More than 10,000 runners took to the streets of Vancouver on May 5 to take part in the Adidas Vancouver International Marathon. Almost 4,000 ran in the full marathon of 26 miles (42.2 km), while more than 6,000 others raced the half marathon.
For the third year in a row the full marathon went to Ulli Steidl, a German runner who lives in Seattle. Steidl averaged one mile every 5:14 to finish in a time of 2 hours 17 minutes 1 second. Stephen Ariga of Nairobi was second in 2:27:00, and Ian Fraser of Port Townsend, Washington, third in 2:29:00.
Angela Strange of Toronto was the top woman in 2:45:46. Joan McGrath of New Westminster was second in 2:48:08, and Mai Aoki of Japan third 2:54:05.
Several dozen locals raced in the marathon and half marathon with impressive results.
According to Daniel Havens, who was 57 th overall and eighth out of 291 runners in the mens 45 to 49 category with a time of 3:00:35, the weather could have been better on race day.
"The weather just threw everything at us, rain, wind, snow," said Havens. "I was coming across the Burrard Street Bridge and the hail came flying down. I was feeling pretty sore at that point, but the hail hurt even more so it took my mind off my body, so it was actually kind of a good thing. The sun did come out at the end of the race."
It was only Havens second marathon, but he still managed to shave more than 18 minutes off of his previous time.
"I learned enough from the first marathon, that I could finish it and still have a bit left. I knew I could push it more," said Havens, who is currently training for the Ironman Canada in Penticton at the end of the summer.
Ian Goard was the top Whistler runner in the marathon, finishing 32 nd overall and eighth out of 359 competitors in the 30 to 34 age group with a time of 2:55:17.
Walter Wallgram was 33rd in the mens 45 to 49 race and 342 overall in 3:26:09.
Didier Toutain was 481 st in 3:32:13, or 83 rd out of 335 in the mens 40 to 44 division.
Shane Robilliard was 600 th , or 66 th out of 225 in the mens 25 to 29 division in 3:37:00.
With a time of 3:39:13, Whistlers Stephanie Rochon was 662 nd overall, the 95 th woman, and 28 th out of 330 competitors in the 25 to 35 age group.