Elite Roster


Elite Athlete Virtual Panel

The Elite Athlete Speaker Series is back this year with a Virtual Edition! You’ll hear from past champions Rob Watson, Natasha Wodak, plus defending First Half champs Caleb DeJong and Andrea Lee.


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Elite Roster 2020

Featured Athletes

Yuki Kawauchi (JPN)
Yuki Kawauchi - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Kawauchi / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

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

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion & Course Record Holder (2019)
  • Boston Marathon Champion (2018)
  • Most career sub-2:11 marathons: 21 times
  • Most career sub-2:20 marathons: 94 times

To hug Yuko at the finish gate after my victory, I was very happy at that time. In 2020, I look forward to chasing rivals for breaking the course record.” – Kawauchi

Yuko Mizuguchi (JPN)
Yuko Mizuguchi

Photo: Mizuguchi / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:31:39 (2014, Nagoya)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2019)
  • Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon, Top 10 Finisher (2019)
  • Sapporo Hokkaido Marathon, 4th (2017)

Dayna Pidhoresky (CAN)
Dayna-Pidhoresky

Photo: Pidhoresky / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:11:46 (2011, Niagara Falls)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2019)
  • Canadian Marathon Champion (2019)
  • 4x Around the Bay 30K Champion (2018, 2017, 2015, 2011)

I feel very lucky to currently live and train in Vancouver. Having access to so many well organized local races really makes planning my season easy.” – Pidhoresky

Haron Kiptoo Sirma (KEN)
Haron Kiptoo Sirma

Photo: Sirma / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:03:47 (2019, Vancouver)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2019)
  • 2x Times Colonist 10K Champion (2019, 2018)
  • Around the Bay 30K Champion (2018)

After [last year], I realized I can run better than that, so I will be aiming to run the course record” – Sirma

Hirut Guangul (ETH)
Hirut Guangul

Photo: Guangul / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:34:02 (2012, St. Paul)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion (2016)
  • Edmonton Half Marathon Runner-up (2019)
  • 2x Buffalo Marathon Champion (2016)

I’m preparing myself to win the 2020 Vancouver Marathon race in front of my kids. I want to teach/motivate them real life situation – to prepare sufficiently in whatever field they choose, work hard and achieve their goal/target.” – Guangul

Kip Kangogo (CAN)
Kip Kangogo - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Photo: Kangogo / Richard Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:15:26 (2015, Toronto)

Career Highlights:

  • 3x BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 6x Scotiabank Half Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 4x Calgary Half Marathon Champion (2017)

What keeps me coming back to Vancouver marathon is that; it is a world-class event and the organization is a top notch and I want to be part of the excitement. Nothing beats visualizing myself running through the beautiful Vancouver’s seawall and making a loop around Stanley park while conquering a scenic event. It is the best feeling ever. I will be coming back for more running in the Vancouver marathon.” – Kangogo

Saeki Makino (JPN)
Saeki-Makino

Photo: Makino / Luka Kojima / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:14:36 (2019, Seoul)

Career Highlights:

  • 2x BMO Vancouver Marathon Top 5 Finisher (2019)
  • Brisbane Marathon Champion (2018)
  • Standard Chartered Taipei Marathon Champion (2017)
  • Rotorua Marathon Champion (2017)
  • 3x Chitose JAL International Marathon Champion (2016)
Paul Kimugul (KEN)
PaulKimugul-RUNVAN®

Photo: Kimugul / Lam / RUNVAN®

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:10:56 (2010)

Career Highlights:

  • 3x BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2016)
  • BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Course Record Holder (2014)


Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Expected Finish
Percy Moyo ZWE 2:12:32 (2019) 2:12:00
Philip Kiptoo KEN 2:13:16 (2017) 2:14:00
Yuki Kawauchi JPN 2:08:14 (2013) 2:14:30
Felix Kangogo KEN 2:12:55 (2014) 2:15:00
Saeki Makino JPN 2:14:36 (2019) 2:15:00
Jonathan Chesoo KEN 2:10:27 (2010) 2:15:40
Paul Kimugul KEN 2:10:56 (2010) 2:18:00
Kip Kangogo CAN 2:15:26 (2015) 2:18:00
José Guadalupe De Jesús Puga MEX 2:26:03 (2016) 2:18:04
Myles Gough CAN 2:26:47 (2019) 2:23:00
Cody Campbell USA 2:28:55 (2020) 2:24:36
Craig McMillan CAN 2:26:15 (2019) 2:28:00
Alex Gladley GBR 2:32:28 (2019) 2:28:00
Matthew Farquharson CAN 1:10:50 (2019) (21.1KM) 2:28:00
Tom McGrath CAN 2:26:51 (2016) 2:29:59
Gabriel Bouchot MEX 2:37:24 (2019) 2:29:59
Geoff Hopfner CAN 2:37:50 (2011) 2:30:00
Kit Edwards GBR 2:34:10 (2019) 2:32:15
James Greenham IRL 2:37:23 (2018) 2:35:00
Facundo Chernikoff CAN 2:38:04 (2018) 2:35:00
James Newby CAN 2:39:08 (2019) 2:35:00
Dominic Royer CAN 2:39:50 (2019) 2:35:00
Malcolm Hodge NZL 1:09:53 (2020) (21.1KM) 2:35:00
Samson Haire CAN 2:43:52 (2019) 2:38:00
Brendan Lunty CAN 2:30:28 (2013) 2:40:00
Tatsuya Hatachi CAN 2:43:56 (2015) 2:43:00
Glenn Kasin CAN 2:51:02 (2019) 2:43:00
Reinier Paauwe CAN 2:39:41 (2019) 2:44:00
Philip Finlayson CAN 2:51:00 (2017) 2:44:59

