Marathon champs both run best times
Oct 13, 2013 / 4:07 pm
Sunday in downtown Kelowna the weather behaved and under brilliant sunny skies running shoes hit the pavement for the 19th annual BMO Okanagan Marathon.
Camrose, Alberta runner Brendan Lunty finished first to become the new Marathon champion.
Lunty finished with a time of 2:30:28, the best time at the event in the past three years, followed by Hans Aabye of Merritt, BC at 2:38:54 and Scott Tremblay of Kaleden, BC at 2:43:59.
“I was here six years ago and ran it then, and it’s a great place. I know this course is quite flat and the weather here at this time of year is really conducive to running hard,” said Lunty
He was thrilled to win his first ever BMO Okanagan Marathon.
“It was absolutely perfect, a great race, I took three full minutes off my personal best time.” Lunty adds, “Being the champion feels fantastic. I credit all those 4:00am wake up calls, there are no short cuts, and you have to work hard.”
He believes no matter who you are, everyone can be a marathon champion if they put in the miles.
“Saying you can’t ever do it, that’s bull, I said that once too. I used to be overweight and out of shape and my wife dared me to do it so if I can do it you can do it. That’s the beauty thing about this, anybody that wants to do the work can do this and I honestly believe that,” shared Lunty.
And does he ever put in the work.
“I have little kids so I do all my training in the morning; I am a 4 o’clock in the morning kind of guy. I run about 21 kilometres a day to train.”
Top lady of the day was Calgary runner Allison Blackmore won in her first appearance at the BMO Okanagan Marathon with a personal best time of 3:05:52.
It was her first time winning any Marathon and only her fifth Marathon in total.
“It felt great out there, the weather was perfect and it’s a beautiful, flat, fast course,” said Blackmore.
Danielle Bourgeois of Edmonton finished second less than a minute later, with a time of 3:06:16 and Tara Risling, of Calgary, finished third at 3:14:23.
Another amazing accomplishment on Sunday was the runner wearing bib #70.
Trevor Wakelin of White Court, Alberta, completed his goal of finishing his 70th marathon (yup 70) in a time of 4:15.
Wakelin was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and was thrilled with the support he felt on the course from his friends and family who pushed him in his wheelchair the entire 42.2K distance.
“It was great. I’m grateful to everyone who ran for me today. I had so many people cheering me on. It has been an incredible experience for me and I have met wonderful people and close friends along the road.”
While his brother, Neil Walkelin, amazingly completed his 140th Marathon today by pushing Trevor across the finish line.
“Trevor was in great spirits. We were keeping a good pace with 4 people running the whole distance and 20 people involved in Team Trevor in total. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.”
Approximately 3,500 participants took part in this weekend family festival and Boston qualifying event. Saturday, October 12th, welcomed the Running Room’s Free Friendship Run, 5K, and the 2nd Annual BMO ABC Kids Run with over 200 youngsters completing their 1K event. Sunday featured the 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon events.
BMO Okanagan Marathon Final Results
1st – Brendan Lunty, Camrose, AB - 2:30:28
2nd – Hans Aabye – Merritt, BC - 2:38:54
3rd – Scott Tremblay – Kaleden, BC - 2:43:59
1st – Allison Blackmore, Calgary, AB – 3:05:52
2nd – A. Danielle Bourgeois, Edmonton, AB – 3:06:16
3rd – Tara Risling, Calgary, AB – 3:14:23
21.1 km Half Marathon Male
1st – Matt Mead, Salmon Arm, BC – 1:19:20
2nd – Adrian Harvey, Calgary, AB – 1:19:25
3rd – Jay Fourie, Vernon, BC – 1:19:50
21.1 km Half Marathon Female
1st Christy Lovig, Kelowna, BC –1:23:16
2nd Sharleen Balogh, Prince George, BC – 1:25:12
3rd Lisa Heidt, Vernon, BC – 1:27:09
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