Thousands take to the streets for 2015 BMO Vancouver Marathon

Kenya’s Luka Chelimo won the men’s category of the 2015 BMO Vancouver Marathon with a time of 2 hours 18 minutes and 37 seconds. He beat second-place finisher Daniel Kipkoech, also of Kenya, by just 12 seconds.

Canadian Kip Kangogo placed third with a time of 2:19:31.

Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Markham Ont. won the women’s category with a times of 2:37:37. Hirut Guangul of Ethiopia finished second with a time of 2:41:25 while Vancouver’s own Ellie Greenwood finished third in 2:47:23. Vancouver’s Rob Watson won the half-marathon in 1:04:48.

More than 14,000 runners took part in the 2015 BMO Vancouver Marathon. In addition to the full 26.2-mile race, there was a half-marathon, an 8k and a team relay.

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“We get about 50 per cent of our runners coming from outside the Lower Mainland,” says Charlene Krepiakevich, BMO Vancouver Marathon executive director. “They stay in our hotels, they go to our restaurants, it generates somewhere between 40 and 50 million dollars in economic impact.”

It has also raised more than $12 million for 30 charities since it was founded.

The full marathon route stretches through some of the most scenic parts of the city, starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and ending in Stanley Park. It’s the second largest marathon in the country and is also a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

-with files from Marlisse Silver Sweeney

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