— Evanka Osmak (@evankaosmak) May 1, 2016
Runners in the Greater Toronto Area were met with cool and rainy conditions at both the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon and Mississauga Marathon on Sunday morning. The events were two of the region’s more popular events on the annual road racing circuit.
Sportsnet anchor Evanka Osmak (see tweet at the top of the page) reminded runners on race morning of the weather just in case they were checking social media before heading out to run.
Runners in downtown Toronto had the chance to run through the city’s core on a mostly-downhill route. Sunday morning’s race was the first of the city’s two major marathons as the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will take over the town in October.
TSN golf columnist Bob Weeks made an appearance on the start line at the 5K event, which was part of Mississauga Marathon race weekend, on Saturday morning (races were held on Saturday and Sunday).
Weeks was active on Instagram and posted the following three photos including a selfie of the start line and another with the city’s mayor Bonnie Crombie, who ended up running 32:24 for 5K.
A photo posted by Bob Weeks (@bobweekstsn) on
Runners were greeted by an extra cheerful crowd at the 12K water station at the Mississauga Marathon. These youngsters, as can be seen below, like all the volunteers, help make road racing possible thanks to their generosity.
Runners at the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon, which also included a half, 10K, and 5K, were treated with some fancy finishers medal upon completion.
— Dan (@runshoreline) May 1, 2016
The finishers medal at the Mississauga marathon wasn’t too shabby either. That event too had a wide spectrum of events including the full marathon down to a 5K.
Canadian Race Guide editor Dan Way was also in action in Mississauga:
— Tyler Chacra (@t_chacra) May 1, 2016
Top male and female runners at both the half-marathon and marathon distances in Toronto and Mississauga are listed below (all times are gun times).
Top male: Robert Brouillette – 1:10:19
Top female: Erin McClure Robb – 1:17:41
Top male: Ebisa Ejigu – 2:25:44
Top female: Megan Kuikman – 2:55:38
GoodLife Fitness Toronto Half
Top male: Nick Best – 1:09:17
Top female: Kathleen Devine – 1:20:00
GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon
Top male: Bryan Rusche – 2:35:54
Top female: Julie Hamulecki – 2:56:04
Congratulations to all those who did the Good Life Fitness Toronto Marathon on this nasty bitch of a day. Even when I am not in it, I am there at the finish line cheering you on and always choke up at the swell of great, healthy, positive energy everywhere. You Got This! #blacktoerunning #canadianrunning
A photo posted by Christopher Heard (@authorcheard) on
Full results for both events are linked below, courtesy of Sportstats.