Elite Roster


The 2019 BMO Vancouver Marathon featured an Elite Athlete Panel at the Expo!

Speakers included Yuki Kawauchi, returning champ Robin Watson, course record holder Kim Doerksen, and elite Margarita Quintero from Mexico.

Take a look at Yuki Kawauchi’s big win at the Boston Marathon – the performance and commentary is next level!

For Elite Athlete photos, please click the images below. For additional photos and interview requests, please email: media@runvan.org


Elite Roster 2019

Featured Athletes

Yuki Kawauchi (JPN)
Yuki Kawauchi - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Kawauchi

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:08:14 (2013, Seoul)

Career Highlights:

  • Boston Marathon Champion (2018)
  • Most career sub-2:20 marathons: 81 times
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 Marathon Champion (2018)
  • BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion & Canadian Record Holder (2015)
  • Pan Am Games – Marathon, 8th (2015)
  • Canadian Marathon Championships Runner-up (2014)
Margarita Quintero (MEX)
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Photo: Quintero / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:50:25 (2018, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • Fitbit Miami Half Marathon Runner-up (2019)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Silver Medalist (2018)
ZhiXuan Li (CHN)
The 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Photo: Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:26:15 (2019, Nagoya)

Career Highlights:

  • Top Chinese Female at the Shanghai Marathon (2018)
Yuko Mizuguchi (JPN)
Yuko Mizuguchi

Photo: Mizuguchi

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:31:19 (2014, Nagoya)

Career Highlights:

  • Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon, Top 10 Finisher (2019)
  • Sapporo Hokkaido Marathon, 4th (2017)
Kim Doerksen (CAN)
KimDoerksen-RUNVAN®

Photo: Doerksen / Sombilon / RUNVAN®

Event: 8KM

Personal Best: 27:55 (2014)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2014)
  • Course Record holder BMO Vancouver Marathon 2:37:00 (2014)
Daniel Kipkoech (KEN)
DanielKipkoech-RUNVAN®

Photo: Kipkoech

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:18:45 (2016)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2016)
Luka Chelimo (KEN)
LukaChelimo-RUNVAN®

Photo: Chelimo

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:10:11 (2010)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2015)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Course Record Holder at 2:18:37 (2015)
Dayna Pidhoresky (CAN)
Dayna-Pidhoresky

Photo: Pidhoresky / Postmedia

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:11:45 (2011, Niagara Falls)

Career Highlights:

  • 4x Around the Bay 30K Champion (2018, 2017, 2015, 2011)
  • Canadian Half Marathon Championship Runner-up (2018)
  • Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2018)
  • Scotiabank Montreal Half Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 2x First Half Half Marathon Champion (2015, 2016)
  • Detroit Free Press Half Marathon Champion (2010)
Kip Kangogo (CAN)
Kip Kangogo - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Kangogo / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:03:22 (2013, 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)
Catrin Jones (CAN)
Catrin Jones - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Jones

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:42:52 (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)
Saeki Makino (JPN)
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Photo: Makino / Runner’s Tribe

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:15:22 (2015, Seoul)

Career Highlights:

  • Brisbane Marathon Champion (2018)
  • Standard Chartered Taipei Marathon Champion (2017)
  • Rotorua Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 3x Chitose JAL International Marathon Champion (2016,2015,2012)
Feyera Gemeda Dadi (ETH)
Feyera-Gemeda-Dadi

Photo: Dadi / IAAF

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:09:42 (2016, Dongying)

Career Highlights:

  • Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon Champion (2014)
  • Beijing Marathon Runner-up (2016)
Eleanor Greenwood (CAN)
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Photo: Greenwood / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: 8KM

Personal Best: 1:17:47 (2014, Gibsons)

Career Highlights:

  • Comrades Marathon Champion (2014)
  • 2x IAU 100KM World Championship Winner (2014, 2010)
  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2012)
  • 2x Western States 100 Champion (2011,2012)
Robert Brouillette (CAN)
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Photo: Brouillette / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:29:33 (2017, Mississauga)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Bronze Medalist (2018)
  • Toronto Global Energy 10K Champion (2018)
  • 4x ENDURrun Ultimate 160K (2015-2018)
Robyn Mildren (CAN)
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Photo: Mildren / Preston Emerson / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:13:21 (2019, Houston)

Career Highlights:

  • First Half Half Marathon Champion (2019)
  • West Van Run 10K Champion (2019)
  • Fall Classic 10K Champion (2017)

Paul Kimugul (KEN)
PaulKimugul-RUNVAN®

Photo: Kimugul / Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:00:15 (2005)

