BMO Vancouver Marathon Elite News
The BMO Vancouver Marathon has drawn an impressive local and international elite roster
Bonuses in the Marathon event and Event Records in the Marathon and Half Marathon.
Marathon: Returning Marathon champion Berhanua Mekonnen will be challenged by a great international field
2014 Marathon champion, Berhanu Mekonnen of Ethiopia will defend his title. Four-time BMO Vancouver Marathon winner, Thomas Omwenga of Kenya also returns along with Kenyan runner Gilbert Kiptoo, who was last year’s runner-up.
“I want to run again with a better time in Vancouver,” says Mekonnen, knowing the competition will be tough. “Vancouver is a beautiful city. Before, during and after the marathon the people of Vancouver are very encouraging.”
Former Half Marathon winner and event record holder, Canadian Kip Kangogo moves up from the 21.1KM to 42.2KM event distance this year.
In the women’s Marathon division, Hirut Guangul of Ethiopia will likely be this year’s number one challenger. Canadian, Lloudmila Kortchaguina is a top master entry and another true contender with her strength and experience, holding a personal best of 2:29:43.
North Vancouver elite runner, Ellie Greenwood will also compete despite recent wrist surgery. The former champion will use May 3 as part of a 50KM training day as she hopes to reclaim her 2014 Comrades Ultra Marathon champion status.
“I am excited to run the BMO Vancouver Marathon again as I love the event,” shares Greenwood.
The current Marathon event record is 2:13:14 for the men and 2:35:50 for the women.
Half Marathon: Can the event record be broken for a third year in a row?
The men’s Half Marathon field will be led by Paul Kimugul who broke the event record in 2013 and then again in 2014 with a time of 1:02:36.
Canadian Dancan Kasia, plus Kenyans Japheth Kiplagat and Solomon Rotich of Kenya will also be top contenders for the Half Marathon title – all boasting personal bests faster than the current event record. American Erik Stanley is competing to qualify for the US Olympic trials.
Top ranked Canadian long-distance runner Rob Watson is yet another top contender in the men’s Half Marathon division. “Perfect way to experience Canada's most beautiful and also most runner-friendly city,” describes Watson of the downhill Vancouver course.
In the women’s Half Marathon, 2014 runner-up, American Allison Macsas will try and claim champion status. Trinidad and Tobago Marathon and Half Marathon champion, Tonya Nero will challenge for the first time in Vancouver along with Kenyan elite runner Jane Murage, who has a personal best of 1:11:30 and is going for the event record.
“This race has become an annual-must thanks to the fast course, beautiful scenery, top-notch organization and overwhelmingly friendly atmosphere,” says Mascas, who will travel from Texas to run the event for a fourth time. “I tell everyone I know to make the trip, and they never regret it!”
Local favourite, Dayna Pidhoresky will also be amongst the challengers with a personal best of 1:11:45.
The current Half Marathon event record is 1:02:36 for the men and is 1:12:33 for the women set back in 1996.
Live Up-dates on Race Day
Canadian Marathon Olympian Dylan Wykes and 2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon winner, Kimberly Doerksen, will help provide live race up-dates on May 3. Follow along all Marathon Weekend on social media @BMOVanMarathon #bmovm #RunVan and visit bmovanmarthon.ca for further details.