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Dylan Wykes turns back the clock at Vancouver First Half

The former Olympian in the marathon won the Vancouver First Half half-marathon on Sunday

Dylan Wykes is one of Canada’s best-ever marathoners and a 2012 Olympian over the distance. The Miles2Marathon co-founder and coach emerged from racing retirement and ran the Vancouver First Half on Sunday, winning the race in 1:06:00. 

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Wykes hasn’t raced a half-marathon since June of 2017, where he ran 1:05:53 at the Vancouver Half-Marathon. His personal best in the event is a 1:02:38 from 2012. Second place in Sunday’s race went to Rob Watson, who represented Canada at the 2013 World Championships, in 1:06:41, and third place went to Anthony Tomisch in 1:06:47. 

In the women’s event Robyn Mildren was the first across the line in 1:17:43. Second place went to Andrea Lee in 1:18:42 and third place to Courtney Olsen in 1:19:03. Full results can be found here


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The Vancouver First Half is a build-up for the Vancouver Marathon which takes place in May. Registration is now open for the Vancouver Marathon, and the 2019 event has already received confirmation that 2018 Boston Marathon champion Yuki Kawauchi will race on Canadian soil for the first time. The marathon is less than three weeks after Boston, which Kawauchi has said he will also race again in 2019.

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