Clear blue skies set the tone for the day as thousands of runners laced up for a spectacular day to run in the annual BMO Vancouver Marathon. As the runners raced to the finish line, in half and full marathon events, the Canadian delegation place strong, finishing in the top three positions in each race category.
Vancouver’s Rob Watson took home first place in the half marathon event with a finish time of 1:04:48. His results won him both the $2,000 first place prize money along with a $600 Top Canadian bonus.
“Vancouver is the most beautiful city in our country; probably the most beautiful city in North America,” said Rob Watson. “I’m proud to be a Vancouver resident and proud to represent the city. It’s a top-notch race, it’s not just the fact that we have a beautiful setting and a great organization, we have a world-class event here.”
Finishing second in the half marathon was Willy Kimosop of Kenya, at 1:05:43, and third place finisher, Leonard Koech, also of Kenya, finishing at 1:06:02.
Jane Murage of Kenya was the first female across the half marathon finish line at 1:12:53. “If you cross that Finish Line you are a champion of today,” said Murage.
Dayna Pidhoresky of Vancouver took home second place in the half marathon at 1:13:14 and U.S. runner, Allison Macsas finished third at 1:13:30.
Luka Chelimo of Kenya was first to cross the finish line in the full marathon event, with a time of 2:18:37. He was followed by Daniel Kopkoech, also of Kenya, finishing at 2:18:49, followed by Canadian resident, Kip Kangogo grabbing third place at 2:19:21.
“The course is beautiful,” said Kip Kangogo. “There is a lot of cheering going on so it’s really nice. This race is have a well organized, event organizers have done a great job.”
Canadian master’s record holder, Lioudmila Kortchaguina was the first female across the line in the full marathon event at 2:37:37, followed by Hirut Guangul from the U.S. in second at 2:41:25. Ellie Greenwood of Vancouver was the first female to cross the finish like at 2:47:23.
“Congratulations to the thousands of runners that participated in the four events of the BMO Vancouver Marathon,” says Charlene Krepiakevich, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Marathon Society. “As a legacy event in the city that is so tied to the community, it is great to see Canadians finishing strong in all events – a very proud day for Vancouverites.”