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Lam and teammates Blair Johnston, and Joel De Schiffart went 1-2-3 wearing matching adidas kits, that resemble a sprinter’s kit, sporting a gray abstract pattern. “We went after it because it gives you a bit of a team feeling and you can make out where your teammates are in the race,” said Johnston, who took the lead early in the race and dragged the field out at approximately a 3:02 pace.

“It was good. I didn’t quite have the fitness to stick with these guys at the end, but I am just back after a break to take another serious run at cross-country,” said De Schiffart, who is originally from Nanaimo. He was racing off cross-country and mountain biking fitness.

“I was burnt out from running and came back for cross country but wasn’t happy with the results, so I will put in another good effort with these guys.” It was Lam’s first win during the Vancouver Island Race Series. Johnston and De Schiffart finished in 24:26 and 24:38, respectively. “This was good for both Lam and Johnston,” said Coach Mark Bomba.

“We have been working on some mental things as well as tweaked some of his training. Lam’s workouts have indicated for awhile that he is capable of what he did today.”