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Jessica Des Mazes

Sun Run winner

May 1, 2008

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SFU student athlete Jessica Des Mazes raced unopposed in the women’s open wheelchair division for the second year in a row to win her third Vancouver Sun Run April 20. The fourth-year communication major and 2007 Terry Fox medallist’s 46:06 time was approximately 10 minutes slower than last year when she set the current course record.

"My slow time was due to the flu," says Des Mazes, "and the fact that I’ve been training with the national wheelchair basketball team all winter instead of training for racing." The lack of men’s and women’s wheelchair competitors this year was mainly due to injuries, she says, plus many athletes are focused on training for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

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