Ben Thorne of Kitimat, BC just missed the Canadian record held by Inaki Gomez of Vancouver in the 5000m race walk on the track at the Simon Fraser University Track . Inaki, a two time Olympian, holds the record of 18:45.64 set back in 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
Ben who took the bronze medal 20km race walk at the World Championships on 2015, just won the 20k IAAF 20k on the road on March 18 in Monterrey, Mexico in1H24:52.
Ben will compete next Saturday at the UBC Open and if conditions are favourable, he may attack the Canadian record again.
Tickets for the Jerome Classic are available online at www.harryjerome.com. Adult tickets are $20, Youth tickets are $10 and a family ticket for four is available for $47.50 . Also available are VIP Hospitality tickets, which provide admission to the hospitality tent & preferred seating, and Group tickets for a club or school. General admission tickets will be on sale day of the meet, if seats still available.