Thrilling end to Open women’s race as veteran Maguire wins individual & team contest

Liz Maguire (right) tracked down Pippa Norman on the final loop of the Terry Fox track to win the Open women’s race at the Oct. 3 Capital XC Challenge. Photo: Kajama Chabikuli

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By Elio Elia

Thirty-five years separated Liz Maguire and Pippa Norman’s births, but they wound up just 6 seconds apart at the conclusion of the Open women’s 6 km race to produce the most exciting finish of the day at the Capital XC Challenge.

Norman had the edge as the pair entered the Terry Fox stadium, but it was the 53-year-old local racing legend Maguire who prevailed down the home stretch of the track, taking the victory in 25:43.

Maguire also scored decisive points for her Ottawa Lions Red team, which finished tied with Ottawa Lions Black at 18 placement points but got the win on the strength of their #4 runner Rebecca Barton in 7th place.

Rounding out the victorious team were Tiarra Ward (4th), Katharine O’Hearn (6th) and Jennifer Dumoulin (10th).

Jennifer Dumoulin. Photo: Kajama Chabikuli

“It was nice after the summer that we’ve had to find the time to race,” signals Dumoulin, who wears many hats including newly-appointed Lions club president. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to race with the Lions for sure.”

Last season, Dumoulin competed for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees – a “fantastic” team that looked promising this year, she says – though the 34-year-old is now focusing on her unique communication PhD about the use of monsters as metaphors for transmittable and infectious disease in science fiction and fantasy literature.

“It’s going well,” notes Dumoulin, who believes that “being very conscious about how much time you have in the day and focusing on certain time periods” is critical to managing her athletic, academic and community-building pursuits.

Read more coverage on the 2020 Capital XC Challenge via: https://sportsottawa.com/2020/10/07/2020-capital-xc-challenge-coverage/

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