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Support Trainers, Drivers In Giddy Up

Published: May 16, 2014 11:23 am ET

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We’re all used to seeing them in the bike, driving horses around Mohawk’s seven-eighths mile oval. Well, on Sunday, May 25, you’ll see them line up behind the starting gate car in shorts and runners and without horses!

Casie Coleman, Billy Davis Jr., Jonathan Drury, Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson will all be running the Mohawk oval in the Giddy up & Gallop 5K in support of Friends of We Care on Sunday, May 25. Friends of We Care raises funds to send disabled children to summer camp.

If you can’t make it out to run the event, or cheer on your favourite trainer, driver or other runner, you can still support the event by sponsoring one of them or any other registered runner.

To sponsor Casie, Billy, Jonathan, Sylvain or Jody, or anyone taking part in this year’s event, click here. We talked to Casie, Billy, Sylvain and Jody to get the inside scoop on their running background and routine. Click here to see what they had to say.


In addition, a number of representatives from area Training Centres are taking to the track to run for the kids. Sydney Weaver is challenging all local training centres to send a rep or two to run in the Giddy Up & Gallop and for people or owners who have horses at those centres to sponsor their reps. Joe Stutzman is running on behalf of First Line Training Centre.

The training centre that raises the most money for Giddy Up & Gallop will win a complimentary BBQ on the training centre site compliments of Cardinal Meats and Sydney Weaver.

In addition to the 5K run, the Giddy Up & Gallop also features a one lap children’s run for kids 14 and under. All kids in the One Lap run will each receive a free t-shirt. There will be a mascot dash before the Kids One Lap Run.

All runners will enjoy a complimentary BBQ after the run and there will be great prizes, some horses on site and much more! The races start at 10:30 a.m.

Winners in each age category will receive a unique horseshoe medal or trophy.
Tell your friends about this unique running event and bring the whole family out to run or watch!

For more information and to register, visit or

Let’s take a look at some of our runners:

Casie Coleman

Wears - Nikes (whatever they have in blue and gold!)

Runs - in the afternoon on a treadmill at the gym

Longest distance ever run – 3 miles

Expected Finish Time for Giddy Up – 27-28 minutes

Fastest Mile - 7 minutes 55 seconds; “we were flying that day!”

Pre-race meal - Zone or pure protein bar, and a non fat Greek yogurt

Who do you want to beat – Everyone of course!

Billy Davis Jr.

Wears - Under Armour running shoes

Runs – in the morning

Longest distance ever run - 3km

Have you ever run in a race before? Yes, I was in track & field in high school

Pre-race meal - Usually have Cheerios before a run

Expected Finish Time for Giddy Up - Don't know how fast I'll go but I expect to break the track record

Who do you want to beat - Everyone

Sylvain Filion

Wears - Asics

Runs - in the afternoon

Longest distance ever runs - 5km and one meter

Estimated finish time for Giddy Up - 28 minutes

Fastest mile time - 1:47.2 with help from Panther Hanover

Have you ever run in a race before? Yes, two years ago in Giddy Up & Gallop

Pre-race meal- Quebec poutine

Who do you want to beat? Double J

Jody Jamieson

Wears –Nike Air Running Shoes

When do you run - Do I even look like A runner?? No

Longest distance ever run - 5k

Have you ever run in a race before? No. I fit non winners of 1 race lifetime!!! I'm a late bloomer!

Fastest time to complete a mile –1:46:4!!!!!!! (that’s with a horse)

Expected Finish Time for Giddy Up - 24 minutes

Pre-Race Meal - whatever I eat the night before after the races at Mohawk!!

Who do you want to beat the most – SYLVAIN 'Hab Lover' FILION -I think I will be able to 'run' a little interference early on in the race and pass him but as the race unfolds I'm sure he'll lay down stiff fractions that will likely have me way back in the pack!!!

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