Emily Setlack won the Philadelphia Half-Marathon on Saturday in what was one of the final big-city road races in North America for 2017
The Cold Lake, Alta. resident finished in 1:14:00 on the dot to win by 59 seconds over Sophy Jepchirchir. Saturday’s victory was Setlack’s second half-marathon win in as many months coming off October’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half. Her PB is 1:13:28.
Setlack, who is eligible to make Canada’s team for the 2018 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships as she has run under 1:16:00, earned US$2,500 for the win, according to the race organizer’s breakdown of prize money. The half-marathon is a single loop course of Philadelphia which passes by a number of the city’s landmarks.
The 37-year-old is expected to race the Houston Half-Marathon in January.
Channeling my inner Rocky for the win at the @philly_marathon. Was not expecting that. Felt incredible today, onwards to Houston where I will have another shot at a faster time. Could not have done that without @mattsetlack ❤️what a guy! Massive thanks to all of the volunteers and Ross Martinson @phillyrun @sauconycanada #runyourworld #canadianrunning @saucony @philly_marathon #westcoastendurance #thankscoachclout
— PhillyMDOEvents (@PhillyMDOEvents) November 18, 2017
Pier-Olivier Laflamme was the top Canadians in the men’s half-marathon finishing sixth in 1:07:25. The men’s half-marathon champion, Panuel Mkungo, won the 2017 Around the Bay 30K in Hamilton.
The Philadelphia Marathon, a popular event among Canadians, goes off on Sunday morning in the second of the two-day event.