Whistler's Ashley McMillan may be better known for running long distance races these days, but he can still go pretty fast when he needs to.
At the 29th annual Vancouver Sun Run on Sunday, April 21, McMillan was one of 48,000 runners lined up on Georgia Street in Vancouver, placing 74th overall and 67th among men with a time of 34 minutes and 37 seconds. He averaged a kilometre every three minutes and 28 seconds, and placed 14th in the men's 35 to 39 age category.
Fero Pilliar was also fast, placing 259th among men and 42nd out of 2,064 racers in male 35 to 39 in a time of 39:03.
Daniel Havens placed the highest of any Whistler athlete in his category, finishing 270th among men and seventh out of 1,018 runners in the men's 55 to 59 category in 39:11.
The top Whistler female was Laura Bestow, who was 58th among women and 12th out of 4,329 runners in the women's 25 to 29 age group in 398:41.
Kyle Moen was 68th in men's 30 to 34 in 39:43, Amos Odhiambo was 115th in men's 25 to 29 in 4:35, Daryl West was 115th in men's 35 to 39 in 42:59 and Amy Smith was 10th in women's 45 to 49 in 43:36. Walter Wallgram also broke the 45 minute mark in 44:19, finishing 32nd in male 55 to 59.
All told, 103 athletes from Whistler took part this year, with over half of the runners breaking one hour on the 10km route, or finishing in the top 20 per cent of their category.
Other sub-50 minute finishers include: Craig Gronow (45:10), Brodie Smith (45:17), Chloe Thomas (46:10), William Goldstein (46:12), Tom Broadhead (46:31), Nancy MacConnachie (46:47, 18th out of 2,147 in women's 45 to 49), Cary McMillan (46:51, 62nd out of 3,294 in women's 30 to 34), James Golby (47:39), Heather Lean (48:11), Karine Breton (48:12), Mark Lamming (49:13), John Crehan (49:13), Paula Lamming (49:13, 30th out of 1,851 in women's 50 to 54), Iwan Beynon (49:16) and Jack Lamming (49:20).
Finishing between 50 minutes and one hour were David Sonntag, Liz Caruso, Lucy Dutton, Robyn Akehurst, Kelly Vincent, Tina MacDonald, Doug Hare, David Thornhill, Rick Valleau, Luke Day, Alain Robitaille, Donnie Carmichael, Jacob Lepine, David Lepine, William Huckvale, Nancy Beaudette, Jodoin Melanie, Anisa Mori, Cassidy Deane, Patrick Wilson, Chantal Deane, Barry McClure, Nicole Leddy, Tara Harrison, Shabir Vagh, Hannah Garcia, Alex Hoelk, Alexandra Powell, Niamh Dillon, Lindsey Dawkins, John Patrick McCurdy, Kayla Jones, Dori Faulkner, Amanda Brown and Laruen Mooney.
The top finisher from Squamish this year was Jason Ross, who placed 58th in the men's 35 to 39 group in 40:29. The top female was Celia Ambery, who was 18th out of 3,294 women in the 30 to 34 category in 41:09.
From Pemberton, Emma Chadsey placed second overall out of 1,319 athletes in the women's 16 to 18 age group with a time of 40:41. For the men, Thomas Oja placed 1,879 in men's 25 to 29 in 1:03:32.
Paul Kimugul of Kenya was the top racer, finishing the race in 29:04 while averaging a kilometre every two minutes and 55 seconds. Ian Burrell of Arizona was second in 19:17, followed by Edwin Kaitany, another Kenyan runner, in 29:36.
The top Canadian male was Cliff Childs of Kelowna, who was sixth overall in 30:09. On the women's side, Natasha Fraser of Port Moody made it two in a row by winning the race in 32:42. Lindsey Scherf of North Carolina was second in 33:01, while Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Toronto placed third in 33:25.
Complete results are online at www.raceheadquarters.com.
Competitors used the event to honour the dead and wounded from the Boston Marathon bombings the previous week, with athletes wearing black and blue hair ribbons, Boston Red Sox hats and jerseys, and even Boston Bruins jerseys — a controversial choice after Vancouver's Stanley Cup loss to Boston in 2011.
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