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Stacked Field for the 2017 BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half Marathon

Favourites set their sights on the BMO Vancouver Marathon and BC Half Marathon Championships, May 7

With new Canadian Olympians in the field, and the return of last year’s champions, this year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half Marathon event is shaping up to be its most exciting yet.

Vancouver’s only Marathon

Daniel Kipkoech / Photo: Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®In Vancouver’s only Marathon event, last year’s champ Daniel Kipkoech (pictured right) of Kenya returns. Local running celebrity Robin Watson, who owns the event’s Canadian record on the Half Marathon course with a time of 1:04:48, will also move up to challenge in the full distance this year despite a late training injury.

On the women’s side, watch for Lioudmilla Kortachaguina from Canada who won in 2015 with a time just 37 seconds shy of the course record, plus Gladys Tarus of Kenya who says she’d like to set the course record. Allison Macsas from the United States who finished second in the Marathon last year will also challenge. Mascas first came to this destination race in 2011 in pursuit of a US Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time.

“I’ve returned to this race almost every year since and have run faster than the previous year each and every time,” adds Macsas.

Canadian Olympian Evan Dunfee will be race walking this year’s Marathon course and aiming for a time around 3:10-3:15.

“To be able to get out and be surrounded by such motivated runners, I am super excited,” shares Dunfee.

2017 also brings an exciting milestone for the 46th edition of the Marathon, as this year will see the 100,000th Marathoner cross the Finish Line.

Marathon course records are held by Luka Chelimo of Kenya (2:18:37, 2015) and Vancouver’s own Kimberly Doerksen (2:37:00, 2014).


BC Half Marathon Championships

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In addition to hosting Vancouver’s only Marathon, event organizers – the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society – will also host the BC Half Marathon Championships in conjunction with BC Athletics.

Half Marathon course record holders, Paul Kimugul and Jane Murage (pictured left) of Kenya will return to defend their crowns and look to better their record times of 1:02:36 (2014) and 1:12:53 (2015), respectively. Kimugul could make this his fourth win in five years, while Murage is going for a three-peat and her third consecutive win.

Another multi-winner, watch for Canada’s Kip Kangogo who took home the Half Marathon title in both 2010 and 2012. Kip missed last year’s race only because his wife Florida and daughter Emma welcomed a new addition to their family, Roy Bii Kangago, who was born on the exact same day as last year’s race!

“When the gun goes off and the race starts, I’m running for a podium finish in the 2017 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon,” says Kangogo.

Canadian Olympian Marathoner Dylan Wykes will also be a force in this year’s BMO Vancouver Half Marathon. Wykes represented Canada at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and now calls Vancouver home with his new venture Mile2Marathon Coaching and is the clear favourite at the BC Half Marathon Championships.

Watch also for Saucony sponsored athlete Canadian Emily Setlack on the women’s side who has a PB of 1:15:44 and could be motivated by the hometown crowds on race day. BC Half Marathon Championship challengers will come from Robyn Mildren and Kate Gustafson.

New additions of Canadians Natasha Wodak and Lisa Brooking add to the list of championship contenders. Canadian Olympian and locally born Natasha Wodak returns to the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon after winning in 2012 (1:15:12) and 2013 (1:15:17). And Brooking is last year’s BC Half Marathon Champion.

The first Half Marathon finishers are expected to cross the downtown Finish Line early, just after 8am. Come enjoy the action and Street Festival that will feature lots of fun, free sampling and giveaways.

