Runners not deterred by early morning heat at Sunday’s Ottawa marathon

The Ottawa marathon took place in the nation's capital, one of the highlights of race weekend, on Sunday morning followed by the half-marathon.

Ottawa marathon

The Ottawa marathon, one of two IAAF Gold Label events at race weekend in the nation’s capital, took place on Sunday morning under hot conditions despite a 7 a.m. start. The half-marathon was run ahead 45 minutes ahead of schedule at 8:15 a.m. to allow runners to safely compete given the heat and humidity.

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Dino Sefir won the men’s race in 2:08:14 and Koren Jelela won the women’s race in 2:27:06.

Tarah Korir, who was paced by her husband Wesley, the 2012 Boston marathon champion, fell short of the Olympic qualifying standard of 2:29:50 with a clocking of 2:35:43 but still set a 14-minute personal best. She’s expected to run a 10,000m in the near future in an attempt to qualify for Rio.


Kip Kangogo, a resident of Lethbridge, Alta., was the top Canadian in Sunday morning’s race in 2:21:22. John Parrott was the second Canadian overall.

Beyond the top finishers, there were still plenty of noise courtesy of the crowds to help runners in the final stages of the race, in either the half-marathon or the marathon: