29 Oct 2004: Luke Armstrong Wins "Run To Heal"
Christchurch athlete, student and Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team race director Luke Armstrong won the "Run to Heal" 5km race in style this morning, cruising to victory in 16.56.
Armstrong, an up and coming member of the Canterbury representative track team, ran to victory in a field of almost two thousand runners, in a race to promote cancer awareness and solutions.
Organised by 1981 New York and Boston Marathons winner Allison Roe, the New Zealand wide Run to Heal race events aim to promote health education and disease prevention in women, in a manner close to the champion Kiwi's heart.
"It's about uplifting and motivating people, and promoting healthy lifestyles" said the former world record holder, business woman and mother of two.
Held in near cross-country style conditions on a water-laden Hagley Park, Armstrong pronounced himself "very satisfied" with his time, despite being well outside his personal best of 15.14 set at the New Zealand National Track Championships in 2003.
Armstrong, the race director of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in Christchurch and full-time sports coaching student, placed fourth in the recent Self-Transcendence Marathon in New York with a time of 2.42:40, and is currently in training for the upcoming New Zealand summer track season.
Luke in the Self-Transcendence Marathon in New York