Dayna Pidhoresky led the charge for the Canadian women at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on Sunday morning, finishing sixth overall.
Pidhoresky finished in 2:37:19, just off her personal best for Ottawa 2017 and the fastest Canadian woman of the day. She was followed by Krista Duchene in 2:38:46, Rachel Hannah in 2:41:31, Anne-Maria Comeau in 2:43:59 and Liza Howard in 2:47:39. Pidhoresky was paced by Chris Balestrini through the entire race, despite him racing the 10K championships just 12 hours earlier.
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Duchene’s 2:38 is even more impressive when you consider that she’s only six weeks removed from the Boston Marathon where she finished seventh in the master’s division in 2:44:12. Sunday was Comeau’s marathon debut. The winter Olympian for cross-country skiing has been very strong at the 10K distance and Sunday’s 2:43 debut was impressive.
The women’s winner was Tigist Girma of Ethiopia in 2:26:34, which is a 10-second personal best. Second place went to Betelhem Mogus, also of Ethiopia, in 2:27:00 and third place went to Eteferahu Temesgen in 2:28:44.
Some of the runners missed their bottles through 15K as the table had been flipped over and the bottles were on the ground. Thankfully, Pidhoresky says this mishap didn’t affect her race.