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Locals tackle wet Vancouver Marathon

Times slowed by damp weather



By Andrew Mitchell

Rain, cold and wind couldn’t stop almost 9,000 runners from taking part in the 2007 BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver International Marathon and Half Marathon this past Sunday, May 6.

Average times were a little slower than past years, likely because of the conditions, but that didn’t stop Argentina’s Claudia Camargo from breaking the women’s record for the 36 th annual run with a time of 2:35:46 while finishing third overall. Kenya’a Thomas Omwenga, now living in Florida, was the fastest male in 2:25:23.

Several Whistler runners took part in the marathon, a distance of 42.2 km, or the half marathon, 21.1 km.

Kevin Mair was the fastest Whistler runner going the full distance, crossing the finish line in a chip time of 3:07:42, placing 97 th out of over 3,100 runners and seventh in the men’s 20 to 24 age category.

Shizuo Kashino was 217 th overall and 38 th in the men’s 40 to 44 age group in 3:19:56.

Walter Wallgram placed 17 th in the men’s 50 to 54 category and 395 th overall in 3:31:02.

Sue Drolet was 107 th in the women’s 35 to 39 age category in 4:15:53.

From Pemberton, Grace Chadsey was 41 st in the women’s 45 to 49 age group in 3:59:56.

In the half marathon, Ondrea Zugloff was the fastest Whistler runner, placing 130 th out of more than 5,800 runners and fifth in the women’s 30 to 34 age category in 1:32:28.

Marie-Anne Prevost was 165 th overall and one spot back of Zugloff in the 30 to 34 category with a time of 1:34:20.

Hiromasa Sato was 174 th overall and 21 st in the men’s 45 to 49 race in 1:35:06.

Greg Sandkuhl was 321 st overall and earned the bronze medal in the men’s 60 to 64 race in 1:36:22.

Hamish Yoshida was 238 th overall and 40 th in the men’s 30 to 34 age group in 1:36:28.

Alisa Brownlee was 36 th in the women’s 40 to 44 race in 1:50:02.

Cathy Owen was 53 rd out of 612 runners in the 35 to 39 age group with a time of 1:50:52.

Doug Hare was 26 th in the men’s 55 to 59 age category in 1:51:07.

Amy Walker was 96 th in the women’s 30 to 34 category in 1:55:10.

Joanne Mackey was 96 th in the women’s 25 to 29 race in 1:55:03.

Liz Cullen was 107 th in the same category, but had a faster chip time of 1:51:42.

Robin O’Neill was 121 st in the women’s 30 to 34 race with a chip time of 1:52:46.

Keri Gaudet was 320 th in that category with a time of 2:12:27.

Allison Harriman was 303 rd in women’s 25 to 29 in a time of 2:11:25.

Aimee Larivee was 506 th in the same category in 2:43:24.

Lauren Sherman was 528 th in women’s 30 to 34 in 2:42:44.

From Pemberton, Shayne May and Lindsay May were 696 th and 697 th overall with identical chip times of 1:47:04. Shayne was 87 th in men’s 25 to 29, and Lindsay was 39 th in women’s 25 to 29.

Shannon Beattie and Craig Beattie also ran together, and posted identical times of 1:50:47. Shannon was 77 th in women’s 30 to 34, and Craig was 113 th in men’s 35 to 39.

Stephanie Coughlin was 68 th in women’s 35 to 39 with a time of 1:52:09.

Jennifer Glavas was 117 th in women’s 25 to 29 in 1:53:09.

More than 1,400 youth also participated in the kids race.

From Whistler, Goh Sato finished in 8:11, Lana Kashino in 8:24, Mika Sato in 10:18, and Daikichi Kashino in 10:47. From Pemberton, Mike Coughlin was 7:55. The course was 1.61 km, or one mile.

Results in Pique Newsmagazine refer to the recorded chip time for all athletes, or the time from the start pad to the finish pad recorded using electronic timing chips. However, actual placings are based on the gun time, or from the time the starter’s pistol goes off until a runner’s chip crosses the finish line.

The week before the Vancouver marathon, Whistler’s Scott Taber took part in the 111 th annual Boston Marathon, which he finished in a time of 3:03:11, 248 th in the men’s 40 to 44 age category.