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January 30, 2009
Congratulations to Rachel Lavallée, winner of tonight's 1-mile walk at the 102nd MIllrose Games in New
York. She beat out 11 competitors, but more importantly, her time of 6:47.45 broke the Meet Record of
6:52.12 by about 5 seconds. Rachel also beat last year's winner and 2004 Olympian Teresa Vaill. Way to
News update from June-Marie Provost:
"I BROKE MY LEFT WRIST (AND I AM A SOUTH PAW) ON THE GOLF
COURSE IN FLORIDA, SO HAD TO RETURN TO LONDON FOR
SURGERY. MUST STAY HERE UNTIL MY CAST COMES OFF ON FEB
5TH, SO AM THOROUGHLY ENJOYING WHAT'S HAPPENING
ELSEWHERE WHILE NOT COMPETING MYSELF.
RECIPE FOR BREAKING ONE'S WRIST WHILE GOLFING:
. TAKE ONE RACEWALKER WHO DOESN'T LIFT HER FEET
. PUT GOLF SANDALS ON RW'S FEET
. HIT GOLF BALL THRU SOME TREES
. WALK UP TO TREES TO LOOK FOR GOLF BALL
. DON'T FIND GOLF BALL
. TURN AROUND TO SPEAK TO GOLFING PARTNER WHO IS
DRIVING UP IN CART
. CATCH SANDAL ON TREE ROOT, FALL
. BINGO! BROKEN WRIST!
WARNING: NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE CONTEMPLATING
TRIP TO WMA IN LAHTI, FINLAND!"
Heal up quickly June-Marie! We want to see you soon.
February 16, 2009
Here's a news article from the February 6, 2009 edition of the Peterborough Examiner on Rachel's great
race at the Millrose Games:
One step ahead
Lavallée puts best foot forward
Posted By DALE CLIFFORD, EXAMINER STAFF WRITER
Peterborough racewalker and national team member Rachel Lavallée had several reasons to celebrate
over the weekend.
The 23-year-old former Peterborough Legion Track and Field Club member placed first in a prestigious
event, set a record in the process with a personal best time, and surpassed a tough field, including a
With the Etobicoke-based Ontario Racewalkers Club the last two years, Lavallée, who has been in the
sport since she was 15, won the women's one-mile racewalk at one of the biggest indoor track and field
competitions in the world, the 102nd Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York City on
The only Canadian in a field of 11, she won in six minutes 47.45 seconds, surpassing the previous best
mark by five seconds and her own time by 17 seconds. The daughter of Peterborough's Nil and Christine
Lavallée, she finished ahead of runner-up Teresa Vaill, a 46-year-old former Olympian and one of 10
Americans in the event, who was second in 6:51.33.
Lavallée was runner-up to Vaill in her first Millrose Games last year. Vaill, who has competed in seven U.
S. trials in her 25-year pro career, was crowned national champion as the top American finisher.
"I was very excited," said Lavallée, from San Diego, Calif., where she is training and is with her boyfriend
Tim Seaman, who is also her coach.
"I was up against strong competition and it felt good to beat her (Vaill) for the first time. It was a big
accomplishment because it's one of the biggest events in the world. I was pretty happy to beat the record
and improve my time."
Lavallée attributed her strong showing to improved health as she had been suffering from an iron
deficiency for about a year and had recovered with the help of iron supplements.
"I have had good, consistenttraining and my endurance is almost back to 100 per cent," she said.
"I was told (by some doctors) I was over training but that wasn't it (being tired). My iron was pretty low
before and I'm back to normal. I feel great."
Lavallée has placed first in several events over the years and said this result has been the highlight for her
so far in indoor competition. In outdoor road walks, where she competes anywhere from 5,000 metres to
20 kilometres, placing first with a Canadian record at the Pan-Am Racewalk Cup in Lima, Peru in 2005
Her next event is a 20-km road-walk in San Diego on Feb. 15 and she competes in another Pan-Am Cup
in El Salvador in April.
While in California, she trains with other club athletes in what she calls: "great weather training."
A full-time athlete who graduated with a marketing diploma from Fleming College (Peterborough) last
year, she trains about four days weekly, about three hours each day. She competed in cross-country
running events while at Fleming. Lavallée said she liked racewalking because it was challenging and
different. "It's not that popular but I like that," she said. "It's not something everybody else does. I like the
technique and the discipline you need." Then she laughs. "One challenge is not to run," said Lavallée
January 31, 2009
February 16, 2009
Speaking of Rachel...she achieved a new PB in the 20K at a race in San Diego yesterday bettering her
time by a minute, 30 seconds. Her 1:38:29 is 3rd on the Canadian all-time list and qualifies her for the
World Student Games.
