In addition to the BMO Vancouver and Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon events that took place this past weekend, the Mississauga Marathon races also welcomed some 5,000 participants to seven unique races that ran Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th.
The action got underway on Saturday afternoon with the MNP 10K, the 10K student relay and the “Hazel” 5K, so named after Hazel McCallion, Mississauga’s former mayor of 36 years.
Sergio Raez Villanueva of Mississauga was the winner of the men’s 10K in a time of 30:17. Tanis Bolton was the first female (and 9th overall) in 36:20. In the 5K, local Dylan Alick was the first male to finish in 16:20. Catherine Rodriguez of Brampton was the first female finisher in 19:46. In total, some 2,500 runners and walkers took part in Saturday’s races.
The signature marathon, as well as the marathon relay and half, took place starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Participants faced cool single digit temperatures, overcast skies and swirling and at-times intense winds from the north. Mississauga is a popular event for those chasing PBs and BQs and is known for its fast, net downhill courses which start at Celebration Square and wind their way down towards the finish at Lakefront Promenade Park on Lake Ontario’s waterfront.
Burlington native Lucas McAneney was the men’s marathon winner in a time of 2:26:09, a pace of 3:27/K. Robert Brouillette of Cambridge (2:29:34) and Sami Jibril of Toronto (2:30:49) were second and third, respectively. In the women’s race, Truphena Busienei of Hamilton was first to cross the line in 3:06:31 (a pace of 4:25/K), ahead of Fiona Thompson of Calgary (3:18:31) and Lisa Hutfloetz of Waterloo (3:20:01).
— Rob Beintema (@RobAtTheNews) May 7, 2017
The half marathon was won by Bonsa Gonfa of Toronto in 1:06:17 (3:08/K) and Lyndsay Tessier, also of Toronto, in 1:16:13 (3:36/K). Team UTM was the top team in the Relay Challenge. They covered the 42.2K distance in 2:54:32, an average pace of 4:08/K. New to 2017, there was also a ‘Warrior Challenge’ where participants could choose to run two races on back-to-back days.
— Paul Radcliffe (@paulradcliffe) May 8, 2017
— Iqra Khalid (@iamIqraKhalid) May 7, 2017
"If you train and put the work in, the road will reward you" – @daddydarkrdc . Yesterday, all five of us were rewarded. Across four marathons and a half marathon, we knocked a combined 50mins off our PBs, showing the value of hard work, dedication and well executed race plans (plus teamwork, amazing support and strength training, to name but a few). I am so proud of my teammates for all that they have accomplished through this tough training cycle. . 📸: @andrewontherun . . . #raceeverything #mississaugamarathon #paceandmind #running #runTO #irunnation #itrainfor #adidasrunning #teamnuun
18 weeks of training led to today's grand finale. My first half marathon is in the books and with a time I'm super happy with! I can barely walk and I'm pretty sure I have wind burn on my head, but totally worth it. Goal set and met! 🏅🏃♂️ #mississaugamarathon #halfmarathon #runninggroup #mississauga
Teamwork MADE the dreamwork today the the @mississaugamarathon and Half! Where do we even start? 1:13 for NC; 1:16 PB and 1st female overall for LT; 2:36 for DW; (almost) sub 2:40 for BW 😔; 2:43 PBS for both AL and CM (one second apart… #MacLockwood); 2:54 PB and top master TC! And all thanks to our exceptional pacers and cheerleaders. What a special day! #RunFastRunFar #BlackLungsToronto #TheBlackLungs #MississaugaMarathon . . . #Repost @clarkd4 with @repostapp ・・・ Amazing day with the #BlackLungsToronto – I wouldn't have Missy'd this for the world.
Complete race results can be found here.