Elite Athletes

BMO Vancouver Marathon

BMO Vancouver Marathon

RUNVAN® support elite athletes and aspiring Canadian elites with specific focus on the world-class BMO Vancouver Marathon which attracts an international field and top Canadian runners.

At the 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon, Robin Watson (CAN) took home Marathon gold with a time of 2:27:38, as well as the top spot in the BC Marathon Championship in conjunction with BC Athletics. Watson bookends his 2015 Half Marathon title at the BMO Vancouver Marathon, and becomes the first Canadian to win the men’s Marathon since 1983.

“It’s nice to have that double,” says Watson. “It was a really nice 30KM and a really hard 12KM today, but I’m happy I pulled it off. It’s a great event, and I’m happy to be able to take the win.”

Canada took the top five spots in the men’s Marathon, with last year’s Top Canadian Mike Trites finishing in second, followed by Robert Brouillette, Ed McCarthy and Craig McMillan.

Zhiling Zheng (CHN) became the first-ever Chinese runner to win the BMO Vancouver Marathon, crossing the Finish Line well ahead of her competition at 2:43:50.

“This is the most exciting course I’ve ever been on,” says Zheng, through a translator. “It’s my favourite course because it’s very beautiful.” The 21-year-old was also the Shanghai International Marathon’s Top Chinese Woman this year and is an Olympian. Margarita Quintero (MEX) finished second, followed by multi-time Top 5 finisher Catrin Jones (CAN).

In the Half Marathon, it was Olympian Natasha Wodak (CAN) who took home her fourth win in a time of 1:14:01, with Course Record Holder Jane Murage not far behind at 1:16:39. Wodak just came off a fifth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games last month, and was a late addition to the elite field.

“It always seems to be a beautiful day on BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend so I couldn’t help myself, I had to run,” shares Wodak. “The energy here is so great and everyone’s out there having fun. I’m happy to be here, and I was fortunate enough to come out with a win against some stellar girls.”

On the men’s Half Marathon side, George Towett (KEN) crossed first in 1:04:03. Daniel Kipkoech (KEN), who swapped distances after winning the Marathon the last two years, finished second in 1:06:40, ahead of local elite Anthony Tomsich (USA) and defending champ Kip Kangogo (CAN).

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