Canadian Melanie Myrand of Lachine, Quebec was ninth in the women’s race at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a huge personal best of 2:34:08. That’s just over five minutes faster than her previous personal best of 2:39:10. Sunday was also her birthday, and a personal best is every runners favourite present.
2:34:08. Wow…amazing run by @melmyrand. The 🇨🇦 women’s marathon field just keeps getting faster and faster!
— The Terminal Mile (@TheTerminalMile) October 7, 2018
Myrand is a nurse practitioner in primary care who decided to give the running thing a chance after a breakthrough in 2016.
The second Canadian woman across the line was Shelley Doucet in 2:38:49. Doucet finished 15th among a strong field, winning her 35-39 age group and breaking her own New Brunswick provincial record in the process. Doucet is a professor of nursing at the University of New Brunswick.
Kate Gustafson was the third Canadian woman across the line in 2:40:06. She was 19th in the women’s race. These three women are continuing the marathon strength Canadians have been showing in 2018. Between Chicago and Berlin, six Canadian women have run under 2:41 in the past four weeks alone.
In Canadian men’s results, Eric Bang was the first across the line in 27th in a time of 2:19:03. He was followed by Patrick Birch who finished 51st in 2:25:37, and Nick Crocker who was 111th in 2:33:05.