Record Setting Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Rick Madonik - Staff photographer - @Rmadonik
Runners love it. Motorists put up with it. And charities reap the rewards.
The annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon winds its way though the lower part of the city as its 25,000 participants disrupt the normal flow of business for about a 24 hour period. Approximately $4 M is raised, and over 180 local charities benefit.
While the event has its detractors, it also has a lot of support. The race itself is a qualifier for others. A number of elite runners from around the world participate and in fact, Deressa Chimsa, of Ethiopia, crossed the finish line in a course record time.
A few minutes later, TWO elite Canadian women both broke a long standing record by a fellow Canadian woman. First across was Lanni Marchant who shaved almost half a minute from the 28 year old record of Sylvia Ruegger. Krista Duchene also broke the mark.
For the majority of the other runners, it was a beautiful fall day to spend a few hours travessing the 26.2 miles of pavement.
Lanni Marchant, (left) the first Canadian woman to finish, clocked an official 2:28:00 and a new women's record for the course. She and Krista Duchene (right) both broke the 28 year old women's time record held by Sylvia Ruegger.