The city of Vancouver welcomed back tens of thousands of runners on Sunday morning for the 38th Vancouver Sun Run, and the first in-person Sun Run since the pandemic. Lucas Bruchet took first overall in his hometown race with a speedy time of 28:29, while Leslie Sexton, now of Vancouver, was the first woman to cross the line in 32:37.
Bruchet ran a personal best 10K time of 28:29, which is only 12 seconds over Paul McCloy’s Canadian record of 28:17. A pack of five runners formed early, with Bruchet, Justin Kent and Ben Preisner pushing the pace. Tristan Woodfine of Cobden, Ont. and Leonard Chesoo of Edmonton fell off the back around halfway, as the BC Endurance Project trio of Bruchet, Kent and Preisner began to separate themselves from the field. Bruchet crossed the finish line 11 seconds ahead of Preisner to become the fastest Canadian finisher in the race’s 38-year history. Preisner was second in a personal best time of 28:41, and Kent was third, nine seconds behind Preisner in 28:50.
In the women’s race, Sexton continued her 2022 winning streak, taking first ahead of Calgary’s Maria Bernard-Galea in 32:37. Sexton, the reigning Canadian 10K champion, drove the pace in the early stages with Benard-Galea and London, Ont.’s, Lanni Marchant giving chase. With a few kilometres to go, Sexton managed to create a gap between her and the other two runners, holding on to take the win. Bernard-Galea was the only other female to dip under 33 minutes, in 32:57 for second place. Marchant was third in 33:13.
Sexton has her sights set on defending her Canadian 10K title in Ottawa this May, after taking back-to-back wins at Toronto’s Spring Run Off 8K and the Vancouver Sun Run.
Vancouver Sun Run returns to streets today. 20,000+ at the start line on a beautiful morning. Grateful for the 100s of volunteers who make the possible. pic.twitter.com/4woiOsEBE0
— harold munro (@haroldmunro) April 24, 2022
More than 20,000 people signed up for the Vancouver Sun Run and the shorter Mini Kids Sun Run, with another 3,000 people running virtually. This marked the largest in-person race since the start of the pandemic.
In 2009, the race hosted a record number of participants, with 58,000 runners.