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Lower Mainland runners capture marathon

July 25, 2016 8:57 A.M.

The fifth annual Sportscheck Kamloops Marathon over the weekend drew more than 600 runners from around the world.

Vancouver runners captured both marathon titles.

Ken Ginnan covered the 42-km full marathon in the fastest time: two hours, 49 minutes and 52 seconds. Morgan Paulgaard (Langley) was second almost 10 minutes behind (2:59.43) with Fraser Bjornson (Jasper, Alta.) third in three hours, two minutes and 34 seconds.

Kamloops’ Chris Larouche was 10th in three hours, 20:30 seconds.

Rika Hatachi was the top women’s finisher in the full marathon. Her time was three hours, six minutes, 44 seconds. Yu Tsuchida (Japan) was second in three hours, eight minutes and 46 seconds with Joanna Brewer (Kamloops) placing third in three hours, 33 minutes and 31 seconds.

Josh Heinrich of Penticton captured the 21-km half marathon fastest in a time of 1:20:36. Andre Lessard (Kamloops) was second almost five minutes behind (1:25:42) with Richard Dueck (Kelowna) placing third 1:37:47.

Former TRU WolfPack runner Ryan Pidhirniak (Kamloops) was fifth  in the half marathon in one hour, 28:36 minutes.

Kamloops’ Jessica Moon (a South Kam grad and former university soccer player) won the women’s half marathon in a time of one hour, 33:16 minutes. Dale Finlay (Toronto) was second coming in a mere 21 seconds later (1:33:37). Joanna Hamilton  (Salmon Arm) third in a time of one hour, 36 minutes, seven seconds.

In the 8-km races: Josh Weiss (Surre) won the men’s title in a time of 30 minutes. Alison Blackmore  (Calgary) took the women’s 8-km race in 30 minutes, 14.2 seconds.

The marathon relay was won by Team Runners Sole in a time of two hours, 52 minutes, 15.2 seconds.

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