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Jim Finlayson sets Canadian age group record at Victoria Marathon

Jim Finlayson set a new 45-49 age group record in the marathon in 2:25:31


Jim Finlayson set a new age group record in the marathon at the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon in 2:25:31. Finlayson is a former Michigan Wolverine who has represented Canada at the senior level and is a two-time Canadian marathon champion. The runner competed in the 45-49 age group and finished fifth overall. This was Finlayson’s first marathon in 10 years. 

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Five days until the Victoria marathon. My first marathon in ten years, my first marathon as a master. My first since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the reason I stopped racing marathons a decade ago, though I didn’t ever stop running. If you’re in Victoria this Sunday, set your alarm. Some of Canada’s best runners will be racing these leaf-strewn streets. The forecast predicts quintessential fall. Canadian 10000m record holder @tasha_wodak and Canadian marathon champion @trevhofbauer are roaring fit and will be in the half marathon. @jkent_ and Scotland’s @sarahinglis5 in the 8k. Kenyan Daniel Kipkoech will be after his 5th straight Victoria marathon title. @heyhappycoffee opens at 9 a.m. @fol.epi opens at 8 a.m. Grab a coffee. Dress warmly. Come watch.

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First place overall went to Daniel Kipkoech in 2:22:39 who won his fifth consecutive Victoria marathon title. Second place to Mizael Carrera in 2:24:01, and third to Ryan Smith in 2:24:41. 

Emily Setlack
Photo: Emily Setlack/Instagram.

In the women’s results, Emily Setlack was the winner in 2:46:20. Setlack competed earlier this year at the World Half-Marathon Championships in Valenica, Spain. Second place went to Karissa Lepage in 2:48:46, and third place to Andrea Lee in 2:48:48. 

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Natasha Wodak won the women’s half-marathon in 1:11:45. Wodak is coming off of a win at the Canadian 5K Championships several weeks ago. Wodak broke her own course record, her time on Sunday is just off her personal best of 1:11:20 set in New York in 2015. 

Second place went to Robyn Mildren in 1:15:00, and third place to Meg Lewis-Schneider in 1:15:31. 

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In the men’s race, Trevor Hofbauer took the win in 1:05:18. Hofbauer told us several weeks ago that he planned on using the Victoria half as a workout to hopefully set himself up for a new personal best in Monterey Bay later this year. There, Hofbauer will run the half-marathon in hopes of coming out with a 1:02 or 1:03. 

Trevor Hofbauer
Photo: Matt Stetson.

There isn’t a marathon on the horizon for the defending Canadian champion in 2018. “Coming back to Calgary I’m trying to find my groove again. I love the half-marathon, and not running a PB in the past three years has been bugging me, so I want to take care of that first. I’m looking to do two marathons next year, and I’m still planning that out.”

Second place in the men’s race went to Jared Carson in 1:06:39, and third place to Julian Florez in 1:07:20. 

In the 8K Justin Kent came out on top in 23:46, the first female across the line was Sarah Inglis in 27:31.