Almost 3,000 Canadians passed up turkey at home to become part of the record numbers of people who raced the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Race organizers reported 44,571 finishers, just a few more than last year, on a rainy, windy day in Chicago. Here are the top Canadian age-group contenders from Sunday’s race.
Melanie Myrand was the first Canadian woman across the finish line, and second in her age group (30-34), with a new personal best of 2:34:08. Kate Gustafson of Vancouver was sixth in this age category (and third Canadian woman), in 2:40:06.
Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis, N.B. was first in the 35-39 age group, and second Canadian woman, with a time of 2:38:49.
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A year later than I was originally supposed to, I finally got to toe the line at the start of the Chicago Marathon, alongside 45,000 inspiring runners, and supported by a city full of enthusiastic cheerleaders (amongst them my Trent!). We all braved the rain, cold, wild winds (the Windy City? Yes. Yes it is.) and seized joints (some of us…). I’m thankful for the 2:49 finish, and the hour-long hot shower that followed. Four of the six majors down – look out Tokyo & NYC! And HUGE kudos to our K-town runners who also conquered Chicago, and those who accomplished spectacular goals back on the home-front! I’m proud of us; wear your accomplishments like the champions you are! @chimarathon #takethatbloodclot #andcranialnervepalsies #drownedrat #somuchforniceracephotos #chicago @wmmajors
In the 40-44 division, Christy Lovig of Kelowna, B.C. was sixth, with a time of 2:49:54.
Among women 45-49, Petra Graen of Edmonton finished eighth, in 3:08:57.
Wendy Pethick of Victoria, B.C. was seventh in the women’s 55-59 age group, in 3:25:44. Judy Andrew Piel of Ottawa was ninth, in 3:27:46.
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Wow, I am incredibly humbled by the flood of support from back home! Thank you to everyone who took the time to reach out before the race, track me during the race, and reach out after!! I will post a more detailed update soon, including more pics (yes, I caved and bought the race photos). Heading to the Chicago Blackhawks home opener now against the Leafs! #thankful #chicagomarathon #pb #nbproud #canadianrunning #motherrunners #goleafsgo #liv9 #salomonrunning #riverandtrailoutdoorcompany
Edwina Keats of Winnipeg was seventh among women 60-64, in 3:44:39. Micheline Boucher of St. Hyacinth, Manitoba was ninth, in 3:49:18.
Maria Donahue was ninth in the 65-69 age category, in 4:11:31.
Among women aged 70-74, Diane Leonard of Waterloo, Ont. was second, in 4:10:22. Lynne Faught of Peterborough, Ont. was fourth, in 5:06:13. Nelly McEwen was eighth, in 5:19:32.
Liz Borrett of Kelowna, B.C. was fourth among women aged 75-59, in 5:53:16.
In the 50-54 age category, Pierre Boulay of Sainte Catherine de Hatley, Que. was fourth, in 2:46:27.
François Lacombe of Shawinigan, Que. was fifth, in 3:05:47.
Among men 65-69, Michael Jong of Newfoundland was second, in 3:21:21. Stanislav Lisiak of North Vancouver was 10th, in 3:38:54.
Joseph Garcia of St. Albert, Alberta was eighth in men 70-74, in 4:00:46.
In the 80+ category, Volkert Bobeldijk was first, in 4:35:14, and Gerald Miller of Calgary was second, in 4:46:16.