While pro marathoner Thomas Omwenga of Kenya picked up his third BMO Vancouver Marathon title on Sunday, the real story was the performance of Squamish runner Jason Loutitt.
He placed second overall in the race with a chip time of two hours, 25 minutes and 46 seconds, averaging a kilometre every 3:28. While that was almost nine minutes back of Omwenga, it was also two and a half minutes faster than Vancouver's Graeme Wilson.
Naturally Louttit also won his age category, placing first out of 281 athletes in the 35 to 39 age class.
Aaron Heidt of Vernon, who previously lived in Squamish and still holds the record for both Comfortably Numb and Rubble Creek Classic - and earned the Knee Knacker title last summer - placed fifth in 2:29:48.
The top Whistler athlete was Ashley McMillan, who placed 30 th overall and seventh in the 35 to 39 category with a chip time of 2:52:34.
Kevin Mair was 71 st overall and 16 th out of 225 runners in Male 25 to 29 with a time of 3:03:50.
Cathy Owen placed 109 th in Female 35 to 39 in 4:18:01.
Emma Beck was 150 th in Female 30 to 34 in 4:42:26.
From Squamish, Sean McCreanor was 363 rd overall and 58 th in male 35 to 39 in 3:28:11.
Donna Scott was 23 rd in Female 35 to 39 in 3:37:18.
Alison Abell was 42 nd in Female 35 to 39 in 3:48:33.
Marc Johnson was 119 th in Male 25 to 29 in 3:53:38.
Jennifer Schorz was 53 rd in Female 30 to 34 in 3:55:11.
Terry Gillespie was 136 th in Male 25 to 29 in 4:07:09.
Tammy Van Hierden was 64 th in Female 45 to 49 in 4:15:24.
Daniel Stiner was 112 th in Male 55 to 59 in 4:56:52.
From Pemberton, Gary Martin was 95 th in Male 35 to 39 in 3:40:11.
Kamila Basher was 144 th in Female 35 to 39 in 4:27:40.
Almost 3,300 runners took part in the full 42.2 km Vancouver Marathon, and twice as many - just short of 6,600 - in the accompanying half marathon.
The top Whistler athlete in the 21.1 km race was Ondrea Ross, who placed 199 th overall, 29 th among women and second in the Female 35 to 39 age group with a chip time of 1:34:43.
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