Elite Athletes


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Elite Roster 2018

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Featured Athletes

Natasha Wodak (CAN)
Natasha Wodak - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Wodak / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:11:20 (2015, New York)

Career Highlights:

  • 3x BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2017)
  • Rio Summer Olympic Games, 10,000m (2016)
  • Canadian 10,000m Record Holder (2015)
  • 2x Vancouver Sun Run Champion (2013)
Rob Watson (CAN)
Rob Watson - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Watson / Clarence Chan / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:13:29 (2013, Toronto)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion & Canadian Record Holder (2015)
  • Pan Am Games – Marathon, 8th (2015)
  • Canadian Marathon Championships Runner-up (2014)
Daniel Kipkoech (KEN)
Daniel Kipkoech - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Kipkoech / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:02:49 (Roanoke Island, 2010)

Career Highlights:

  • 2x BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 4x Victoria Marathon Champion (2017)
  • Calgary Marathon Champion (2017)
Gladys Tarus (KEN)
Gladys Tarus - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Tarus / Ben Owens / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:39:38 (2017, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2017)
  • Calgary Marathon Champion & Course Record Holder (2017)
  • Yangzhou Half Marathon, 10th (2014)
  • Pune International Half Marathon, 4th (2012)
Zhiling Zheng (CHN)
Zhiling Zheng

Photo: Zheng / Shanghai Marathon

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:33:50 (2017, Shanghai)

Career Highlights:

  • Shanghai International Marathon, Top Chinese Woman (2017)
  • Los Angeles Marathon Runner-up (2017)
Kate Gustafson (CAN)
Kate Gustafson - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Gustafson

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:18:43 (2017, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon, 7th (2017)
  • Berlin Marathon, 26th (2017)
  • SeaWheeze Half Marathon Champion (2016)
  • Boston Marathon, 25th (2016)
Kip Kangogo (CAN)
Kip Kangogo - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Kangogo / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:03:22 (2011, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • 3x BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 6x Scotiabank Half Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 4x Calgary Half Marathon Champion (2017)
  • Canadian Half Marathon Champion (2015)
  • Calgary Marathon Champion (2014)
Paul Kimugul (KEN)
Paul Kimugul - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Kimugul / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:02:35 (2014, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • 3x BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion & Course Record Holder (2016)
  • 3x Around the Bay 30K Champion (2016)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2016)
  • 2x Sun Run Winner (2014)
Jane Murage (KEN)
Jane Murage - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Murage / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:12:53 (2015, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • 2x BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion & Course Record Holder (2016)
  • Around the Bay 30K Road Race, Runner-up (2017)
  • 4x Times Colonist 10K Run Champion (2016)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Montréal Half Marathon Champion (2016)
  • Edmonton Half Marathon Champion (2016)
Youssef Zirari (USA/MCO)
Youssef Zirari - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Zirari / The Columbian

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:03:27 (2017, Erachidia)

Career Highlights:

  • 2x Vancouver USA Marathon Champion (2013)
Anthony Tomsich (USA)
Anthony Tomsich - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Tomsich / Preston Emerson / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:09:57 (2017, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Half Marathon, 8th (2017)
  • Fall Classic Run – Half Marathon Champion (2017)
Catrin Jones (CAN)
Catrin Jones - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Jones

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:42:45 (2015, Ottawa)

Career Highlights:

  • 3x BMO Vancouver Marathon Top 5 Finisher (2016)
  • 50K World Championships Bronze Medalist (2015)
  • 50K Canadian Record Holder (2015)
  • Whistler 50 Ultra Champion & Course Record Holder (2015)
  • 2x Victoria Marathon Champion (2013)

Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Carey Nelson CAN 2:12:28 (1991)
Haron Kiptoo Sirma KEN 2:13:07 (2017)
Robin Watson CAN 2:13:29 (2013)
Felipe Mendez MEX 2:26:30 (2018)
Ed McCarthy CAN 2:29:29 (2014)
Robert Brouillette CAN 2:29:33 (2017)
Craig McMillan CAN 2:33:05 (2009)
Mike Trites CAN 2:33:26 (2017)
Elliot Holtham CAN 2:35:15 (2017)
Drew Nicholson CAN 2:36:19 (2012)
James Greenham IRL 2:42:23 (2017)
Darren Holland USA 2:42:31 (2017)
Tatsuya Hatachi JPN 2:43:56 (2015)
Stephen Havas CAN 2:44:32 (2017)
Hassan Lotfi-Pour CAN 2:46:53 (2017)
Ian McKinley CAN 2:50:04 (2017)
Philip Finlayson CAN 2:50:54 (2017)
Keith Bradford CAN 1:12:57 (2014) (Half)

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Zhiling Zheng CHN 2:33:50 (2017)
Haiymanot Alemayehu Shewe ETH 2:34:22 (2015)
Lucy Wanjiku Ndungu KEN 2:36:36 (2017)
Gladys Jepkechei Tarus KEN 2:39:38 (2017)
Catrin Jones CAN 2:42:45 (2015)
Chow Chi Ngan HKG 2:46:10 (2015)
Margarita Quintero MEX 2:50:40 (2017)
Rika Hatachi JPN 2:56:06 (2015)
Polly Moody CAN 2:58:37 (2015)
Margreet Dietz NLD 3:00:29 (2012)
Nicola Gildersleeve CAN 3:01:20 (2015)
Suzy Slane CAN 3:06:04 (2016)
Moeko Sanada JPN 3:08:23 (2017)
Nancy Plascencia Morales MEX 3:22:40 (2017)
Susan J Wong USA

Half Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Paul Kimugul KEN 1:02:35 (2014)
Daniel Kipkoech KEN 1:02:49 (2010)
George Towett KEN 1:02:55 (2005)
Kip Kangogo CAN 1:03:22 (2013)
Youssef Zirari USA/MOR 1:03:27 (2017)
Pius Kipsang Korir KEN 1:04:07 (2008)
Jeremiah Ziak CAN 1:05:22 (2005)
Kevin O’Connor CAN 1:06:52 (1996)
Anthony Tomsich USA 1:09:57 (2017)
Jevin Monds CAN 1:10:10 (2016)
Charles Allan CAN 1:10:32 (2016)
Marc LeBlanc USA 1:11:28 (2011)
David Morrissey CAN 1:13:11 (2018)
Darren Lee CAN 1:14:18 (2015)
Bilal Shamsi CAN 0:14:57 (2016) (5KM)

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Natasha Wodak CAN 1:11:20 (2015)
Jane Murage KEN 1:12:53 (2015)
Caitlin Chrisman USA 1:14:24 (2014)
Sabrina Wilkie CAN 1:16:19 (2014)
Eleanor Greenwood CAN 1:17:47 (2014)
Kate Gustafson CAN 1:18:43 (2017)
Katherine Moore CAN 1:21:12 (2009)
Cheryl Pepin CAN 1:21:59 (2014)
Danielle Thiel CAN 1:23:55 (2017)
Pauline Barlow CAN 1:30:11 (1999)
Andrea Lee CAN 2:56:27 (2017) (Full)
Emilee Palmer USA 2:57:00 (2017) (Full)

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