Elite Roster


Hear Elites talk at the new Athlete Panel on Saturday, 12pm noon, at the Expo!

Line-up subject to change. 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)
Maguie.MargaritaQuintero.BMOVancouverMarathon.RUNVAN®.ChristopherMorris

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 Runner-up (2018)
Li ZhiXuan (CHN)
The 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Event: Marathon

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

Career Highlights:

  • Top Chinese Female at the Shanghai Marathon (2018)
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)
George Towett (KEN)
GeorgeTowett-RUNVAN®-ChristopherMorris

Photo: Towett / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 1:02:55 (2005, Trith-Saint-Léger)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Champion (2018)
  • UWI-SPEC International Half Marathon Champion (2013)
Michael Trites (CAN)
Elites.MichaelTrites.VancouverMarathon-RUNVAN®-ChristopherMorris

Photo: Trites / Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Event: Half Marathon

Personal Best: 2:28:14 (Full) (2018, Shanghai)

Career Highlights:

  • BMO Vancouver Marathon Runner-up (2018)
  • SunRype Okanagan Half Marathon Champion (2018)
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)
Saeki-Makino

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: Half Marathon

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)
  • Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc Champion (2011)
Robert Brouillette (CAN)
RobertBrouillette.BMOVancouverMarathon.RUNVAN®.ChristopherMorris

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)
Simon Njoroge (KEN)
Simon-Njoroge

Photo: Njoroge / Michael Dorausch

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 2:09:46 (2007, Frankfurt)

Career Highlights:

  • Lima Marathon Champion (2014)
  • Rock’N’Roll San Diego Marathon Champion (2013)
  • Los Angeles Marathon Champion (2012)
  • Buenos Aires Marathon Champion (2011)
  • 2x Great Pacific Marathon Mazatlán Champion (2010, 2011)
  • Around the Bay 30K Champion (2007)
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)
Haron Kiptoo Sirma (KEN)
Haron-Kiptoo-Sirma

Photo: Sirma / TC10K

Event: Marathon

Personal Best: 1:35:11 (30K, 2017, Nairobi)

Career Highlights:

  • Around the Bay 30K Champion (2018)
  • Times Colonist 10K Champion (2018)

Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Yuki Kawauchi JPN 2:08:14 (2013)
Feyera Gemeda Dadi* ETH 2:09:42 (2016)
Simon Njoroge* KEN 2:09:46 (2007)
Jonathan Kipchirchir Chesoo* KEN 2:10:27 (2011)
Luka Chelimo* KEN 2:10:11 (2010)
Linus Kiptoo Muge* KEN 2:11:48 (2017)
Hosea Kiprotich Rutto KEN 2:12:17 (2017)
Disdery Hombo* TZA 2:12:25 (2003)
Elijah Cheruiyot Songok* KEN 2:12:42 (2018)
Agato Yashin Hassan* ETH 2:13:07 (2017)
Daniel Gitau* KEN 2:13:26 (2017)
Robin Watson CAN 2:13:29 (2013)
Sila Kipruto Sematei* KEN 2:15:00 (2017)
Saeki Makino JPN 2:15:22 (2015)
Li Chunhui CHN 2:16:08 (2016)
Jorge Hernandez MEX 2:18:30 (2016)
Daniel Kipkoech KEN 2:18:45 (2016)
George Mugo CAN 02:21:02 (2018)
Paul Wachira KEN 02:21:54 (2010)
José Guadalupe De Jesús Puga MEX 2:26:03 (2016)
Mohcine Zaytouni MAR 2:26:16 (2017)
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)
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)
Jordan Maynard CAN 2:36:40 (2015)
Facundo Chernikoff CAN 2:38:04 (2018)
Ian McKinley CAN 2:42:15 (2018)
James Greenham IRL 2:42:23 (2017)
Ken Ginnan CAN 2:43:20 (2016)
Tatsuya Hatachi JPN 2:43:56 (2015)
Inaki Gomez CAN 2:53:29 (2018)
Haron Kiptoo Sirma KEN 1:35:11 (2017) (30K)

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Letebrhan Gebreslasea* ETH 2:24:47 (2018)
Li ZhiXuan CHN 2:26:15 (2019)
Yuko Mizuguchi JPN 2:31:39 (2014)
Faith Chepkoech* KEN 2:32:25 (2017)
Autumn Ray USA 2:37:12 (2018)
Carolyne Kiptoo KEN 2:39:15 (2015)
Ziyang Liu CHN 2:42:40 (2017)
Catrin Jones CAN 2:42:50 (2015)
Tanaya Gallagher USA 2:44:53 (2018)
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)
Wanwen Qi USA 2:58:53 (2018)
Cheryl Pepin CAN 36:28 (2018) (10KM)
Pascale Berthiaume CAN 2:59:50 (2018)
DeeAnn Johnson USA 3:00:28 (2012)
Genevieve Cauffope CAN 3:01:52 (2018)
Suzy Slane CAN 3:02:30 (2018)
Ari Wing USA 3:06:23 (2018)
Renee Paradis USA 3:07:46 (2014)
Allison Tai CAN 3:09:00 (2011)

* – Visa pending.

Half Marathon

Male

Name
Country
Personal Best
Barnabas Kibichii KEN 1:01:53 (2018)
Dancan Kasia* KNA 1:02:15 (2010)
George Towett KEN 1:02:55 (2006)
Kip Kangogo CAN 1:03:22 (2013)
Thomas Somerville CAN 14:51 (2018) (5KM)
Tyler Smith CAN 1:47 (2016) (800M)
Robert Gititu* KEN 1:03:24 (2018)
Jeremiah Ziak CAN 1:05:22 (2005)
Chris Balestrini CAN 1:05:30 (2019)
Traai Hamza DZA 1:06:12 (2015)
Ben Carson CAN 1:07:11 (2019)
Brendan Wong CAN 1:10:22 (2019)
Adrian Christ CAN 1:12:30 (2018)
Jason Holroyd USA 1:12:40 (2018)
Brian Yorke CAN 1:13:45 (2017)
Mo Alkhawaldeh JOR 2:23:54 (2018) (Full)
Mike Trites CAN 2:28:14 (2018) (Full)
Anthony Skuce CAN 2:32:40 (2007) (Full)

Female

Name
Country
Personal Best
Dayna Pidhoresky CAN 1:11:45 (2011)
Esther Kipserem* KNA 1:12:00 (2010)
Robyn Mildren CAN 1:13:21 (2019)
Eleanor Greenwood CAN 1:17:47 (2014)
Melissa Paauwe CAN 1:17:49 (2019)
Deborah Buhlers CAN 1:19:00 (2005)
Lissa Zimmer USA 1:19:25 (2015)
Nicole Esplin USA 1:20:11 (2018)
Katherine Moore CAN 1:21:25 (2015)
Polly Moody CAN 1:22:29 (2018)
Melanie McQuaid CAN 1:23:00 (2017)
Sarah Horbol USA 2:42:58 (2018) (Full)
Katherine McNeill CAN 2:49:53 (2018) (Full)
Christine Bant CAN 2:58:12 (2018) (Full)
Allison Ezzat CAN 2:59:10 (2018) (Full)

* – Visa pending.

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