As for the rest of us ORW's, we're plowing our way through the indoor season. Yesterday was race #4.
This coming weekend is a busy one with the Hamilton Indoor Games on Friday night, and the OTFA
Seniors on Saturday afternoon.
March 15, 2009
John Kittredge broke the M60 1,500m indoor Canadian
Record at the Ontario Masters Mini Meet today. It was
close though! John beat Stuart Summerhayes' record,
which has been in place since December 1995 by .2 of
a second! 7:45.2 did the job and got John a spot in the
record books! Way to go John!
March 16, 2009
Congratulations to Rachel Lavallée and Tim Seaman
on their engagement! We wish you guys all the best
and many, many years of health and happiness.
March 18, 2009
A video of the February 19, 2009 women's 1,500m race at the Hamilton Indoor Games is available at this
Click on "Elite Women's Race Walk" at the bottom of the list on the left hand side of the page. This race
features Kitty Cashman, Sayward Spooner and Sarah Raetsen of the Ontario Racewalkers and Joanne
Lamontagne, Linda Wilson and Caroline Samson of the Bytown Walkers.
April 20, 2009
CANADIAN TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
VARSITY CENTRE, TORONTO, ONTARIO
The Canadian Championships will be a very special event again this year for Racewalking enthusiasts.
This championship will not only hold the men and women’s senior 20k racewalk event but also the Junior
men and women’s 10k event. The Junior 10k racewalk event will also act as our National trials for the
Canada vs. USA Junior Dual meet. All of Canada’s top racewalkers will be there.
An open 10k racewalk will be included in the championship.
The NORTHEASTERN CUP: The Northeastern Cup is a 10km challenge event made up of teams from
each state and province with the winner being the team (men & women’s points combined) with the most
points. All athletes entered in the 10k and 20k events are automatically entered in the CUP. British
Columbia won the Cup last year and New York State won the Cup in 2007.
Racewalkers of all ages are welcome to compete with our national champions.
All races will start at the same time.
Invitations are being sent to our USA friends letting them know that they are most welcome to compete in
our championships. This event will offer some of the best competition of any racewalk meet in North
America, not to mention a great tune-up for the USA/Canada Junior Dual meet in August.
Time: 7:30 am start, all walks (10k championship, 20k championship and 10k open walks)
Place: Start: Kings College Circle, Univ. of Toronto. Finish: Varsity Centre Track
Course: Flat, 1k loop
Entries: Enter on line for the National Senior 20k walks and National Junior 10k walks.
For meet information and National event entries go to www.athleticscanada.com
Open 10k walks – Contact Stafford Whalen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for entry forms, or click on this
I look forward to seeing you in Toronto,
Athletics Canada National Race Walk Coordinator.
May 2, 2009
Congratulations go out to John Kittredge for setting a Canadian Record in the M60 10,000m walk
(Outdoors) at the Canadian One Hour in Ottawa in April.
Rachel Lavallée continues to train and compete in the U.S. and overseas. On May 1st she competed in the
IAAF Race Walking Challenge in San Sesto Giovanni, Italy, finishing 20K in 1:39:49.
Currently, everyone is busy training for the Outdoor season. First up is the Art Keay Memorial Racewalk on
June 1, 2009
We had some great results in the Art Keay yesterday! Although there were strong gale force winds, I think
everybody preferred the cooler temperatures over the past humid and muggy ones. Thanks to those of
you who came from afar to do the race.
Results will be posted in the next couple of days.
Also, stay posted for some changes to this site, including the unveiling of our new logo and team colours!
June 22, 2009
It was a hot day for a race on the track yesterday at the OMA Outdoor Championships. Check out the
Less than a week to go until Canadian Nationals.
July 6, 2009
Canadian Nationals were contested last week. Rachel Lavallée defended her Canadian title with a
1:43:28. Inaki Gomez is the Men's 20K walk champion, finishing in 1:32:34. Both Rachel and Inaki are
currently in Serbia to compete in the World University Games.
Kitty Cashman took first place in the Women's Open 10K, while Lee Anne Chisholm took third place with
a great PB.
John Kittredge finished second in the Men's Open 10K.
See all of the results HERE.
November 21, 2009
It was a great day for a walk in High Park! The
weather was great, and the company was even
better. Walkers from Oakville and Yonge/Rosedale
joined us for our Saturday morning workout. We
hope that we can do this again some time!
December 5, 2009
Congratulations to John Kittredge, Kitty
Cashman and Linda Wilson for being the
2009 Masters Athletes of the Year in the
(That's John on the very left, and Kitty and Linda on
the very right)