KELOWNA - The 24th annual SunRype Okanagan Marathon wrapped up at Kelowna’s City Park this weekend. More than 2,500 people from eight different countries took part in the weekend event, drawing crowds and runners of all ages.
Capturing top spot for the marathon distance was Curtis Sampson from Calgary, a media release says. Sampson, whose last marathon was at this event 10 years ago, finished with a time of 2 hours 52 minutes and 59 seconds, more than he needs to qualify for bigger marathons. “I turn 50 next year and to qualify for New York you have to run a 3:14 – and that was my first goal," he says in the release. "I’ve never done any of the big races so now I can rest the next two or three months and start training for that.”
The two-day event saw racers ranging in age from three to 79 years old. Spectators and cheer stations lined the course to encourage the racers who experienced good conditions both days.
“It’s really exciting to see runners, of all ages, coming back year after year and enjoying this run,” race director, Tara Melville, says in the release. “Kelowna truly embraces the family festival feel of the event. We are so thankful for the community’s support, we know that’s a big part of the marathon’s success.”
Organizers say the weekend, which is a Boston Marathon qualifier, was once again a successful one. Saturday, Oct. 6, welcomed the Running Room’s Free Friendship Run, a 5 kilometer timed run, and the ABC Kids Run with more than 170 youngsters completing their one-kilometer event. Sunday featured the 10 kilometer, Half Marathon and Marathon.
Runners came from all over Canada, the U.S., Australia, Italy, Brazil, China, Japan and the U.K.
Here are the SunRype Okanagan Marathon final unofficial gun time results:
1st – Curtis Sampson, Calgary, AB - 02:52:59
2nd – Sheldon Timms, Red Deer, AB - 02:55:28
3rd – Daljit Tiwana, Surrey, BC - 02:56:31
1st – Cosette Lemelin, Edmonton, AB - 03:06:31
2nd – Michelle Barnes, Esterhazy, SK - 03:10:02
3rd – Andrea Metcalfe, Edmonton, AB - 03:12:18
21.1km Half Marathon Male
1st – Mike Trites, Edmonton, AB - 01:10:48
2nd – Simon Stewart, Edmonton AB - 01:13:49
3rd – Luka Glapa, Nelson, BC - 01:14:48
21.1km Half Marathon Female
1st – Allison Blackmore, Calgary, AB – 01:26:39
2nd – Megan Brown, Vancouver, BC - 01:27:58
3rd – America Aznar, Edmonton, AB - 01:30:58
1st – Jeff Vogt, Kelowna, BC - 0:34:56
2nd – Michael Denman, Kelowna, BC - 0:36:03
3rd – Ian Sharp, Kelowna, BC - 0:36:14
1st – Melissa Paauwe, Calgary, AB - 0:37:49
2nd – Sonya Looney, Kelowna, BC - 0:41:00
3rd – Rachel Friesen, Carstairs, AB - 0:42:29
1st – Keagan Ingram, Summerland, BC – 0:16:26
2nd – Michael Schriemer, Kelowna, BC - 0:16:27
3rd – Tyson Carr, Kelowna, BC - 0:19:22
1st – Tayla Ingram, Summerland, BC – 0:20:24
2nd – Delilah Topic, Kelowna, BC – 0:21:17
3rd – Lauren Hughes, Kelowna, BC – 0:21:54
Go to the Okanagan Marathon webpage for the complete results.
Or go to Sportstats.ca for complete results.
All results are unofficial.
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