Here's local runner Ed Ansems who took top spot in his age category at a recent Vancouver race.

Here's local runner Ed Ansems who took top spot in his age category at a recent Vancouver race.

Local runner finishes first in Vancouver race

Local masters runner Ed Ansems competed in the 5km BC Championship road race on March 16

Local masters runner Ed Ansems competed in the 5km BC Championship road race on March 16, finishing first in his age group (65 to 69) and 146 overall out of all finishers.

His time was 20 min. and 44 sec. which works out to 4:09 per kilometer or 6:34 per mile.

The race was held in conjunction with the annual St. Patrick’s Day 5km race held at Stanley Park in Vancouver. The race reached its maximum of 2,000 entrants, 500 more than last year.

Ansems’ next race is a 10km April 21 at the Vancouver Sun Run, one of the largest 10km races in North America, attracting more than 50,000 entrants. It’s also the BC Championship for 10km distance.

“I’m looking forward to running these shorter races because in the last seven years, I have only run in the half marathon distance (21km) races,” he said. “The training for these shorter races is different and I’m finding it fun to see how fast I can run at this ‘old’ age of 65.”