Gru­elling 12th an­nual race set for Sun­day

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

Five hun­dred run­ners are en­tered in what is likely the most chal­leng­ing race on the pro­vin­cial road race cal­en­dar, the Cape to Cabot 20-kilome­tre Sun­day.

It’s the 12th an­niver­sary of the event, which chal­lenges all run­ners, re­gard­less of abil­ity.

Start­ing at the Cape Spear Light­house, the race takes run­ners out Black­head Rd., through Shea Heights, and through down­town St. John’s. It fin­ishes with a run up Sig­nal Hill.

The climb up Sig­nal Hill is ex­actly the last mile of the race, and has been dubbed the Munn Mile.

As for the 20K course, con­sider this: there’s a 550 me­ter el­e­va­tion gain, 450 me­tre el­e­va­tion drop, only three of the 20 kilo­me­tres are run on flat ground, and the course fea­tures four ma­jor climbs. Win­ners of the Ian Ash Me­mo­rial Tro­phy last year were Mark Greene and Caro­line Mcil­roy.

Greene edged out Sea­mus Boyd-porter by only 33 sec­onds, while Mcil­roy added an­other ti­tle to her impressive re­sume, fin­ish­ing two min­utes ahead of Alison Walsh.

Mcil­roy was 13th over­all.

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