Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Calgary girl breaks the tape at Disney Marathon 5K


It was a milestone weekend for runners on the thirtieth anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in Orlando, Fla., and a big day for Calgary runner and fashionable pentathlete Kelly Fitzsimmons, who broke the tape to win the runDisney 5K on Thursday in 18:55.

The race drew in 100,000 runners and spectators from all over the world, who lace up their sneakers for the 4 signature runDisney occasions, that includes the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K, plus the Dopey Problem (which includes runners finishing all 4 races, throughout 4 days).

Fitzsimmons says she was stunned to interrupt the tape: “I really feel like I pulled a beginner mistake by slowing down to interrupt the ending tape as a substitute of working proper by means of,” she laughs.

“All and all, it was a brilliant enjoyable race and expertise, moreover the two:30 a.m. wake-up name,” Fitzsimmons laughs. The race began at 5 a.m. on Jan 5.

Fitzsimmons is a contemporary pentathlete who represented Canada on the 2019 Pan American Video games in Peru. The fashionable pentathlon is an Olympic sport consisting of 5 occasions: fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian (present leaping), pistol capturing and cross-country working.

Within the marathon, Daniel Dos Santos of Brazil and Katherine Cargiulo of Salem, N.H., had been the winners on the lads’s and girls’s sides. Dos Santos received the race in 2:26:51, 33 seconds forward of his Brazil compatriot Vanilson Neves (2:27:24). Cargiulo completed 5 minutes forward of the second-place finisher in 3:00:13. McKenna Jackson of Sarnia, Ont., was the highest Canadian within the marathon, with a sixth place end (3:11:31).

Disney’s inaugural marathon weekend began in 1994, and to rejoice the race’s thirtieth yr, runners wearing 90s spirit with themed merchandise, leisure, medals and characters on the course.


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