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Canada’s Melanie Myrand wins Fitbit Miami Half-Marathon

Myrand was the first Canadian woman at the Chicago Marathon in October, where she ran a five-minute personal best

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Melanie Myrand of Lachine, Quebec won the Fitbit Miami Half-Marathon yesterday, as more than 20,000 runners participated in the full and half-marathons and the Tropical 5K in the south Florida city. Myrand’s time was 1:19:12. “Not a time that blew my socks off,” Myrand said on Instagram, “but definitely enough wind to blow my hat off in the first mile.” Myrand finished first of the Canadian women at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October, taking five minutes off her personal best for a 2:34:08 and ninth-place finish.

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Rachel Schilkowsky of Providence, R.I. was second yesterday, in 1:21:25, and Margarita Quintero Petris was third, in 1:22:35. In the men’s race, Isaac Mukundi of Grand Prairie, Texas was the winner, in 1:08:26, followed by Dominic Korir of Colorado Springs in 1:06:51 and Fernando Cabada of Denver, Colo. in 1:08:13.

In the full marathon, 42-year-old Kate Landau of Tacoma, Wash. was the first woman across the finish line yesterday, in 2:37:48. Mary Akor of Hawthorne, Calif. was second, in 2:45:55, and Shannon Bain of Muskegon, Missouri was third, in 2:54:52. 

Ezekiel Kipsang of Kenya (by way of Ottawa) won the men’s race in 2:16:36. Jacob Chemtai of Grand Prairie, Texas was second, in 2:19:12, and Teklu Deneke of Flagstaff, Ariz. was third, in 2:25:27.

Toronto’s Rick Rayman also participated in the marathon yesterday. Rayman, 72, continues his daily run streak, which is now more than 40 years old, and Miami (which he runs every year) was his 366th marathon.

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