Hometown runner wins Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon

Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon

Hamilton Road2Hope MarathonA local high school teacher from Dundas, Ont., won on his home turf over the weekend in Hamilton.

Brendan Kenny, a 27-year-old McMaster grad, won the Hamilton Marathon on Sunday in a 2:27:44, his best result in a few years.

Kenny is a two-time Goodlife Toronto Marathon champion, winning in 2011 and 2012. His 2:27:44 this past weekend was his fastest result since the Goodlife race in 2011.

Kenny’s been busy on the roads recently, racing the Edmonton marathon at the end of August and the Niagara Falls International Marathon last weekend, where he finished third and fourth respectively.

Jeffery Conron and Kyle Aitken finished second and third in Hamilton with times of 2:40:01 and 2:40:13.

Jutta Merilainen won the women’s race in 2:51:09. She¬†also won the 2012 Goodlife Toronto Marathon and was the winner of the Army Run Half-Marathon in 2012 and 2013.

Allison Drynan came through second in 2:57:19 and Lyda Desmeules was third, two minutes back.

In the 5K race on Saturday, Olympic steeplechaser Alex Genest made an appearance to take the title in a 14:44.

Genest competed in the 2012 London Olympics and finished 13th in the steeplechase at the world champions over the summer. He will be travelling with the Canadian team to the Chiba Ekiden relay in Japan in late November.