Press Release from Athletics Canada

Canada Day was the time and the whole country was the setting for the first Virtual Canadian 10 km Championships, presented by Run Ottawa and Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

In the end, 47 runners hit the road separately, but two athletes earned the right to call themselves national champion. Natasha Wodak (Vancouver, BC) retains her title as Canada’s 10 km champion, stopping the clock at a time of 32:41. Justin Kent (Langley, BC) took home the men’s title with a time of 28:52.

Wodak told Athletics Illustrated after her 15:33 5,000-metre time trial the week prior, “I hope to run 32:40 on Canada Day.”

She one second off that time.

Kent at the 2019 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon 8K, where he broke Gary Barber’s course record. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall/Athletics Illustrated

Check out all the results from a historic race day.

Learn more about how some of the contenders prepared for a unique national championship experience.

Don’t forget! You have an opportunity to Beat the Champ by running 10 x 1K intervals, and combining individual segments to beat the winning 2020 10K result of 28:52 (men) and 32:41 (women). Results can be uploaded until Friday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time. All competitors who best the champ’s time will be entered into a draw for prizes provided by Athletics Canada. Details are available at

Wodak at 2019 Prairie Inn Harriers Pioneer 8K as part of the Vancouver Island Race Series. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall/Athletics Illustrated