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Leading up to race weekend, several of these top athletes will also be are sharing their journeys on social media so be sure to follow BMO Vancouver Marathon channels @bmovanmarathon #bmovm #runvan

Evan Dunfee | Catrin Jones | Rika Hatachi | Andrew Connick | Kip Kangogo | Allison Macsas

 

Invited Athletes

Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Jonathan Kipchirchir Chesoo Kenya 02:10:27 (2010)
James Mwangi Kariuki Kenya 02:10:38
Carey Nelson Canada 02:12:28 (1991)
Robin Watson Canada 02:13:29 (2013)
Reuben Kimutai Kosgei Kenya 02:15:31 (2014)
George Towett Kenya 02:17:16 (2015)
Daniel Kipkoech Kenya 02:18:45 (2015)
Oliver Utting Canada 02:21:03 (2000)
Adam Iddris Ghana 02:22:33 (2004)
Evans Maiko Kenya 02:25:18 (2014)
Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh Jordan 02:27:32 (2016)
Bryan Andrews Canada 02:29:00 (2016)
Edward McCarthy Canada 02:29:29 (2016)
Marty Robertson Canada 02:33:18 (1997)
Michael Trites Canada 02:39:16 (2016)
Darren Holland USA 02:44:14 (2016)
Benjamin Scherrer USA 02:45:05 (2014)
Carter Hawke Canada 01:25:10 (Half) (2015)
Elliot Holtham Canada 08:32:00 (Ironman) (2014)
Evan Dunfee Canada 03:06:00 (Walk) (2016)
Marc Mundell South Africa 03:54:12 (Walk) (2015)
Devon Liversidge Canada
Craig McMillan Canada

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Lioudmila Kortchaguina Canada 02:29:42 (2006)
Allison Macsas USA 02:39:59 (2014)
Catherine Wamucii Njagi Kenya 02:40:02 (2015)
Neasa Coll Canada 02:41:04 (2016)
Gladys Jepkechai Tarus Kenya 02:44:07 (2017)
Ailsa MacDonald Canada 02:44:45 (2016)
Sophia (Ziyang) Liu USA 02:50:09 (2016)
Lauren Breihof USA 02:52:43 (2015)
Rika Hatachi Canada 02:56:06 (2015)
Andrea Lee Canada 02:56:52 (2016)
Holly Nearman USA 01:18:53 (Half) (2015)
Care Nelson Canada
Devon McGuire Canada

Half Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Solomon Rotich Kenya 01:02:10 (2013)
Dylan Wykes Canada 01:02:14 (2013)
Paul Kimugul Kenya 01:02:35 (2014)
Kip Kangogo Canada 01:03:22 (2013)
Benard Cheruiyot Kenya 01:04:42 (2016)
Jeremiah Ziak Canada 01:05:22 (2005)
Andrew Connick Ireland 01:06:38 (2012)
Nicholas Browne New Zealand 01:09:35 (2014)
Mark Bennett Canada 01:13:32
Chris Barth Canada 01:14:09 (2014)
Bryan Portman Canada 01:15:00 (2009)
Anthony Tomsich USA 02:26:10 (42.2KM) (2016)
Thaddeus Garlatz USA 02:28:52 (42.2KM) (2014)
Ian Searle Canada 00:15:35 (5KM) (2014)
Matt Setlack Canada
Willy Kimosop Kenya

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Jane Murage Kenya 01:11:18 (2013)
Natasha Wodak Canada 01:11:20 (2015)
Emily Setlack Canada 01:15:44 (2016)
Lisa Brooking Canada 01:16:04 (2016)
Hilary Stellingwerff Canada 01:16:11 (2013)
Catrin Jones Canada 01:17:30 (2015)
Robyn Mildren Canada 01:18:55 (2016)
Kate Gustafson Canada 01:19:08 (2015)
Lissa Zimmer USA 01:19:25 (2015)
Allison Blackmore Canada 01:22:58 (2017)
Melanie Kassel Canada 01:23:49 (2016)
Kristin Smart Canada 02:49:00 (42.2KM) (2014)
Meggan Franks Canada
Lauren Babineau Canada

 

Marathon

Featured Athletes

Robin Watson (CAN)

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Robin Watson / Photo: Sombilon / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 2:13:29

Event: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2013

Career Highlights:

  • Pan Am Games Toronto 2015 – Men’s Marathon, Team Canada (2:23:43)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2015 – Half Marathon, Champion & Canadian Record Holder (1:04:48)
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2015 (2:17:45)
  • Canadian Marathon Championships 2014 Runner-up (2:16:38)

