Wiikwemkoong 10K race numbers way up

WIIKWEMKOONG – The 47th running of the Wiikwemkoong 10K Road Race this year enjoyed near perfect running weather that brought out 63 runners—nearly double last year’s count held in some pretty dismal weather.

The top male runner and the winner of The Expositor trophy this year was Neil Phipps with a time of 38:01, followed in second by Aurel Fox with a time of 38:25 and then third place went to top female runner Sara Mellraith with a time of 41:02. Brent Walker came in fourth with a time of 41:23 with 12-year-old running sensation Lucia Salmaso rounding out the top five with a time of 42:12.

The top male high school runner was Julian Wemigwans, with a time of 45:25, and top female high school runner was Sierra Pangowish with a time of 45:40—both not that far off the top. 

The top female 50+ was Laurie Beaudin 53:16 and top male 50+ runner was Brent Walker with a time of 41:23.

New categories for this year included the first child and second child nine and under to cross the finish line, those were Brayden Wabano (1:05:03) and Lily Beaudry (1:07:40) respectively; and first and second child 10 to 13 to cross the finish line, won this year by the amazing Lucia Salmaso (42:12) and Peyton Ominika (1:12:54). Lucia came in fifth overall.

Twelve-year-old Lucia Salmaso crosses the finish line at the Wiky Road Race, coming in an impressive fifth place overall. photo by Michael Erskine