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Expected Finish
Vicoty Chepkemoi KEN 2:38:24 (2018) 2:28:00
Beker Tizita Mohamed ETH 2:29:46 (2019) 2:29:00
Sally Jepkemboi Korir KEN 2:33:08 (2017) 2:33:00
Emily Samoei KEN 2:31:17 (2017) 2:35:00
Hirut Guangul ETH 2:34:02 (2012) 2:36:00
Yuko Kawauchi JPN 2:31:39 (2014) 2:36:59
Leanne Klassen CAN 2:44:07 (2019) 2:39:00
Argentina Valdepenas Cerna MEX 2:43:15 (2019) 2:39:40
Isabelle Guadalope Oropeza Vazquez MEX 2:40:30 (2019) 2:40:00
Elena Tolstykh RUS 2:42:56 (2019) 2:40:00
Melissa Paauwe CAN 2:46:33 (2019) 2:44:00
Gwendolen Twist USA 2:50:52 (2019) 2:44:59
Bonnie Keating USA 2:40:15 (2016) 2:45:00
Lissa Zimmer CAN 2:42:00 (2016) 2:45:00
Sabrina Wilkie CAN 2:45:54 (2016) 2:45:00
Etaferahu Dubale Bertie ETH 2:47:58 (2020) 2:45:00
Natalie Como USA 2:47:00 (2015) 2:48:00
Briana Hungerford CAN 3:15:00 (2019) 2:50:00
Wanwen Qi USA 2:58:47 (2018) 2:55:00
Savanna Boutin CAN 2:59:04 (2019) 2:58:00
Allison Ezzat CAN 2:59:09 (2018) 2:58:00
Nicola Gildersleeve CAN 3:00:00 (2015) 2:59:00
Suzy Slane CAN 3:02:30 (2018) 3:02:00
Margreet Dietz NLD 3:00:29 (2012) 3:03:30
Lisa Heidt CAN 3:03:50 (2016) 3:05:00
Moeko Sanada CAN 3:08:23 (2017) 3:08:00

* – Master

Half Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Expected Finish
George Towett KEN 1:02:55 (2006) 1:02:30
Disdery Hombo TZA 1:02:10 (2019) 1:02:40
Haron Kiptoo Sirma KEN 1:03:47 (2019) 1:02:40
Rodrigo Villegas MEX 2:19:00 (2019) (42.2KM) 1:03:30
Caleb de Jong CAN 1:04:18 (2020) 1:04:19
Israel Oropeza Vazquez MEX 1:06:40 (2020) 1:03:30
Chris Balestrini CAN 1:05:30 (2019) 1:05:00
Moath Alkhawaldeh JOR 1:08:17 (2019) 1:05:26
Klarie Mcintyre AUS 1:06:00 (2019) 1:06:00
Fernando Horacio Elizondo Vela MEX 1:10:20 (2018) 1:06:00
Kieran McDonald CAN 0:30:08 (2019) 1:06:30
Matthew Hope CAN 0:31:38 (2019) 1:06:50
Brendan Wong CAN 1:07:59 (2019) 1:07:00
Karl Augsten CAN 1:09:15 (2019) 1:08:00
Brendan Gribbons CAN 1:10:11 (2019) 1:09:00
Rob Brouillette CAN 1:10:11 (2017) 1:09:00
Juan Hernández MEX 1:11:37 (2019) 1:09:00
Riley Stuermer CAN 0:31:33 (2019) (10KM) 1:09:00
Cassian Murray-White CAN 0:33:41 (10KM) 1:09:45
Trevor MacLean CAN 1:12:40 (2019) 1:10:00
Zach Matyas CAN 0:32:30 (2019) (10KM) 1:10:00
Adam Buzinsky CAN 1:15:22 (2019) 1:11:30
David Morrissey CAN 1:13:12 (2020) 1:12:00
Patrick Sperling CAN 0:33:07 (2019) (10KM) 1:12:00
Drew Nicholson CAN 1:11:28 (2011) 1:13:00
Stephen Havas CAN 1:15:46 (2018) 1:14:00

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Expected Finish
Dayna Pidhoresky CAN 1:11:45 (2011) 1:12:00
Lydia Jerotich Yego KEN 1:08:09 (2019) 1:13:10
Danielle Thiel CAN 1:15:19 (2019) 1:13:30
Kate Bazeley CAN 1:14:54 (2018) 1:13:50
Heather Laptalo USA 2:45:59 (2019) 1:17:57
Catherine Watkins CAN 1:16:48 (2014) 1:18:00
Rachel Humphreys GBR 1:17:43 (2010) 1:18:00
Nicole Esplin USA 1:19:36 (2019) 1:18:00
Lynsey Romano CAN 1:20:21 (2019) 1:18:00
Lauren Ross USA 1:22:58 (2018) 1:18:00
Gillian Mccabe CAN 1:21:46 (2019) 1:18:30
Polly Moody CAN 1:20:57 (2019) 1:19:00
Morgan Lawley CAN 0:34:57 (10KM) (2018) 1:19:30
Jenna Staacke USA 1:15:11 (2014) 1:20:00
Katherine Moore CAN 1:21:23 (2015) 1:20:00
Cheryl Pepin CAN 1:21:03 (2018) 1:20:30
Christine Bant CAN 1:23:49 (2019) 1:22:00
Ellie Greenwood CAN 1:17:42 (2014) 1:24:00
Geneviève Cauffopé CAN 1:26:21 (2017) 1:24:00

* – Master

Line-up subject to change.

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