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Montreal Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon runners get a break from the heat in 2018

No course cancellations were necessary this year

Race organizers sighed with relief yesterday as temperatures cooled off in Montreal for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, unlike last year, when the full marathon was cancelled due to extreme heat while the half-marathon and shorter races went ahead as planned.

The mercury reaching only about 15 C, Ezekiel Mutai of Kenya was the winner of the full marathon, in 2:11:05. Wycliffe Biwott was the runner-up, with a time of 2: 15:38. Jean-Marie Vianney-Uwajeneza was third, in 2:18:10.

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Salome Nyirarukundo of Rwanda won the women’s race, with a time of 2:28:02. Joan Kigen of Kenya was second, and Emebet Anteneh of Ethiopia was third. (Anteneh debuted the half-marathon in Edmonton last month, winning the event with a time of 1:11:23.)

Quebeckers ruled in the half-marathon, with Alexis Lavoie-Gilbert and Anne-Marie Comeau winning, in 1:09:25 and 1:14:46 respectively. 

Nicholas Berrouard and Laura Pierce won the 10K, in 32:48 and 37:46, and Gary Guillaume and Jen Moroz were first in the 5K, in 16:31 and 19:13. Berrouard was top Canadian at last year’s Ottawa Marathon.