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Two days of quick times at famously fast Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope

The notoriously fast Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope concluded Sunday living up to the hype as one of Canada's fastest races. (Photo: Chris Dulhanty.)


Known as one of the top Canadian races to qualify for Boston, the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope and race weekend was held in southern Ontario on Saturday and Sunday. This year, Olympian Reid Coolsaet made an appearance and won the 10K Saturday before pacing the half-marathon on Sunday as a race ambassador.

Sunny and seasonally warm conditions were a welcome sight for participants, including those chasing fast times. Though registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon is closed, interested runners can use the race to apply for Boston in 2018.

The marathon is a point-to-point, net downhill course that begins near Stoney Creek. Though the course was changed in 2016, the route remains certified. The final 10K are flat and features an out-and-back route along the Waterfront Trail. Runners are transported to the start line by race organizers and baggage is delivered to finishers at the end.

Those wanting to run shorter distances had the option of a 5K or 10K on Saturday followed by the half-marathon and marathon on Sunday morning. Adam Hortian, in 2:29:55, and Lynn Youngman, in 2:56:28, won the men’s and women’s marathons, respectively.

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Coolsaet, who recently announced that he will be running the 2016 Fukuoka Marathon, won the 10K in a sub-30-minute performance. Speed River teammate Carise Thompson won the women’s 10K in 36:02. See some more of the weekend’s winners below.

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In the half-marathon, Blair Morgan ran one of the fastest times in the country in 2016, according to Marathon Canada, clocking 1:05:55. That would rank him fifth. Erin McClure won the women’s half in an also-impressive 1:17:06.

Reid Coolsaet wins 10K in 29:40

Carise Thompson wins Run2Impact 10K in 36:02

Men’s half-marathon winner, Blair Morgan, 1:05:55

Women’s half-marathon winner, Erin McClure, 1:17:06

Women’s marathon top-three

Men’s marathon top-three

Full results can be found here.