Distance runner Daniel Kipkoech lopes through Cook Street Village during the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Kipkoech built a significant lead by the halfway point and won the overall marathon title, his fourth straight, in just over two hours, 21 minutes. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

38th annual marathon shines the sporting spotlight on Victoria

6,900 of roughly 8,000 starters finished the marathon, half-marathon, 8K, relay or Kids Run

There was plenty to celebrate at the 38th annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon races on Sunday, as close to 8,000 people took to the streets of Victoria and Oak Bay.

Race top seed Daniel Kipkoech won his fourth straight marathon, finishing in two hours, 21 minutes and four seconds, more than five minutes ahead of second-place finisher and number 2 seed Kip Kangogo (2:26.58), who, like Kipkoech trains in Lethbridge. Vancouver’s Nicholas Browne was third in 2:30.51.

WATCH: Videos of race day GoodLIfe Fitness Victoria Marathon

Kipkoech set a fast pace from the start and took just 1:07 to reach the halfway point of the race, when he was already a full kilometre ahead of Kangogo.

“Starting with the half marathon helped me set a fast pace and I ran the race alone,” Kipkoech said. “I would like to come back again and I know on a flatter course I can be faster.”

Fastest among the women marathoners was Lissa Zimmer of Vancouver, whose time of 2:48.33 was nearly 10 minutes quicker than runner-up Andrea Lee (2:58.23), also of Vancouver. Margreet Dietz from Squamish was third in 3:03:47 and the top women’s master (35-over) finisher, while U.S. runner James Desalvo won the men’s masters division in 2:37.00.

The half marathon saw three age-category course records set by the top three women’s finishers. Langley’s Sarah Inglis ran the 21 kilometres in 1:14 for the win and topped the age 25 to 29 division. Vancouver’s Meg Lewis-Schneider (1:16.43, age 20 to 24) and Catherine Watkins (1:17.03, age 45 to 49) placed second and third, respectively, and also won their age categories.

Former Victorian Geoff Martinson was the overall half marathon winner in 1:04:28, followed in order by New Mexico’s Julian Florez (1:06:00) and Canadian distance running Olympian Reid Coolsaet from Hamilton (1:07:28). Jim Finlayson from Victoria was top master and finished fifth overall with a men’s 45 to 49 course record time of 1:10:41.

Fan favourite Lucy Smith of Victoria set a Canadian and course record in the women’s 50 to 54 division with a time of 1:19:53, six minutes faster than the old course record in her category. “It was perfect weather, perfect organization and of course perfect community,” she said. “So many people called out my name on course … I felt so grateful out there to be a part of the race and this amazing city.”

In the 8K races, Burnaby resident Lindsay Carson won her fourth consecutive women’s title in Victoria in a time of 27:25, while Justin Kent from Burnaby won the men’s overall in 24:04.

In all, there were 6,906 finishers: 1,070 in the marathon, 2,628 in the half, 2,117 in the 8K, 1,020 in the Thrifty Foods Kids Run and 71 runners on the 15 marathon relay teams.

For full results visit runvictoriamarathon.com/results/

editor@vicnews.com

 

Runners come across the finish line during the 2017 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Just Posted

Hey Amazon, the bid’s in the mail: Langford mayor

The City of Langford has officially submitted its bid to become the home of Amazon HQ2.

Art has become a lifestyle for local resident

Coast Collective’s latest exhibit celebrates all things late fall

Deadline looming for youth transitional housing

Province says funding for 10 units not available at this time

Greater Victoria Public Library announces new music streaming service

Victoria Conservatory of Music to perform at Langford Heritage Branch on Saturday

Rogue masseur arrested for sexual assault in Victoria

John Heintzelman, 65, is accused of assaulting a person at his former business, James Bay Massage

WATCH: Greater Victoria restaurant chain stepping up after employee struck by SUV

31-year-old Khushal Rana fighting for his life in Victoria hospital

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

Weekend hit list: Things to see and do in Greater Victoria

The Victoria Fall Home Expo returns, Rebels host the Cullen Cup, a gallery tour and more

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

West Shore Baha’is come together to join in world-wide celebrations

200th commemoration of the birth of Baha’u’llah this weekend

JOCK TALK: Canada’s national cycling team is at Bear Mountain this weekend

Your weekly round up of all things sports on the West Shore

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Salmon have arrived in Saanich

Two weeks ago, Dorothy Chambers, lead steward with Colquitz River fish fence,… Continue reading

Most Read