As has become the norm in major road races around the world, Kenyans led the way at the Sporting Life Toronto 10K, a fundraiser for the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women and the second Ontario event in the Great Canadian Bagel Canada Running Series.
The race for the title was too close to call between Kenyan's Benson Ogato and Gilbert Koech -- it wasn't until the official "Championchip" computer system results were checked before race officials could name Benson Ogato as the winner by just two tenths of a second after the two staged a dramatic sprint to the finish line.
Ogato led the way through the first mile of the race in a time of 4:15, which netted him an additional $500 gift certificate as the winner of the first mile "premium" offered by Sporting Life.
The women's race saw Edna Kiplagat come from behind to beat Jackline Torori, who claimed the $500 gift certificate prize before being passed by Kiplagat, who ran away to a clear win for her first major Canadian road race title. The two were actually the fifth and sixth place runners to the one-mile point of the race!
The Sporting Life 10K has enjoyed dramatic growth over the last five years -- in that time it has seen registration grow from 1,200 runners to today's impressive field of 3,000.
Almost $14,000 was raised for the White Ribbon Campaign through pledges and a portion of race entries. Toronto City Counselors Jack Layton and Olivia Chow participated in the event to help raise money for the White Ribbon Campaign.