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Canada’s Rory Linkletter second at California International Marathon

Toronto's Brittany Moran placed 9th in the women's race in 2:33:37

In one of the final marathons on the 2021 calendar, Rory Linkletter and Brittany Moran both ran personal bests at the California International Marathon in Sacramento. Linkletter shaved two seconds off his previous PB, running to a podium finish in 2:12:52, while Moran took nearly three minutes off her previous best time for ninth place in 2:33:37.

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Linkletter, who was born in Calgary but moved to the U.S. when at age six , ran a very strong and consistent race, never deviating more than a few seconds outside his average pace of 5:05 per mile (3:10/km). He finished only a minute and a half behind the winner, Brendan Gregg, who took first place in 2:11:21, and just ahead of his training partner, Nick Hauger, who claimed the final podium spot in 2:12:59. Going into the race, Linkletter said in a post on his Instagram page that his goal was to run a proud race, which he certainly accomplished this weekend. Eric Bang of Toronto also ran a strong race, finishing 20th in 2:18:10.

Brittany Moran. Photo: Tobias Wang

On the women’s side, Toronto’s Moran ran an impressive race, smashing her previous personal best of 2:36:23. The full-time chiropractor also ran a very consistent race, averaging 5:52 per mile (about 3:40/km) throughout the entire 42 kilometres. This was Moran’s second marathon this season, after running the Boston Marathon less than two months ago. She was Canada’s top woman in Boston, where she finished in 2:39:29 for 29th place.

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Sara Vaughn won the women’s race in 2:26:53 – the fifth fastest marathon debut by an American woman. Molly Grabill was second, in 2:29:17, and Carrie Dimoff was third, in 2:29:33.

Other notable Canadian results include Toronto’s Liza Howard, who finished 14th (218th overall) in 2:37:35 and Calgary’s Melissa Paauwe, who ran 2:39:46 for 23rd place (268th overall). For a full list of results, click here.