A revamped course designed for speed was the perfect recipe for over 4,000 runners to achieve their personal best at the Intact Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon.

 

Despite the haze of smoke drifting into Edmonton from British Columbia forest fires, runners ran the out and back course unchallenged.  Rain and cool temperatures helped control the smoke, which became less of a factor in the race.

 

Crowds formed at the Northlands Park grounds cheering on both sides of the fence as Marathon winner Brendan Lunty crossed the finish line with a grin, completing his race in 2:33:21.  It’s a memory that will stick with the Camrose-based runner for a long time.

 

This fast and flat course is marked as one of Canada's fastest half marathons which held true for Arizona's Ezkyas Sisay who won in 1:03:53.

Kip Kangogo, from Lethbridge, Alberta, was just two seconds behind in second place.

Volunteer staff made the race a memorable experience for runners as they crossed the finish line, receiving their medals and greeting family and friends with smiles and high fives.

With major changes to this year's course, the setup will work well for runners wanting to achieve better qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.

 

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French athlete Christel Robin and the Swiss Oliver Marceau won the premier event of the Tristar111 Monaco.

As exclusive as the location was, equally impressive were the split times of Marceau in each discipline. It took him only 3:44:51 hours to swim 1 km, cycle 100 km and run 10 km.

With the second fastest split on the bike and only 3 minutes behind the winner, the Spaniard Mikel Elgezabeler finished in second. Regis Maniora from Luxemburg took third place.

With an even bigger gap to second place, Christel Robin from France finished first in the women´s category. Her winning time of 4:07:40 hours was 23 minutes faster than the second finisher and 33 minutes ahead of the third woman home.

After the swim in a quite warm Mediterranean Sea athletes went out on an extremely demanding bike course with 2500m difference in altitude - unusual for a Triathlon.  High temperatures of 30 degrees made the run more challenging than a Sunday afternoon walk.

In addition to individual athletes, prominent people such as Formula One racing driver Jensen Button, Nico Rosberg and the Austrian Alexander Wurz took part in the relay competition.

 

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