Carson runs to top 20 at Pan Ams

It can't be easy going from frozen Whitehorse to hot and humid Colombia to race in an international event. But Lindsay Carson did it, and she cracked the top 20.

It can’t be easy going from frozen Whitehorse to hot and humid Colombia to race in an international event.

But Lindsay Carson did it, and she cracked the top 20.

The Whitehorse runner placed 18th out of 51 top international runners at the Pan-American Cross Country Cup in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Sunday.

“It was a really tough race. The conditions were comparable to running in a sauna,” said Carson. “So I had to execute a more conservative race plan in order to place for my team and think about finishing … These races can be risky because of the likelihood of heat exhaustion and just blowing up.

“But, yah, I’m happy with just a solid performance and to help my (senior women’s) team place second overall, which was the main goal there.”

The 25-year-old finished the roughly seven-kilometre course in 22 minutes and 24 seconds, 1:06 behind the winner from Peru. Canadian teammate Rachel Hannah took third with a time of 21:34.

Temperatures exceeded 30 Celsius, “with probably 100 per cent humidity,” said Carson.

“It was very strange terrain. We were pretty much running in a desert,” she added. “(And) we ran through a forest that looked like they recently macheted short. So we were running over lots of dust and stumps. It was a very interesting experience.”

The race was Carson’s last event before she represents Canada at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China, at the end of March.

Carson made the Canadian senior women’s team with an eighth-place finish at the 2014 Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, at the end of November.

She spoke to the News from Toronto Pearson International Airport on Tuesday, about to hop a plane to Kenya where she will train at high altitudes for three weeks in preparation for the worlds, which will be at about 1,000-metres above sea level.

“That race will be, not high-altitude, but mid-altitude where people could kind of feel the effects,” said Carson.

“I’m just going to train hard in Kenya and hopefully that will bring me added confidence going into China.”

Next month will be Carson’s second time competing at the cross-country worlds as a senior competitor. She raced for Canada at the 2013 championships in Poland, placing 60th and helping the Canadian women’s team place eighth out of 15 countries.

Carson also took third at the 2014 B.C. Provincial Cross Country Championships in October and has also had fantastic finishes on pavement last year.

She was the top female in the eight-kilometre race at the Victoria Marathon in October and took sixth at the 2014 Canadian 10-kilometre Road Race Championships in September.

Carson, who moved to Whitehorse last year from Cambridge, Ontario, placed second out of 19,377 female runners at the Vancouver Sun Run last spring and took second for open women (first for women 20-24) at the 2014 B.C. 10-Kilometre Championship in July.

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The primary goal of the new relief package for tourism operators is to support the tourism sector, whether they’re private industry or not-for-profit organizations, said Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Relief program offers funds for businesses that rely on tourists for more than half their revenue

Two new streams of funding, in addition to the accommodation relief program, were announced

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
YUKONOMIST: Climate emergency, lite edition

Back in September 2019, Whitehorse City Council declared a climate emergency, to… Continue reading

Yukon Employees’ Union says a lack of staff training and high turnover at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter is creating a dangerous situation for underpaid workers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Employees’ Union says lack of training at emergency shelter leading to unsafe situations

Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said the staffing policy “is evolving”

Justice Karen Wenckebach will begin serving as resident judge on the Yukon Supreme Court early next year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
All-female justice roster ‘a good step’ for diversity in Yukon Supreme Court

Karen Wenckebach is the third woman appointed to the Yukon Supreme Court in history

The Liberal government blocked a motion by Yukon Party MLA Brad Cathers that would have asked the federal government to provide the territories with more than a per capita amount of COVID-19 vaccine doses during initial distribution. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Party says a per capita distribution of vaccines would leave Yukon short

The opposition is also asking the government to release their plan for vaccine distribution

A sign outside the Yukon Inn Convention Centre indicates Yukoners can get a flu vaccine inside. As of Dec. 4, the vaccinations won’t be available at the convention centre. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse Convention Centre ends flu vaccination service early

Flu vaccinations won’t be available at the Whitehorse Convention Centre after Dec.… Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Land use planning must include industry

Carl Schulze Special to the News This commentary is a response to… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Nominations continue to be open for Northern Tutchone members of the White River First Nation to run for councillors in the 2021 election. (Maura Forrest/Yukon News File)
White River First Nation to elect new chief and council

Nominations continue to be open for Northern Tutchone members of the White… Continue reading

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new councillor in a byelection held Dec. 3. (Wikimedia Commons)
Watson Lake elects new councillor

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new… Continue reading

The new Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation council elected Dec. 1. (Submitted)
Little Salmon Carmacks elects new chief, council

Nicole Tom elected chief of Little Salmon Carcmacks First Nation

Submitted/Yukon News file
Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to the unsolved homicide of Allan Donald Waugh, 69, who was found deceased in his house on May 30, 2014.
Yukon RCMP investigating unsolved Allan Waugh homicide

Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to an unsolved… Continue reading

A jogger runs along Millenium Trail as the sun rises over the trees around 11 a.m. in Whitehorse on Dec. 12, 2018. The City of Whitehorse could soon have a new trail plan in place to serve as a guide in managing the more than 233 kilometres of trails the city manages. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
2020 trail plan comes forward

Policies and bylaws would look at e-mobility devices

Most Read