ABOUT THE RACE
The 16th annual Mount Albert Sports Day 5k Run/Walk will be held on June 2, 2018. The Athletics Canada/Run Canada certified race route passes through the residential and business sections of Mount Albert into the slightly rolling countryside. It encourages racers of all ages and abilities. The race records are hotly contended, and the race is also fun and family-focused. All racers receive free entrance into the fair on race day.
Finish medals for the first 400 finishers; age group medals 3-deep; medals and prizes to the top male/female, medals to the top family and team, and a trophy (+ bragging rights) for winners of the Mount Albert Community Team Challenge. All bib numbers automatically entered for great draw prizes. Racers must be present to collect draw prizes. Cash prize of $100 for a new record: male record 15:28, female record 16:32. What better way to celebrate National Health and Fitness Day!
2018, the 16th Anniversary
for the Mount Albert 5Km Run/Walk
Michal Fairburn had the children of Mount Albert run through parts of the town, on the streets and through the trails.
This was held on the Saturday morning of Sports Day Weekend.
The race went so well and so enjoyed by the kids and their parents that Michal got a committee together the next year. The Mount Albert Sports Day 5k Run was born!
The race started out going west along King Street and ended on a brief downhill after rounding past the TD Bank, onto Main Street.
The race was taken over by Jen and Ray Mark. The race changed direction to accommodate the businesses along Centre Street, which are open on Saturday mornings. The race continued to grow over the next few years.
The race acknowledged the many walkers taking part, adding a walking category (for the top 3 walkers).
The race records were set by Mario Iozzo (15:28) in 2006 and Sarah Nagy (17:57) in 2007.
A team category was added and had instant success.
Lee Sitarz took over as race director, and continued to keep the race alive.
Elizabeth and Ray Gillis became the race directors, and turned the race into a business – allowing for growth and excitement in the future.
Elizabeth was joined by Jen Mark again - 281 participants - a record! And our first thunderstorm mid-race.
Success in our 10th anniversary! Great food and tons of draw prizes! Rained hard, but no one was deterred.
Technical t-shirts make their debut as well as full chip timing! We also had shattered our previous entry record, registering an astounding 331 participants!
Robin Campbell and Elizabeth Gillis sign on as co-directors for the 12th year! New this year: finishers medals for all 327 participants!
A new participant record - 374 registrants in 2015! We have a new female record holder - Tamara Jewett with a time of 16:32.6. Mario Iozzo - 15:28 (2006) still holds the male record. Congratulations to the overall winner and 1st male, Keaton Smee with a time of 15:57.8.
Another participant record broken - 416 registrants in 2016! Kathleen Miller and Kim Mortson sign on as co-directors. The committee has new and veteran volunteers, all eager to continue the tradition of organizing a fun event in support of the Mount Albert Community.
Another beautiful day for the run and over 400 participants for the 15th anniversary of the run / walk.
What People Are Saying About The Race
Stephanie — participant
“Great event on Saturday. Thank you to the race organizers. I was excited to get a finisher medal this year.”
Brent — participant
“Great race! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out! The people cheering at the end of the race really helped me with my extra kick. I look forward to running every year. I had a great race today and was pleased with my time and effort. Thanks again!”
Carol — participant
“Thanks for another great race! We ran as a family which was a first for me. I sort of left my hubby and son behind at the Mainprize water station but we all did well just the same ;-). My boys crossed the line at 27 minutes!”
Laura — participant
“Really great day — big thanks to all the organizers and volunteers! I helped 2 of my personal training clients train for this being their first 5km race and they both did it in under 30 minutes!!”
JP — participant
“My first event. It was a great time. Well organized, fun participants, nice route … all in all I had fun. Its got the small town feel with a closed off route, lots of neighbors cheering you on … highly recommended.”
Kim — participant & sponsor
“I’ve run the Mt. Albert Sports Day 5km Run/Walk many times and have always enjoyed the fact that this event is right here in my own community. The event not only celebrates athletic achievement but also encourages and supports active living for all. What better way to get people outside running or walking and having fun at the same time!”