Ellie Greenwood of Banff, at 2:47:14, took home the marathon for the women for the second time, improving her last year's winning time by close to 3 minutes. She was
followed by Kathryn Waslen of Calgary and local Kim Lerbekmo.
In the Half Marathon, the international runners really took to the course with last year's winner Ezkya Sisay of Flagstaff in 1:03:41, followed by Joseph Chirlee of Colorado Springsin and Joseph Moore of Raleigh for the men. Belainesh Gebre of Flagstaff 1:11:40, Alisha Williams of Colorado Springs and Wendy Thomas of Windsor made up the podium for the women.
The exciting atmosphere and world class course made it an event to remember. Mark down 19-20 August for next year!
Runners and walkers from far and wide came together in record numbers to enjoy the fast, flat course and family fun activities of the 2011 Intact Insurance Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon.
A strong international contingent of elite runners made for an exciting atmosphere, matching that provided by the Canadian Derby horse racing action taking place at the same venue.
In the marathon, Kenyan Jacob Mengich took first place with a time of 2:23:33, followed by Ryan Day of Vancouver and last year's winner Brendan Lunty of Camrose.
Among the runners (from 34 countries), there were 22 sets of twins, 137 runners with birthdays over the weekend and, of those, 74 with a birthday on the day of their race.
The youngest entrant was a four-month-old entered in the Health 5km Challenge with her father and older brother. The oldest was a 93-year-old also running the 5k event. The oldest marathon entrant was a 74-year-old from Japan (who finished in 6:03:28).
And this year Brad Camp’s marathon record was finally broken – by 10 seconds. It had been held for 22 years.
For the record, Marathon-Photos.com took a total of 134,895 photos!
To participants, a marathon is about training and achievement. To the organisers, it is a logistical exercise, with the aim of creating a memorable experience for all.
Often the background numbers can make interesting reading. Take Gold Coast Airport Marathon for example, held over two days in July, with a record 24,726 entrants in events from the full marathon to a 2km Junior Dash.
Over the weekend 3790kg of oranges were supplied to runners at the end of their race.
Around the finish area, there was 1100m of temporary fencing, 20 scaffolding structures, 1150 parking cones, 45 portable toilets and 260 wheelie bins.