Career Highlights:

  • 3x BMO Half Marathon Champion
  • BMO Half Marathon Course Record holder 1:02:36 (2014)

Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Yuki Kawauchi JPN 2:08:14 (2013)
Feyera Gemeda Dadi ETH 2:09:42 (2016)
Luka Chelimo* KEN 2:10:11 (2010)
Robin Watson CAN (BC) 2:13:29 (2013)
Sila Kipruto Sematei KEN 2:15:00 (2017)
Saeki Makino JPN 2:15:22 (2015)
Daniel Kipkoech KEN 2:18:45 (2016)
José Guadalupe De Jesús Puga MEX 2:26:03 (2016)
Felipe Mendez* MEX 2:26:31 (2018)
Evan Williams USA 2:28:13 (2018)
Robert Brouillette CAN 2:29:33 (2017)
Mark Hamilton USA 2:30:31 (2018)
Facundo Chernikoff CAN 2:38:04 (2018)
Klarie McIntyre AUS 2:32:30 (2018)
Chandler Kemp CAN 2:32:40 (2018)
Rocky Wing* USA 2:32:54 (2011)
Craig McMillan* CAN 2:33:05 (2009)
Derek Vinge CAN 2:33:10 (2009)
Chris Napier* CAN 2:33:51 (2015)
Drew Nicholson CAN 2:36:19 (2012)
Ian McKinley CAN 2:42:15 (2018)
Ken Ginnan* CAN 2:43:20 (2016)
Tatsuya Hatachi* JPN 2:43:56 (2015)
Evan Dunfee CAN 3:10:32 (2017)

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
ZhiXuan Li CHN 2:26:15 (2019)
Yuko Mizuguchi JPN 2:31:39 (2014)
Autumn Ray USA 2:37:12 (2018)
Catrin Jones* CAN (BC) 2:42:50 (2015)
Rachel Humphreys GBR 2:46:19 (2010)
Trisha Steidl* USA 2:48:17 (2004)
Margarita Quintero MEX 2:50:25 (2018)
Rika Hatachi* JPN 2:56:06 (2015)
Cheryl Pepin CAN (BC) 36:28 (2018) (10KM)
Pascale Berthiaume* CAN 2:59:50 (2018)
DeeAnn Johnson* USA 3:00:28 (2012)
Suzy Slane* CAN (BC) 3:02:30 (2018)
Ari Wing USA 3:06:23 (2018)
Renee Paradis USA 3:07:46 (2014)

* – Master

Half Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Paul Kimugul KEN 1:00:15 (2005)
Kip Kangogo CAN 1:03:22 (2013)
Jeremiah Ziak* CAN (BC) 1:05:22 (2005)
Daniel Ortiz MEX 1:05:26 (2019)
Chris Balestrini CAN 1:05:30 (2019)
Matt Noseworthy CAN (BC) 1:09:28 (2019)
Brendan Wong CAN (BC) 1:10:22 (2019)
Adrian Christ CAN (BC) 1:12:30 (2018)
Jason Holroyd* USA 1:12:40 (2018)
Jonathan Chesoo KEN 2:10:27 (2011) (Full)
Caleb DeJong CAN 1:10:00
Carey Nelson* CAN (BC) 2:12:28 (1991) (Full)
Haron Sirma KEN 1:35:11 (2018) (30KM)
Thomas Somerville CAN (BC) 14:51 (2018) (5KM)
Trevor MacLean CAN 1:12:00 (2019)
Tyler Smith CAN (BC) 1:47 (2016) (800M)

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Dayna Pidhoresky CAN (BC) 1:11:45 (2011)
Robyn Mildren CAN (BC) 1:13:21 (2019)
Danielle Thiel CAN 1:18:28 (2018)
Deborah Buhlers* CAN 1:19:00 (2005)
Lissa Zimmer USA 1:19:25 (2015)
Nicole Esplin USA 1:20:11 (2018)
Katherine Moore* CAN (BC) 1:21:25 (2015)
Polly Moody CAN 1:22:29 (2018)
Gemma Slaughter CAN 1:22:23 (2017)
Genevieve Cauffope* CAN (BC) 1:26:21 (2017)
Liu Ziyang CHN 2:42:40 (2017) (Full)
Andrea Lee CAN (BC) 2:48:48 (2018) (Full)
Katherine McNeill CAN (BC) 2:49:53 (2018) (Full)
Christine Bant CAN (BC) 2:58:12 (2018) (Full)
Allison Ezzat CAN (BC) 2:59:10 (2018) (Full)

* – Master

Line-up subject to change.

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