Alice Sherwin wasn't about to let her brother steal the limelight on race day.
It's that competitive spirit that allowed Sherwin to not only win, but to set a new record in the Manitoba Marathon half marathon yesterday morning at University Stadium with a time of 1:23:35.
"I've always ran, but this is my first year actually competitively running," said Sherwin, whose brother Tom also competed in the half marathon. "I was 15th last year and my goal was to be in the top 10. I wasn't running on pace or anything. I was just running how I felt and I felt really good. I started running faster and faster. Last year, I ran it in 1:36, so I took off a lot of time. This is for my dad (Rob).
RUSH OF EMOTIONS
"Oh my gosh. There was such a rush of different emotions (when she crossed the finish line) It was kind of like an out-of-body thing. You're not sure what you're feeling. You're happy and you're kind of teary. It's a totally different feeling than anything else. I can't believe I set a record. It's fantastic."
Having a sibling rivalry has its benefits.
"He's only 14, but he does everything I do and usually does it better," said Alice, a 19-year-old who will compete in track and field and cross-country for the University of Manitoba in the fall. "We both are in canoeing. He's faster than I am at that. I'm going to the (Western) Canada Games (near Edmonton) in the 5k and my brother is going for paddling."
Melissa Goodwin was second, in a time of 1:26:27.
"I've been second four times now," said Goodwin, who was running the half marathon for the fifth time. "It hurts. It is frustrating. Finishing in the top 3 is always nice, but so many people say 'you came in second again. When are you going to win?' Some day hopefully.
"I was leading until about Mile 8 or 9 or so. Alice had a great run, she flew by and I was hitting the wall about then. It's always fun to run at home."
Celine Leblanc was third at 1:28:39.
Brian Walker won the men's half marathon in a time of 1:11:44, which was three seconds quicker than Darcy Ready. Jeremy Walker was third, with a time of 1:13:25.