Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bairu Takes Canadian National 10k Road Title in Toronto

Bairu Quigley and Nelson in 2009 Stanford 10kEight years is a pretty good lifespan for a parakeet, a computer, and a winning streak. In defending his 10k National Title on the roads of Toronto, Simon Bairu remained undefeated in Canadian Road or Cross Country National Championships since 2001. Contended in conjunction with the Oasis ZooRun, Bairu won in a largely solo effort, clocking 29:48 to miss the course record by just seven seconds.

Although Bairu felt the field had deep enough talent to see five men break that mark, at the conclusion of the race, he said, “The course was one of the more difficult courses I have run on.  The entire race was in the [Toronto] Zoo which meant a lot of turns; it was also a hilly course and the temperature was COLD!”  Despite several years in Madison, WI and a relocation to the milder, but still northern-oriented Portland, OR, he admitted “I don’t think I could survive living in Regina over an entire winter season anymore.”  But if any Canadian elites would that Bairu is getting soft… well, the record still doesn’t offer much hope. Bairu explained that he wants the National success to be only a starting point:

Not that I have ever questioned my ability and determination but with the nature of sport, [staying undefeated is] a hard task to accomplish. Life has truly been a blessing, and I know these things don’t last so I just try to enjoy every moment of it as it happens without worrying about what the future holds. The focus now is to translate the success that I have had at the national level over the past eight years to marathon success at the international level over the next eight years! That’s no easy task, but with patience and my determination to succeed, I have all the confidence that it will be done… although going undefeated might be a stretch.

Next up, Simon will put his unbeaten streak on the line at the Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held November 28th, followed by a test of his increased training volume: the Houston Half Marathon, on January 17th.

A nice recap of the Canadian 10k Champs, including some photos of Simon, can be found here.

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