The Berlin Marathon attracts hundreds of Canadians every year to the German capital.
On Sunday morning, a rainy one, the Berlin Marathon field didn’t include any Canadians on the elite start list. That said, two Canadian women did crack the top-50 including Kate Gustafson and Sarah Elliott, running 2:46:40 and 2:50:16 for 25th and 37th overall. Gustafson’s Berlin result matched, placing-wise, her 2016 Boston Marathon performance when she finished 25th overall and topped the open division of the race. According to her All Athletics profile, her 2:46:40 was a significant improvement on her previous personal best, listed as 2:51:13.
The Vancouver runner wrote in her blog that a goal for 2017 was to break 2:45. Meanwhile, Elliott tuned up for the Berlin Marathon by winning the Toronto Women’s 10K at the end of August, a PB performance of 36:33. (See our interview with Elliott here.)
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Last November I was accepted into the Berlin marathon, with a personal goal to break the elusive 3 hour mark. Over the last 10 months, I treated every early morning run, every workout, every race (& every hamburger) as part of the plan to reach my goal. Today was an unbelievable day – running 2:50, a time I once thought reserved for the super elites. What a great day!!! Thank you Berlin. Proost!🍺#berlinmarathon #breaking3 #redmeatmakesmefast #bucketlist #oktoberfesttime
RELATED: Full race recap of the Berlin Marathon.
On the men’s side, it took a 2:35:52, a time Patrick Cote posted, to be the top Canadian overall. He was one of three Canadians to break 2:40 in Berlin. Cote was on 2:33:30 pace through the halfway point and faded only slightly over the second halfway before he and tens of thousands of participants passed under the Brandenburg Gate and finished within Berlin’s Tiergarten.
RELATED: Video finishes of the Berlin Marathon.
Top Canadian results, chip times and (place) among men or women
Kate Gustafson – 2:46:40 (25)
Sarah Elliott – 2:50:16 (37)
Polly Moody – 3:03:22 (111)
Patrick Cote – 2:35:52 (212)
Brett Bernakevitch – 2:36:35 (238)
Joel Clarke-Ames – 2:37:58 (272)
Note that only runners who listed their current country as Canada are included.