The Canada Running Series kicked off its 2015 season in Vancouver’s Stanley Park over the weekend at the Modo Spring Run-Off 8K.

The event was the largest ever, with 1,300 runners who signed up to race the event.

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“We were thrilled with the turnout today and the fabulous level of competition,” said CRS president Alan Brookes. “What a fabulous launch into spring.  We can’t thank everyone enough for making this event such a success.  We are very proud to be able to race in such a beautiful setting like Stanley Park.”

Kelly Wiebe won the men’s race in 23:42 ahead of Geoff Martinson and Chris Winter. Lanni Marchant won the women’s race in 26:43. Rachel Cliff and Dayna Pidhoresky were second and third.

The event raised $4,200 for local school programs through the Take a Hike Foundation in the city.

Wiebe will race for the Canada’s world cross-country team next weekend in Guiyang, China.

The next Canada Running Series event is Harry’s Spring Run-Off in Toronto’s High Park.


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