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Views from the Whistler Half, one of Canada’s most eye-catching races

Roundup from one of Canada's most picturesque races which begins in the heart of Whistler Village

Whistler Half-Marathon

One of Canada’s most scenic events went off on Saturday at the partial site of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The North Face Whistler Half-Marathon, which goes off from Whistler Olympic Plaza in the heart of the British Columbia ski town, features sections of road, trail and challenging hills. The town’s only half-marathon, and its four accompanying distances excluding the namesake race, featured as many as 2,000 runners.

For the third consecutive year, Marilyn Arsenault won the women’s half-marathon. The 49-year-old, her age group winner at the 2016 New York City Marathon, ran 1:25:13, approximately 1:40 ahead of Care Nelson in second. Adam Way bettered second-place’s Paul McNamara by 25 seconds running 1:19:20.

Women’s half-marathon winner: Marilyn Arsenault

Men’s half-marathon winner: Adam Way

The race held a 30K for the first time, a lesser-contested distance and a halfway point between a half and a marathon. The half-marathon was the most popular of the five distances with as many as 825 participants while more than 500 took on the 10K. A 5K and 1K kids run were also offered.

Claire Daniels won the inaugural 30K in 2:14:10 as Nick Williams’ 2:03:02 was the overall winning time. Both winners had at least five minutes over their next closest competitor.

This year marked the seventh annual event for the growing destination race. One lucky winner, Laura Kennedy, experienced race weekend with a VIP package after winning Canadian Running‘s and Whistler Half-Marathon’s pre-race contest. She PBed by 20 seconds in the 10K.

For those sticking around for Sunday, the race hosts a “recoverun,” a shakeout around Lost Lake, one of Whistler’s more popular spots.






Full results can be found at Race Day Timing.