TORONTO, Ont. – For the second year in a row, Dundas Ontario’s Brendan Kenny has claimed victory at the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon.
The 25-year-old finished the race in an impressive two hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds. Jutta Merilanien, of Batawa, Ontario, won among women with a time of two hours, 47 minutes and 17 seconds.
“It’s always tough those last couple miles, but overall I felt good the whole time,” Kenny said.
Nearly 15,000 runners and walkers participated in the run, which attracted athletes from all over the world.
“This is my twelfth or thirteenth year straight in Toronto, I come from Montreal, that’s how dedicated I am to this city and race,” said one man.
For some it is a personal challenge, and for others the reason is more extrinsic.
“I really wanted to do something successful this year for awareness for health, and motivate people around me, especially family and co-workers,” said one woman.
The three main events were the full marathon, half marathon and 5 km run. Race maps
The full marathon (42.2 km) got underway at 7:30 a.m. behind Mel Lastman Square on Beecroft Avenue. The finish line was at Ontario Place Drive on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard at Ontario Place. Route and details
The half marathon (21.1 km) started at 8:30 a.m. behind Mel Lastman Square on Beecroft Avenue. The finish line was at Ontario Place Boulevard on the south side of Lakeshore Boulevard at Ontario Place. Half marathon route and details
The 5K run began at noon, with both the start and finish at Ontario Place. It started on Remembrance Drive just east of Ontario Place Boulevard, with the finish line on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard. 5K route and details
While the race will pushed runners to their limit, it has been problematic for drivers in the past. That was taken into account in the planning this year, according to Toronto Marathon director Jay Glassman.
“With the adjustment of the route, for the marathon, more than half of the marathon now is run on the Lake Shore, the race also starts an hour earlier, we’re starting at 7:30 in the morning,” Glassman said.
While the race did start earlier this year to help alleviate the impact on traffic along the busy route, the subway doesn’t start running until 9 a.m.
680News asked marathon officials if an earlier subway would make a difference.
“That would be amazing. I’ve been lobbying for that for 18 years. I don’t know if it’ll happen in my lifetime, if we’ll ever see an earlier Sunday subway. That would be wonderful if it did,” said Glassman.
He said the subway is always an option for races he’s been involved in, in other world class cities.
But TTC spokesperson Brad Ross told 680News there hasn’t been any serious discussion about it.
“There are costs involved. While there are a lot of people who attend to race, typically our ridership on a Sunday morning for the subway would be very low, and I think it would just be cost prohibitive,” said Ross.
The Toronto Marathon generates as much as $20 million for the city’s economy.
More than $12 million has been raised for charity since the inception of the marathon in 1995.