This year’s TCS New York City Marathon was edge-of-your-seat exciting, no less for those running (many of them for the first time), than for those of us watching the frontrunners from the comfort of our living rooms. Two Canadians were in the top 100: the first Canadian across the finish line was physiotherapist Steven McElligott of Montreal, who was 65th overall with a time of 2:31:40. The second Canadian, Calum Neff, who is Canadian but lives in Texas, was 83rd overall with a time of 2:34:54. (Neff also holds the current Guinness World Record for fastest marathon while pushing a child in a stroller, which is 2:31:22.)
“New York is an incredible marathon,” says McElligott, who ran it for the first time yesterday. McElligott studied in New York, and was registered for the marathon in 2012, the year it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. “So it’s poetic to be running back in NYC where I went to university and lived for six years,” he says.
“I had a track scholarship at Long Island University, Brooklyn campus, and we passed right by it. It was incredible, with a lot of friends coming out to support me.” (And yes, he did wear the Nike Vaporfly’s, pictured in his Instagram post, above. How would he describe them? “They’re pretty incredible… helped me PB.”)
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____________BIG 🍎 NYC____________ GOOD LUCK MARATHON RUNNERS Enjoyed an unconventional marathon shakeout this morning with the #AbbottDash5k running steady for 16 flat and not pushing too hard. Calf muscle that has been slightly strained the past few weeks was feeling okay and I’m looking forward to running the Five Burroughs tomorrow! I’m gearing up for an early 2019 attempt at the 2:19 IAAF standard so tomorrow will be an unconventional training run on route. Good luck out there everyone! 🍎 @altrarunning #ZeroLimits #spAltra @spacecityracing #RunHOU #NYCmarathon #NYC #Marathon @strava #Kudos @polarglobal #PolarV800 #MarathonTraining @firstendurance #instarunners @nuunhydration @strydrunning @nycmarathon Thanks to random runner friend for the warmup photo 📸: @bushybrowsss YOU ROCK!
McElligott and his wife Catherine had their second child on September 19, so he’s had a hectic time, and sends a shout-out to his wife for taking care of the kids while he finally got to race New York. McElligott trains with Athlétisme Ville-Marie and coach John Lofranco (who was in Hamilton, Ont. commentating at OFSAA on Saturday).
Kudos to Allison Blackmore of Calgary, who was the top Canadian woman, in 3:03:08, and first in her 50-54 age group. Joelle White of Montreal (30-34) was the second Canadian woman, in 3:03:55. Kathryn Waslen of Calgary (35-39) was third, in 3:04:40.
Age group results
Congratulations are also due to Wendy Pethick, who was third in her age group yesterday, and who finished seventh in her age group at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon less than a month ago.
Only top-3 results are listed on the age group awards page of the NYC marathon site. Here are the Canadians who made the podium in their age group.
Women’s Age Group: 50-54
|2||Allison Blackmore (52) , CAN 3:03:08 (Blackmore was also the top Canadian female)|
Women’s Age Group: 55-59
|3||Wendy Pethick (58) , CAN 3:17:06|
Women’s Age Group: 75-79
|3||Carol Hall (78) , CAN 5:47:30|
Men’s Age Group: 18-19
|1||Colin Morgan (18), CAN 2:49:01|
Men’s Age Group: 60-64
|1||Morris Roberts (60) , CAN 2:56:03|