An exhilarating day of celebration was accomplished at the 26th running of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

 

This year’s edition of the IAAF Gold Label event hosted the Canadian Marathon Championship, enhancing the already abundant excitement.

 

More than 25,000 runners from over 20 countries tackled the cold weather conditions on the day to compete in the full marathon, half and 5km events.

 

The finish line proved the place to be for spectators with elites providing thrilling sprint finishes in both the men’s and women’s races.

 

The outcome of the men’s race was in doubt right up until the final five metres when Ishimael Chemtan of Kenya outsprinted his compatriot Gilbert Kirwa to win in a time of 2:09:00. Kirwa finished one second behind.

 

In the women’s event newcomer Shure Demise proved she was no rookie taking first place in what was just her third marathon. The 19-year-old sped across the line in 2:23:37. The Ethiopian ran a world junior best of 2:20:59 in Dubai earlier this year on her debut at the distance, making her definitely one to watch in the future of women’s running.

Again excitement and controversy ensued with the second and third place-getters in the women’s race. Fatuma Sado and Sharon Cherop arrived at the finish at exactly the same time when they collided. After careful and lengthy review of video, officials decided to award both second place.

 

Taking the tittles as Canadian Champions, Eric Gillis and Lanni Marchant both successfully achieved their primary goals of earning Olympic qualifying standards. Gillis running 2:11:31 for seventh place in the men’s race and Marchant, finishing in 2:28:09, her second fastest time ever.

18 October, 2015
Toronto, Canada


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Another notable mention must go to Jean-Paul Bedard who completed 3 consecutive Toronto Waterfront Marathons. Starting at 10.30pm on Saturday night, Bedard tackled each marathon with a small break in between to refuel. After considering giving up, he eventually crossed the final finish line with a gang of superheroes who appropriately became his support crew for his last 10km.

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