I strived for 45 minutes in my 40’s. You are surrounded by some great competition! …and fellowship I trust.

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thanks – and yes, I’m so fortunate to have great company & great competition in my age group. Wise women who keep on running.

  11315miles wrote @

Congratulations!

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thank you – and thanks for stopping by.

  Plein Air Summer in the Laurentians | Still a Runner wrote @

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