The annual Vancouver Sun Run took place on Sunday, April 15 with a huge field of 48,904 runners taking part. That's not a record for the event, but it remains the largest race in Canada by a large margin.
It was also a race with an unexpected outcome. After years of runners from Kenya and abroad taking the top prize, Kelly Wiebe of Saskatchewan came through, overtaking Kip Kangogo of Kenya at the finish line to take the win in 29 minutes and 12 seconds. Natasha Fraser of Port Moody was the top female racer in 34:12.
As always, lots of Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton runners took part — 102 from Whistler, 101 from Squamish and Brackendale, and 20 from Pemberton. Despite the relatively short training season — there was snow on the ground only a few weeks ago, local athletes did well and were in the top 10 in many cases in categories that were thousands deep.
Due to space we can only include runners under the 50 minute mark. Complete results are online at www.raceheadquarters.com.
The fastest Whistler runner this year was Ashley McMillan, who finished in 35:09 and placed 10th overall in the men's 35 to 39 age group.
Adam Ward was 24th in 19 to 24 in 38:05.
John Blok was sixth in men's 55 to 59 in 39:18.
Mark Schmidt was 75th in men's 25 to 29 in 39:59.
Chris Kennedy was 36th in men's 25 to 29 in 40:15.
Barry McClure was 36th in men's 50 to 54 in 42:13.
Greg Mann was 125th in men's 30 to 34 in 42:39.
Daniel Havens was 20th in men's 55 to 59 in 43:01.
Dean Cote was 105th in men's 40 to 44 in 44:46.
Paula Lamming was ninth in women's 50 to 54 in 44:51.
Walter Wallgram was 36th in men's 55 to 59 in 45:33.
Nancy MacConnachie was 25th in women's 40 to 44 in 45:39.
Gary Lawrence was 369th in men's 25 to 29 in 46:55.
Peter Stanley was 325th in men's 30 to 34 in 47:04.
Jacob Lepine was 314th in men's 19 to 24 in 48:04.
Michael Zuccolin was 272nd in men's 35 to 39 in 48:06.
Chloe Thomas was 99th in women's 25 to 29 in 48:06.
Greg Holland was 53rth in men's 25 to 29 in 29:16.
Rob Leigh was 163rd in men's 16 to 18 in 49:26.
The top Squamish runner was ultra runner Margreet Dietz, who placed sixth overall in women's 40 to 44 in 39:38.
Jordan Ellis was 199th in men's 19 to 24 in 45:43.
Jennifer Mendoza was sixth in women's 16 to 18 in 45:47.
Karl Wilson was 51st in men's 55 to 59 in 47:29.
Meghan Roberts was 12th in women's 16 to 18 in 47:32.
Anita Thomson was 45th in women's 35 to 39 in 48:36.
Tavis Thomson was 433rd in men's 30 to 34 in 49:00.
Griffin Dare was 158th in men's 16 to 18 in 49:12.
Heather Metz was 59th in women's 35 to 39 in 49:27.
From Pemberton, the top two athletes were the Cindrics. Daniel Cindric was 407th in men's 30 to 34 in 48:36, while Carlee was 86th in women's 30 to 34 in 48:52.
Eduardo S. Aguirre was 235th in men's 40 to 44 in 49:09.