Daniel Kipkoech (KEN)

BMO Marathon 2016

Daniel Kipkoech / Photo: Ivan Calderon / RUNVAN®

 

Personal Best: 2:18:49

Event: BMO Vancouver Marathon 2015

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2016 Champion (2:21:04)
  • Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2016, 3-time consecutive Champion (2:20:33)

Habteselassa Gemechu (ETH)

BMO Marathon 2016

Habteselassa Gemechu / Photo: Ivan Calderon / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 2:10:15

Event: French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes 2010

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2016 Runner-up (2:23:29)
  • Maraton de Sevilla 2014, 6th overall (2:12:36)

Jonathan Kipchirchir Chesoo (KEN)

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Photo: RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 2:10:27

Event: Dublin Marathon 2010

Career Highlights:

  • Yangling International Marathon 2016 Runner-up
  • Maraton de Buenos Aires 2015 Champion (2:12:24)
  • Danzhou International Marathon 2015 Runner-up (2:12:33)
  • Medibank Melbourne Marathon 2012 Champion (2:12:35)

Evan Dunfee (CAN)

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Evan Dunfee / Photo: Courtesy of Evan Dunfee

Personal Best: 3:06:00 (Walk)

Event: Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games 50KM Walk

Career Highlights:

  • Canadian Record Holder in 50KM Road Walk (3:41:38, 2016)
  • Fall Classic Half Marathon 2016 Champion (1:10:44)
  • Toronto 2015 Pan American Games – 20KM Walk (Team) Champion
  • Canadian Record Holder in 20KM Road Walk (1:20:13) (2014)

Lioudmilla Kortchaguina (CAN)

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Lioudmilla Kortchaguina / Photo: RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 2:29:42

Event: Ottawa Marathon 2006

Career Highlights:

  • Around the Bay 30K Road Race, Women’s Champion (1:55:33)
  • Edmonton Half Marathon, Women’s Runner-up (1:19:17)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2015, Women’s Champion (2:37:37)

 

Catherine Wamucii Njagi (KEN)

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Photo: Chris Morris / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 2:40:02

Event: Mombasa International Marathon 2015

Neasa Coll (CAN)

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Neasa Coll / Photo: Kevin Mackinnon / Around the Bay 30K

Personal Best: 2:41:04

Event: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2016

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2016 – Half Marathon, Women’s 5th overall (1:19:15)
  • Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon 2016, Women’s 10th overall (2:46:16)

Allison Macsas (USA)

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Allison Macsas / Photo: Chris Morris / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 2:39:58

Event: Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 2014

Career Highlights:

  • Austin Marathon 2017 Champion (2:48:17)
  • 2-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials participant
  • US Olympic Marathon Trials 2016, Women’s 22nd overall
  • Half Marathon Personal Best – 1:13:02
 

Half Marathon

Featured Athletes

Paul Kimugul (KEN)

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Paul Kimugul / Photo: Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 1:02:35

Event: BMO Vancouver Marathon 2014 – Half Marathon (Record Holder)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2016 – Half Marathon, 3-time Champion
  • Around the Bay Road Race 2016 – 30KM, 3-time Champion

Kip Kangogo (CAN)

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Kip Kangogo / Photo: Sombilon / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 1:03:22

Event: Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

Career Highlights:

  • Pan Am Games Toronto 2015 – Men’s Marathon, 9th overall (2:24:02)
  • Edmonton Marathon 2015 – Half Marathon, 3rd overall (1:05:02)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2012 – Half Marathon, 2-time Champion (1:04:48)

Dylan Wykes (CAN)

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Dylan Wykes (on left) / Photo: Canadian Running Magazine

Personal Best: 1:02:14

Event: New York City Half Marathon 2011

Career Highlights:

  • Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon Champion 2014 (1:03:52)
  • London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Marathon (2:15:26)

Jane Murage (KEN)

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Jane Murage / Photo: Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 1:11:18

Event: Philadelphia Marathon 2013 – Half Marathon

Career Highlights:

