Monday saw a sunny running of the 123rd Boston Marathon and thousands of Canadians competing. Kate Gustafson led the charge for the Canadian women, finishing 35th and running just off of her personal best at 2:42:34. Gustafson is a Mile2Marathon coach, and 2019 wasn’t her first Boston appearance, she was 25th in 2015 and was 26th at the 2017 Berlin Marathon.
The second place Canadian woman was Anne Johnston finishing 37th in 2:43:02. The Newfoundland native was second at the Toronto Marathon in May 2018 where she ran 2:58:00. Third place Canadian was #marathonmom Krista DuChene who was seventh in the masters division and 46th overall in 2:44:12.
In the men’s results, Karl Augsten of Canmore, Alberta finished in 2:25:30 for 48th place. Augsten was the 2018 Canadian mountain running champion. Matthew McNeil was the second Canadian finishing 73rd in 2:28:27, and the third Canadian man across the line was Christopher Aranda in 2:30:54 for 105th place.
Stuart McGregor of Ottawa was first in the visually impaired men’s division, with a 3:12:02.
In the pushrim wheelchair race, Josh Cassidy of Guelph, Ont. finished in ninth place, with a 1:29:59 finish.
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Tomorrow, I attempt to run the Boston Marathon! I couldn’t be more excited to give it a shot. Training this year has been up and down, with lots of little injuries and sicknesses. I can truly say that I feel very lucky to make it to the start line of this one! I couldn’t have made it without the help of some amazing folks! I want to give a huge shout out to my girlfriend @alexbharriss for putting up with me running during our vacations, my parents @marleneaugsten for their amazing home cooked meals that powered some of the training, my physio Hugh @onewellnesslife for torturing me back to health 😅, my awesome coach @finlaysonjf for the great training advice and exhausting workouts, and all my buddies on insta, Strava, or in Canmore that inspire me everyday! Here goes nothing.. follow along with the @bostonmarathon app on your phone! . . . #bostonmarathon #marathontraining #bangingpeaks #trailandkale #dirtbagrunners #WeAreWinterWarriors #trailandultra #ultratraining #ultrarunning #runaddict #timetoplay #ultrarunning #skyrunning #mountainrunning #trailrunning #trailrunner #trailporn #trailrun #getoutside #optside #mountains #instarun #instarunners #running #trails #ventureout #runuphill #bestmountainartists #getoutdoors #choosemountains #mountainlover @runuphill.ca
The men’s title went to Lawrence Cherono in a crazy tight sprint finish between himself, Lelisa Desisa and Kenneth Kipkemoi.
In the women’s race, winner Worknesh Degefa ran away from the field at kilometre nine and wasn’t caught. Edna Kiplagat made a push for first but ran out of road, finishing in second in 2:24:14.
Full results can be found here.