TORONTO – Some 25,000 runners from 60 countries hit the pavement Sunday for the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
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The 5K race began at the Exhibition Place at 8 a.m. The marathon and half-marathon began at 8:45 a.m. on University Avenue, north of Queen Street West.
The finish line for all three races was at Queen and Bay streets, at the southeast corner of Nathan Phillips Square.
Roadways reopened to traffic around 7 p.m.
Runners topple records
Two women broke a 28-year-old record Sunday.
Lanni Marchant finished the marathon in 2:28:00 and Krista DuChene clocked a time of 2:28:32.
Both times beat Sylvia Ruegger’s previous record of 2:28:36. The women were greeted at the finish line by the previous record-holder.
Deressa Chimsa from Ethiopia clocked the fastest marathon time on Canadian soil with a time of 2:07:05.
Flomena Cheyech became the new women’s champion with a time of 2:25:13.
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Race to rake in $30M for economy
The race raised $3.2-million for 180 charities, while giving the Greater Toronto Area economy a $30-million boost.
There were several road closures — with the marathon stretching from the west end of the city, into the downtown core and the Beach — but race director Alan Brookes had the following message for drivers.
“I know there are many events in the city, but this is the signature marathon like the Boston Marathon or the New York Marathon, and we certainly appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation,” he said.
On Thursday, Mayor Rob Ford was in attendance to help light the flame for the marathon. The torch symbolizes determination and fair play in sport.
Rick Rayman successfully finishes 300th marathon
Rick Rayman has the longest running streak record in the country.
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was his 300th.
“It’s just part of my life like anything else, it’s like getting dressed, taking a shower,” he told 680News Saturday.
“I don’t even think about it. I just go out and run,” he said.
Ed Whitlock still running at 82
To those who run, he is a running rock star. And even if you don’t run, his numbers are impressive.
Eighty-two-year-old Ed Whitlock is the only man over 70 to run a sub-three hour marathon.
He set a world record in the 80-year-old category at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon two years old ago, finishing in three hours and 15 minutes.
What keeps him going?
“The main emphasis for me is to set a record so hopefully, I’m going to be around when I’m 85 too and I’ll be able to set the 85-year-old record,” he told 680News Saturday.
When asked how he feels at the finish line, Whitlock laughs and says “relief.”
“Sometimes a degree of elation,” he adds.
Whitlock completed the race Sunday with a time of 3:41:58.