  • Marathon Oasis Rock ’n’ Roll de Montréal  – Half Marathon, Champion (1:18:10)
  • Marathon SSQ Lévis-Québec 2016 – Half Marathon, Champion (1:20:47)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2016 – Half Marathon, 2-time Champion (1:14:41)
  • Times Colonist 10k Run 2016, 4-time Champion (00:33:45)
  • Edmonton Marathon 2016 – Half Marathon, Champion (1:18:10)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2015 – Half Marathon, Champion & Course Record Holder (1:12:53)

Natasha Wodak (CAN)

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Natasha Wodak / Photo: David McColm / Canadian Running Magazine

Personal Best: 1:11:20

Event: New York City Half Marathon 2015

Career Highlights:

  • Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games – 10,000m
  • Canadian 10,000m record holder, 2015 (0:31:41)
  • Vancouver Sun Run 2015 – 10KM, Runner-up (0:32:34)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon 2013 – Half Marathon, 2-time Champion (1:15:12 & 1:15:17)
  • Vancouver Sun Run 2013 – 10KM, 2-time Champion (0:32:42 & 0:34:13)

Lisa Brooking (CAN)

BMO Marathon 2016

Lisa Brooking / Photo: Ivan Calderon / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 1:16:04

Event: BMO Vancouver Marathon 2016 –Half Marathon

Career Highlights:

  • Team Canada, World XC Championships 2017
  • Team Canada, Pan Am XC Championships 2016
  • Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2013 – Half Marathon (01:16:11)

Gladys Tarus (KEN)

BMO Marathon 2016

Photo: Ivan Calderon / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 01:11:33

Event: Jaipur Marathon 2013 – Half Marathon

Career Highlights:

  • Yangzhou Marathon 2014 – Half Marathon, 10th (1:11:45)
  • Pune International Marathon 2012 – Half Marathon, 4th overall (1:11:36)
  • Andaman 2014 Champion

 

Hilary Stellingwerff (CAN)

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Hilary Stellingwerff / Photo: Toronto Sun

Personal Best: 1:16:11

Event: Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2013 – Half Marathon

Career Highlights:

  • 2-time Olympian, Women’s 1500m (2012 & 2016)
  • Goodlife Victoria Marathon 2013 – Half Marathon, Champion

Emily Setlack (CAN)

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Emily Setlack (on left) / Photo: Twitter / Running Room

Personal Best: 1:15:44

Event: Canadian Half Marathon Championships 2016

Career Highlights:

  • Times Colonist 10km Run 2016, Runner-up (33:47)
  • NACAC 10km Championships 2016, Champion (36:32)
  • Centaur Subaru Half Marathon, Champion (1:15:45)
  • Vancouver Sun Run 2016, 4th (34:02)

Catrin Jones (CAN)

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Catrin Jones (to left) / Photo: Chris Morris / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 1:17:30

Event: Pacific Road Runners “First Half” Half Marathon 2015

Career Highlights:

  • Austria Half Marathon 2015 (1:19:20)
  • IAU 50KM World Championships 2015, 3rd & Canadian Record Holder (3:28:19)
  • Whistler 50 Ultra – 50 mile, Champion & Course Record Holder (6:24:50)
  • Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2015, 3rd (2:44:29)
  • Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon 2013, 2-time Champion (2:43:03)

Robyn Mildren (CAN)

BMO Marathon 2016

Photo: Ivan Calderon / RUNVAN®

Personal Best: 1:18:55

Event: Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon 2016

Career Highlights:

  • West Vancouver 10K 2017 (0:35:35)
  • Vancouver Sun Run 2016 (0:36:50)

Kate Gustafson (CAN)

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Kate Gustafson / Photo: Gusto Running

Personal Best: 1:19:08

Event: BMO Vancouver Half Marathon 2015

Career Highlights:

  • UBC Fall Classic, 5KM Champion (0:18:07)
  • SeaWheeze Half Marathon 2016, Champion (1:21:50)

 

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