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Runners hit Kelowna streets for BMO Marathon

Bryon McLuckie / Global News

Runners sprinted through the streets of Kelowna Sunday to mark the 22nd annual BMO Marathon.

Participants came from as far as Japan and Australia to participate in the race, which featured 10 kilometer, half marathon, and a full marathon distances.

2,800 runners took part, aided on the course by almost 300 volunteers.

The high number of participants, paired with the Boston Marathon qualifying-potential, make it one of the most popular events in the city all year.

Ryan Prachnau of Abbotsford and Red Deer’s Kari Elliot took home the top prize in the men’s and women’s marathons. They finished first and second overall.

The half marathon winner was Chris Stone from Edmonton. Trail’s Jackson Konkin won the 10 kilometer category.

READ MORE: 2015 BMO Marathon big draw for runners

The marathon is a massive fundraiser annually for the Sunshine Foundation of Canada. This year, they received a 7,500 dollar donation collected by race organizers.

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