With a long history and tradition in Vancouver, the Vancouver Marathon is set for this morning.
Charlene Krepiakevich is the executive director of the BMO Marathon; speaking on the Jill Bennett show, she says the event has changed a bit since it began in 1972.
“The course was five laps around Stanley Park, this weekend our marathon course starts at Queen Elizabeth Park and it goes 42.2 km south, and then west through the city out towards and then loops around Kitsilano and over the Burrard Street Bridge and through the West End and then around Stanley park. It’s completely different than what it was in 1972
For the first time, this year, runners have the option of participating in a relay style with teammates.
Tens of thousands turned out to test themselves in the grueling annual BMO Vancouver International Marathon. Some opted for an extra challenge.
“Well Grandma had the babies waiting for us in the stroller for the second half, so it was almost like a relay – just needed them to pick me up and take me home.”
That’s Josh Nelson after crossing the finish line, amazingly pushing a pair of young sons in a double stroller. For him — a chance to bring the family together, while promoting a healthy life.
“We make it a family thing, since they’ve been six months, we want to promote family and fitness together.”
Nelson says he trains with the boys and despite the extra work — having them on race day gave him that little extra boost — to finish the course.
And as for the official race results?
In the men’s division, first place went to Luka Chelimo of Kenya. He finished the race in 2:18:37.
Second going to Daniel Kipkoech, who finished the race 12 seconds after Chelimo.
Third to Canada’s Kip Kangogo,who finished at 2:19:21.
For the women, first place went to Lioudmila Kortchaguina came in with a time of 2:37:37.
Second for the women went to Kenya’s Hirut Guangul, with a time of 2:41:25.
Third place to Vancouver’s own Ellie Greenwood – she crossed the finish line with a time of 2:47:23.
-With files from Josh Winquist, Jill Bennett, Simon Little & Ria Renouf