American marathoner Allie Kieffer was the women’s winner of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon today. Kieffer crossed the line in 1:12:44.
Kieffer made a name for herself when she was the second American woman to cross the finish line at the 2017 New York City Marathon in what was one of the most competitive fields in history, with Kieffer placing just back of Olympic and IAAF World Championships medallists, World Marathon Major champions and a world record-holder. The race is the largest marathon in the world.
Kieffer will be going back to the New York Marathon in a couple of weeks and likely used her race in Toronto as a tune-up for New York. Second place female went to Reneta Plis in 1:13:58, and third place to USports standout Claire Sumner in 1:14:24.
In the men’s results Will Norris took the win in 1:05:30, followed by Chris Balestrini in 1:05:47 and third place went to Lee Wesselius 1:07:21.
In the 5K, on the women’s side, Julie-Anne Staehli took the win in 16:42. Staehli is a former Queen’s Gael and cross-country standout who’s became a staple on the Canadian road running scene. Second place went to 2018 national 800m champion Lindsey Butterworth in 17:03 and third place went to Becky Pieterson in 17:45.
In the men’s event, Phil Parrot-Migas was the winner in 14:54, second place went to Hunter Andrin in 15:28, and third place to Preston Borg in 15:36.
Within the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon there was also the Canadian Marathon Championships and the World Masters Athletics Championships.
In masters results, the overall men’s title went to Olivier Lambert of the United States in 2:34:28, second place went to Avit Levesque of Laval in 2:38:51, and third place went to Jose Perona Sanchez of Spain in 2:41:34.
On the women’s side, the title went to Rosalind Smye Morton of Toronto in 3:06:56, second place went to Karima Makrof of Sweden in 3:07:34, and third place went to Elizabeth Waywell of Guelph in 3:07:56.