The 2000s

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2003 Vancouver Marathon - Shoreline

2003 Vancouver Marathon – Scenic Views

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2000 (2965 Finishers, 1733 Males / 1232 Females) – May 7

In 2000, Krystyna Pieczulis continued her winning ways with her third victory and a time of 2:45:32. The men’s winner was Uli Steidl of Germany with a time of 2:18:53.

Male Winner : Ulrich Steidl (Germany) in 2:18:56

Female Winner : Krystina Pieczulis (Poland) in 2:45:32

2001 (3409 Finishers, 1915 Males / 1494 Females) – May 6

Uli Steidl returned to win the 30th anniversary running in a close win ahead of Kenyan, Charles Subano with a time of 2:18:56. Krystyna Pieczulis realized defeat in her attempt at four wins in a row when unknown Leteyesus Berhe from Ethiopia arrived to take victory with a time of 2:45:51. Krystyna finished second with a 2:46:04.

Male Winner : Ulrich Steidl (Germany) in 2:18:56

Female Winner : Leteyesus Berehe (Ethiopia) in 2:45:51

2002 (3791 Finishers, 2051 Males / 1740 Females) – May 5

2002 proved that strange things can happen. The weather brought rain, sun, wind and hail, but didn’t stop Uli Steidl from a triple victory and a new course record of 2:17:01. Angela Strange became the first Canadian woman to win in 12 years with a time of 2:45:46.

Male Winner : Ulrich Steidl (Germany) in 2:17:01

Female Winner : Angela Strange (Canada) in 2:45:46

2003 (4343 Finishers, 2331 Males / 2012 Females) – May 4

2003 Uli Steidl completes his record fourth win with a time of 2:20:22. Angela Strange was no stranger to victory as she completed her second consecutive win of the VIM with a time of 2:46:22.

Male Winner : Ulrich Steidl (Germany) in 2:20:22

Female Winner : Angela Strange (Canada) in 2:46:22

2003 Vancouver Marathon

2003 Vancouver Marathon

2004 (4399 Finishers, 2456 Males / 1943 Females) – May 2

2004 is when the VIM became the Uli Steidl Marathon. Steidl went on to win his amazing 5th consecutive VIM marathon with a time of 2:18:24. US runner, Mary Akor, finished her first victory in the VIM with a time of 2:44:43.

Male Winner : Ulrich Steidl (Germany) in 2:18:24

Female Winner : Mary Akor (USA) in 2:44:43

2005 (4012 Finishers, 2264 Males / 1748 Females) – May 1

2005 saw several new faces take the crown. Uli Steidl’s 5-year incredible winning streak dissolved when Ethiopian Kassahun Kabiso crossed the finish line in 2:15:40, shaving off almost two minutes to make a new course record. Another first time VIM participant, Rima Dubovik from Ukraine, came in at 2:44:05 ahead of last year’s winner Mary Akor to wear the women’s crown. VIM also hosted its first world record. Betty Jean McHugh of North Vancouver ran a 4:10:46 full marathon, establishing the record for females aged 75 to 79.

Male Winner : Kassahun Kasibo (Ethiopia) in 2:15:40

Female Winner : Rima Dubovik (Ukraine) in 2:44:05

2006 (3550 Finishers, 2000 Males / 1550 Females) – May 5

2006 made history when a women, Malgorzata Sobanska, from Poland, placed in the top 10 overall. Her time was 2:37:06 to place her 1st in the women’s Marathon division. 2006 also saw Kassahun Kabiso repeat his 2005 win with a finish time of 2:18:29.

Male Winner : Kassahun Kasibo (Ethiopia) in 2:18:29

Female Winner : Malgorzata Sobanska (Poland) in 2:37:06

2007 (2274 Finishers, 1805 Males / 1298 Females) – May 6

2007 saw Claudia Camargo of Argentina break the VIMS women’s record with a time of 2:35:50, and the fastest time to date. She placed an amazing third overall, another BMO Vancouver Marathon record. The men’s event was won by Thomas Omwenga, from Kenya, with a time of 2:25:23, defeating two-time male champion, from 2005 to 2006, Kassahun Kabiso, who placed second this year.

 

Male Winner : Thomas Omwenga (Kenya) in 2:25:23

Female Winner : Claudia Camargo (Argentina) in 2:35:50**

2008 (3067 Finishers, 1810 Males / 1294 Females) – May 4

2008 was another dominating performance by the humble Thomas Omwenga in the BMO Vancouver Marathon.  Thomas ran to a stunning time of 2:15:59, one of the fastest times ever recorded in Vancouver.  On the women’s side, Mary Akor took first place in a time of 2:37:54.

Male Winner : Thomas Omwenga (Kenya) in 2:15:59

Female Winner : Mary Akor (USA) in 2:37:54

2008 Vancouver Marathon - Start Line

2008 Vancouver Marathon – Start Line

2009 (2962 Finishers, 1682 Males / 1280 Females) – May 3

2009 brought great weather and fast conditions to the BMO Vancouver Marathon.  Bernard Onsare from Kenya (living in Calgary) ran a very strategic race taking the win in 2:28:26.  It was Bernard’s first Vancouver victory.  Mary Akor returned to Vancouver to take her third BMO Vancouver Marathon title.  She had run with the best in Boston only three weeks prior but had enough in the tank to take the victory in 2:46:24.

Male Winner : Bernard Onsare (Kenya) in 2:28:26

Female Winner : Mary Akor (USA) in 2:46:24

2009 Vancouver Marathon - Champion

2009 Vancouver Marathon – Champion


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