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Mohamed Aagab wins 2018 SSQ Quebec City Marathon

Today at the SSQ Quebec City Marathon, a healthy invitation from Brunet, Mohamed Aagab of Morocco was the winner in a time of 2:28:30

Today at the SSQ Quebec City Marathon, a healthy invitation from Brunet, Mohamed Aagab of Morocco was the winner in a time of 2:28:30. This was Aagab’s first marathon.

Second place in the men’s event went to local runner Anthony Larouche. Larouche crossed the line in 2:28:59. The Quebec City runner entered this season with the objective of doing lots of local events. “Last year the objective for marathon season was to go to Sacramento for the American Championships. But this year I had another mentality: I wanted to do local events.”

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Mohamed Aagab, winner of the men’s marathon. Photo: Michèle Grenier

Larouche grew up in Quebec City and only started running seriously at age 21. He has run the half-marathon in Quebec City at least 5 times. He loves running in front of a home crowd. “For me there’s an advantage because there are so many cheering opportunities.”

Anthony Larouche. Photo: Michèle Grenier

The marathoner ran for the Laval Rouge et Or for five years competing in both cross-country and track, only switching to the longer events once he entered the post-collegiate phase of his career. Two years ago was his first marathon build up. While Larouche was looking to come away with the win today, a 2:28:59 for second place is a strong effort. Third place went to Julian Lachance in 2:39:18.

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In the women’s marathon results Caroline Poitras was the winner in 2:55:50, second place went to Julie Moreau in 3:00:43 and third place to Marianne Boivin in 3:01:56.

In the half-marathon, females made up two of the top five overall positions. In the men’s half-marathon results, Jean Marie Vianney Uwajeneza of Quebec was the winner in 1:07:38. Pablo Miguel Garcia was second in 1:10:20, and third place went to Jean-Sebastien Senechal in 1:16:57.

Salome Nyirarukundo, winner of the women’s half-marathon. Photo: Michèle Grenier

In the women’s results Salome Nyirarukundo was the first woman across the line, and third overall. She finished in 1:15:27. Nyirarukundo was fourth in the African Championships 10,000m in 2016, which qualified her for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the event.

Second place female was Heidi Caldwell in 1:15:43, who was fourth overall, and third place female was Lynda Gingras in 1:24:04.

In the men’s 10K results, 2016 Olympian and Canadian 1,500m champion Charles Philibert-Thiboutot took the win in 31:59 just sliding under the 32 minute mark. The Canadian champion is building up to the Canadian Cross-Country Championships in late November. Second place went to Boudreau Simon in 33:48 and third place to Philippe Larochelle in 34:12.

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In the women’s results, Laurence Bouchard took the win in 39:06 followed by Sophianne Samson in 39:55, and third place went to Annie Theberge in 41:53.