1973

Legacy of the marathon
Overview

1973

May 26, 1973. Following the inaugural event, Vancouver’s only Marathon underwent a name change to the “Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon” in 1973. This year featured 43 finishers – 38 men and 5 women.

Inaugural Champion Tom Howard of Surrey, BC once again took home the Vancouver Marathon title, besting his previous time by nearly three minutes with 2:21:46 to set a new course record. Howard was followed by Canadians Bruce Shaw in 2:22:16 and Wolf Schamberger in 2:24:46.

Local Deborah Collins became the first Canadian woman to win the Vancouver Marathon title. Breaking the tape at 3:24:39, Collins’ time betters first-women’s champion Patricia Loveland’s time of 3:39:22 by nearly 15 minutes.

Course Map

The Course

The second annual Vancouver Marathon course continued on the initial course, featuring five laps around Stanley Park, until 1978.

Podium

Men

  1. Tom Howard (CAN), 2:21:45
  2. Bruce Shaw (CAN), 2:22:16
  3. Wolf Schamberger (CAN), 2:24:46

 

Women

  1. Deborah Collins (CAN), 3:24:38
  2. Sue Taylor (CAN), 3:27:12
  3. Maria Brzezinska (CAN), 3:27:20

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Women

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