ONTARIO RACEWALKERS - ATHLETES
We walk in all seasons, but sometimes train indoors in winter to avoid
the ice underfoot.
Newcomers are always welcome. They receive an introductory lesson,
usually on the first Tuesday of the month. The emphasis is on learning
correct racewalking technique, but the camaraderie of the group always
contributes to the experience.
SPECIAL NOTE: GET TO KNOW YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS
We need a digital photo of all members and a short Bio to add to this
page. Please send your picture and Bio to Lily Whalen
Who We Are...
Most of us live in the Toronto
and Etobicoke areas, but we
do have members in other
parts of the province. Some of
us are walking for fitness;
others compete on a regular
Rachel Seaman (nee Lavallée)
Career Highlights (just a few of many!):
- 2005 Pan American Racewalk Cup - Junior Champion (47:37)
- Canadian Junior Record Holder - 10km RW (47:37)
- 3-Time Canadian Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
- 2009 Millrose Games Champion - 6:47.45 (Meet Record)
- 2009 World Student Games (Universade) - 8th Place
- 2009 World Track & Field Championships Participant - 35th Place
Personal Bests: 5km - 22:48 (2007), 10km - 47:30 (2009), 20km - 1:37:22 (2009)
Lily Whalen has been racewalking for 30 years and has no plans to stop anytime soon. She has won
the Canadian Senior outdoor championships twice and has held many records as a senior and now as
a Master. Lily has won gold, silver and bronze medals at the last 2 World Masters Championships. At
age 49 she walked 56.46 for 10k early in the season but had to cut the season short for a knee
operation which put her out for a year and a half.
Personal Bests: 1,500m - 6:57; 3km - 15.37; 5km - 26:57; 10km - 56:44; 20km - 2:00
Sarah Raetsen started racewalking in May 2004 after learning the basic technique from Lora
Rigutto, a former Canadian Junior racewalking record holder. Sarah joined the Ontario
Racewalkers in March 2005 and since then has been training hard and participating in several
track & road races. She is enjoying competing as a Masters athlete and is looking forward to
continuing to racewalk for many years to come.
Goals for 2010: Have fun first and foremost - achieving PB's will just be a plus!
Personal Bests: 1,500m - 7:37.51; 3,000m - 16:32.11; 5km - 28:50; 10km - 59:59
Hans Dinger has been a runner for over 30 years. He wanted to learn racewalking and in the
summer of 2005 he started training under the watchful eye of his coach Stafford Whalen. He
successfully completed his first two races as a racewalker in the fall of the same year. In addition to
racewalking, Hans is also very competitive in middle distance running.
2008 Goals: Compete in Racewalking, meet the Masters standard for both the 3000M Steeplechase
and 400M Hurdles and run a 5K in under 20 minutes.
Kitty Cashman is a Registered Dental Hygienist with her own private practice in Toronto. Kitty
was hiking since the spring of 2000 until she found her coach Stafford Whalen in January 2003.
He had the onerous task of changing her style to racewalking, which is continually being
finetuned. She won 3 gold in 2003 at the World Masters in Puerto Rico, a silver & bronze in 2005
at the World Masters in Spain and 1 silver and 2 bronze in 2007 at the World Masters in Italy.
She has won many medals at the provincial/national Masters meets and has a few masters age
Goals: for 2010: To be more focused and get back into competition mode.
Personal Bests: 1,500m - 7:28.38; 3K - 15:55.24; 5K - 26:49; 10K - 56:06, 20K - 1:59
5K outdoors - 29:32 5,000m indoors - 29:02.40
3000m indoors - 16:33.60 1,500m indoors - 7:45.20
Ann Marie Rosenitch
W60 1,500m outdoor track - 8:36.16 W60 1,500m indoor track - 8:49.99
W65 1,500m outdoor track - 8:46.0 W55 3,000m indoor track - 17:30.58
W60 3,000m outdoor track - 18:24.6 W60 3,000m indoor track - 17:32.1
W65 3,000m indoor track - 19:13.65
Anne de Thy
Catherine McCormack is a full-time mom to two energetic little boys (ages 3 and 5). She
began power walking in February 2008 after watching and being inspired by her 60 yr old mom
who completed her first 1/2 marathon walk the previous fall. In the year that followed Catherine
completed four 1/2 marathons, had a third place finish in a 15K as well as instructed two 1/2
marathon walking clinics through the Running Room. She was introduced to Stafford through a
fellow Ontario Racewalker and began training and learning how to racewalk in spring 2009.
Catherine has an additional incentive to stay fit through racewalking as she suffers from MS.
Thus far she's been fortunate that her disease is mild and allows her to train and race without
incident. Her PBs are: 3,000m - 17:01:27, 10K - 1:01:01; 15K - 1:40:33; and 20K - 2:13:26 (her
first!). Goals for 2010, train harder and get faster. Aspiring to finish the 20K much closer to the
2 hour mark.
Lee Anne Chisholm
Lee Anne was an NCAA distance runner in her early 20's, with her events being cross country,
middle, and long distance. She consistently ran 19:00 and 18:00 5km cross country times, and
track times of 4:50 for the 1500m, 10:45 for 3km, 18:15 for 5km, and 38:00 for 10km. Lee Anne
found running injuries difficult to contend with so she hung up her shoes and started cross
training, and swimming.
She never got turned onto walking until she aided a blind friend in the Scotiabank 1/2 Marathon.
There she decided to try her own 1/2 Marathon. In the 2006 Toronto 1/2 Marathon, Lee Anne
powerwalked 2:31, and began tweaking her form into racewalking. She racewalked her first
unofficial 5km race in about 30:30. She decided to seek coaching in 2009 from Stafford, and has
been consistently lowering her times since joining. Her most recent PB's are 1:00:01 for 10km,
29:58 for 5km, 16:58 for 3km, and an unofficial 7:59 for 1500m.
Joanne Markle Lamontagne
Jean Pierre Fortin
Michael transitioned from wrestling to Racewalking in the March
of 2008 while a sophomore at Notre Dame College ( Ohio).
He is an American citizen who has recently married Jemema
Caratao of Toronto, Canada and he is relocating to Toronto.
He has raced from 1 mile to 50km and has competed on 4 USA
Teams. He is looking forward to joining the Ontario Race
Walkers and being apart of the team. Regardless of competing
internationally for the USA, he loves Toronto and is looking
forward to the many changes ahead both on and off the track.