WINNIPEG — About 12,000 runners laced up on Sunday for the 39th annual Manitoba Marathon.
By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – As the number of marathons, half-marathons and shorter races across Canada grows, race organizers are having to come up with novel ways to attract runners from near and far, and make their event a must-do.
The folks behind the Manitoba Marathon, now in its 39th year, believe they have come up with something unique — a new finish line inside a Canadian Football League stadium, with runners appearing on the jumbotron as they make their final dash to the end on June 18.
WINNIPEG — So long, University Stadium. The Manitoba Marathon will have a new finishing point next year.
Investors Group Field will be where runners cross the finish line on June 18, 2017.
“We’re so excited about the experience that this is going to offer to both our runners and spectators,” said Manitoba Marathon executive director Rachel Munday.
WINNIPEG — The 36th annual Manitoba Marathon was run Sunday under dreary, rainy skies, but still managed to bring out 12,000 participants.
A yearly Father’s Day tradition, runners made the 26-mile trek on wet pavement through Winnipeg to finish up at University Stadium at the U of M.
The first place winner of the full marathon was Brian Walker of Winnipeg with a time of 2:36:44. Yussuf Abduselam finished first in the half marathon at 1:09:32.
Kenya’s Thomas Omwenga was the big winner at Sunday’s 34th Manitoba Marathon — placing first with a time of 2:25.13.
Brian Walker of Winnipeg finished second with a time of 2:33.18, while Bradley Keefe, also of Winnipeg, placed third with a time of 2:37.40.
Anna Kibor of Kenya was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 2:49.45.
Winnipeg’s Corey Gallagher won the men’s half marathon with an unofficial time of 1:10.13.
More than 13,000 runners were registered for the annual marathon, which fundraises for programs that support Manitobans living with disabilities.
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Sunday’s 34th annual Manitoba Marathon will affect some Winnipeg Transit riders.
The city has re-routed the following routes along the 26-mile marathon route: 10, 16, 17, 20, 24, 60, 75, 79, DART 101, 160 and 70.
Further route and schedule information can be found at WinnipegTransit.com.
Runners will take to the starting line at 7 a.m. at the University of Manitoba.
By Sarah Klein
The star of a popular television fishing show is continuing his efforts to live a healthier lifestyle by participating in this year’s Manitoba Marathon.
Dave Mercer from “Facts of Fishing” lost 80 lbs. by taking the Subway Commit to Fit pledge and will be among the thousands of runners in Winnipeg on June 17.
Dave’s fishing program is broadcast nationally on the Outdoor Life Network. His fishing tips are seen over 250 times a week in every city across Canada. Dave continues his fun, outrageous and joking approach to fishing on the show while still giving helpful tips to today’s anglers.
A record number of participants laced up on Sunday for the 33rd annual Manitoba Marathon.
A Father’s Day tradition, this year’s winner of the full men’s marathon was Philip Samoei, a Kenyan-born Calgary runner, who came in with a time of 2:35:45.
Gina Tessman won the women’s marathon with a time of 2:58:04.
In the half-marathon, Brian Walker came in first at 1:11:58, having also won in 2007.
Alice Sherwin won for the women with a time of 1:27:15.
Chester Draper, 71, from Dryden, Ontario won the men’s full wheelchair marathon with a time of 1:57:26.
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By David Klassen
The ongoing reconstruction of the Jubilee Overpass had forced crews to completely block northbound and southbound traffic on Pembina Hwy. between Merriam Blvd. and Stafford St. on Sunday during the marathon. Motorists can use westbound Jubilee Ave. to northbound Pembina during the marathon closure.
Pembina Hwy. will also be restricted to local access only between McGillivray Blvd. and Merriam Blvd. and between Stafford St. and Grant Ave. The complete closure and local access closure will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Click the map for a larger view.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area around the Jubilee overpass during the Manitoba Marathon and use alternate routes.
Other closures affecting access to the following areas:
For affected transit routes, consult WinnipegTransit.com.
No parking signs will be in effect along the 26.2 mile Manitoba Marathon route from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.