This weekend a few MOCers participated in the Montreal marathon and associated events. The red and white of MOC could be seen at the front of the pack in both the men’s and women’s half marathons.
Elizabeth Mokrusa, looking to cap off a year in which she has run personal bests in the 1500m (4:56.79), 5000m (18:09) and 10000m (38:17 for the provincial championship), held a much-faster-than-PB pace through 16k, and only faded slightly, finishing 2nd overall in a time of 1:25:52, one minute and 25 seconds faster than her previous half marathon best. She will now done the maroon and gold of her school team, the Concordia Stingers, and complete her final year of CIS cross-country eligibility. She plans to run the Montreal marathon next September, with teammate Melanie Myrand.
Steve McElligott, in preparation for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon later this fall, was testing out his form, and despite a wonky IT-band, managed a solid 6th place in 1:15:18. The cold, rainy weather and lack of competition made for a lonely day, as the placings did not change much past the first 5k marker. With only a couple big marathon workouts left, Steve will now work hard in recovery, and rest up for the big 42.2k. He hopes to better his time of 2:33:21, set last year in Philadelphia, after the New York Marathon cancellation forced him to change venues at the last minute.
Freshly back home on his native soil, Michael Paquet improved his personal best in the half-marathon from 1:22:49 to 1:18:36. This large jump can be attributed to his hard work while living in Serbia, his wife’s home. The couple have now settled in Quebec City, and Michael will continue to represent MOC as a satellite member.
François Jarry, a first-year McGill student, completed his first marathon in 2:58:40, no mean feat considering he’s been rolling along with the group doing only cross country training. He’ll turn his spikes to the track this winter and hopes to earn a spot on the varsity squad.
Next up for MOC will be the CADL cross country meet this weekend. Look for Nassim Ennaboaoui to lead the way for Champlain-St. Lambert in the collegiate men’s 8k.