March 4th, 2001, Coquitlam – This morning’s 3rd annual NetNation 5k Spring Classic took place under clear blue skies and great winter running conditions. Following the traffic-free paved pathways around the track and field facility, participants quickly spread out over the two-lap course.
The end of the first lap saw close competition for the leading male and female positions: Norm Tinkham and Shane Bilodeau were battling it out, as were Leah Pells and Lisa Harvey. Halfway into the second lap Tinkham, who had to settle for second place in Event #2, pulled away from Bilodeau for a 15:05 victory. Bilodeau took second in 15:14, chased in by Colin Dignum in 15:20.
The finish was much closer on the women’s side, with Pells managing to outkick Harvey (women’s winner of Event #2) by just 2 seconds for a 16:22 clocking. Just over half a minute back was master Nancy Tinari in 17:01, after moving up in the field over the second lap.