Lanni Marchant top Canadian at New York City Marathon

The Big Apple was overrun with 30,000 runners making their way across the five boroughs for the 50th anniversary of the  New York Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 7. And, London, Ontario’s Lanni Marchant came up big in her return to racing posting an impressive time of 2:32:54 to claim 11th place. 

Marchant has been hobbled by a series of injuries since competing at the Olympic Games in 2016. She ran in New York sporting a baseball cap with the name Release, which according to a social media post following the race, is a recovery foundation Marchant chose to support with her run. 

“I’d like to thank Zac (co-founder of Release) and Release Recovery Foundation who let me run on their behalf today,” she said. “I wore this hat in the race. As you know, I lost a good friend this spring, and I lost my dad to an overdose. It was really important for me to be able to get out there and race for something bigger than me. Obviously, I’m also happy that the race went well for myself. Thank you all that donated.”

Release’s mission is to provide more people with access to the lifesaving treatment they need regardless of status or financial means. Release Recovery Foundation creates opportunities for each recipient to make the world a better place; therefore, all of the money raised goes directly towards care for individuals in need.

As Marchant explained in an Instagram post leading up to the event, the New York City Marathon five years ago was her last race. 

"Sunday’s run carries with it more purpose than chasing times and top finishes. I have no idea what the race will look like - but I know it’ll be #perfectlyimperfect," she wrote. 

Turns out, not only did she raise awareness regarding an important issue, but she also showed a return to form a long time in the making. Congratulations Lanni.

The women’s champion was reigning Olympic Champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya who topped the field with a time of 2:22:39. Her fellow countrymen Albert Korir won the men’s race in 2:08:22. 

Other top Canadian runners in New York include Rachel Hannah, 16th place in 2:39:15, and Kate Gustafson, 22nd place in 2:45:28. 


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