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.
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.
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 75-79, 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.