2017Legacy of the marathon
May 7, 2017. 2017 sparked several milestones, as a record 65 countries were represented at the BMO Vancouver Marathon and the event welcomed its 100,000th runner across the Finish Line. An unexpecting Ana Weiss of Vancouver crossed the Finish Line in 4:49:17 to become the event’s milestone finisher.
Kenyan runners swept the podium as defending champion Daniel Kipkoech went back-to-back to win his second Vancouver Marathon title, beating his previous time with 2:19:09. Kipkoech took the win by a 7-minute margin as runner-up George Towett rolled in at 2:26:56 and third-place Jonathan Kipchirchir Chesoo at 2:32:08.
The women’s title went to newcomer Gladys Jepkechei Tarus of Kenya, who finished in 2:39:37, just narrowly ahead of multi-top 2 finisher Allison Macsas of USA. 2015 champ Lioudmila Kortchaguina rounded off the podium as the Top Canadian finisher.
Canadian Olympic race walker Evan Dunfee walked the entire course, beating all but 132 runners. Placing 25th in his age group of 25 to 29, Dunfee finished in 3:10:34 and helped push many runners to personal bests.
In the Half, two-time champion Kip Kangogo, now representing Canada, added a third win to his resume. Not to be outdone, local Natasha Wodak made her own triumphant return to the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon straight to the top of the podium for her third all-time win as well.
The 2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon also featured a special celebration, as engaged runners Anthony Johnson and James Makokis, representing the Navajo and Saddle Lake Cree Nations, tied the knot on-course. The two got off the course, held a small ceremony at English Bay near the 32KM mark, before continuing back on course to finish the race as a married couple.
A point-to-point course, the stunning 2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon route starts in Queen Elizabeth Park and leads runners on a scenic tour of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, around the world-renowned Stanley Park Seawall, and towards an exciting downtown Finish Line.
- Daniel Kipkoech (KEN), 2:19:09
- George Towett (KEN), 2:26:56
- Jonathan Kipchirchir Chesoo (KEN), 2:32:08
- Gladys Jepkechei Tarus (KEN), 2:39:37
- Allison Macsas (USA), 2:39:41
- Lioudmila Kortchaguina (CAN), 2:41:24