An estimated $3.5 million raised at 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Philemon Rono completes the fastest marathon ever run on Canadian soil, defending his title
TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - More than 25,000 people, from a record 74 countries, took part in the 28th annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this weekend, raising more than an estimated $3.5 million for nearly 200 local charities, through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
Kenya's Philemon Rono surged away from his countryman Dickson Chumba at the 30 kilometre mark to win the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in the time of 2:06:52, the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil. Dickson Chumba took second, while Ethiopia's Solomon Deksisa finished third. Rono's impressive performance also made Toronto Waterfront, the fastest marathon in North America this year.
The women's field went out at an aggressive early pace, passing the half way mark in 71:01. Ethiopian training partners Marta Megra and Sutume Asefa finished first and second, with Kenya's Sarah Jebet claiming third. Megra's winning time was 2:28:20.
"We congratulate all of the runners of this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and a special thanks to those who dedicated their run to one of the local charities associated with the Scotiabank Charity Challenge," said Kyle McNamara, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Banking Technology at Scotiabank. "Through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, runners raise funds for a variety of important charities, including ones committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential, a key priority for Scotiabank."
This year's marathon also paid special tribute to Canadian marathon legend, Ed Whitlock, who passed away earlier this year. The race began with a minute of silence in Whitlock's memory, followed by the inclusion of three designated pacemakers, who paced his most recognized world marathon record times: 2:54:49 (age 73), 3:15:54 (age 80) and 3:56:38 (age 85).
The Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has raised an estimated $3.5 million for nearly 200 Canadian charities this year alone. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of Scotiabank's six sponsored running events in Canada this year, with events taking place in Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a turnkey fundraising program that provides a simple and effective way to support local causes that make a big difference in people's lives. Participating charities keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all transaction and credit card fees.
2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Results
|Full Marathon Results|
|Full Marathon Male|
|1. Philemon Rono – Kenya||TIME: 2:06:52|
|2. Dickson Chumba – Kenya||TIME: 2:09:11|
|3. Solomon Deksisa – Ethiopia||TIME: 2:11:27|
|Full Marathon Female|
|1. Marta Megra – Ethiopia||TIME: 2:28:20|
|2. Sutume Asefa – Ethiopia||TIME: 2:29:26|
|3. Sarah Jebet – Kenya||TIME: 2:30:02|
|Half Marathon Results|
|Half Marathon Male|
|1. Tristan Woodfine – Canada||TIME: 1:06:50|
|2. Bonsa Atomsa – Toronto, Canada||TIME: 1:07:10|
|3. Rogers Rutto – Toronto, Canada||TIME: 1:07:50|
|Half Marathon Female|
|1. Emily Setlack – Cold Lake, Canada||TIME: 1:14:28|
|2. Cleo Boyd – Canada||TIME: 1:14:44|
|3. Laura Desjardins – Canada||TIME: 1:17:27|
|1. Jake Kasperski – Perrysburg, USA||TIME: 15:43|
|2. Hajin Tola – Toronto, Canada||TIME: 15:55|
|3. Kyle Smith – Scarborough, Canada||TIME: 16:04|
|1. Lioudmila Kortchaguina – Markham, Canada||TIME:17:41|
|2. Kat Lampard – Toronto, Canada||TIME:17:45|
|3. Colleen Hennessy – Oakville, Canada||TIME:18:59|
To see a list of charities involved in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, please visit http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/community-and-charity/scotiabank-charity-challenge/
For more highlights and complete race results, please visit: http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/the-weekend/results-and-photos/
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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
An IAAF Gold Label race, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada's premier, big-city running event, the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships, and the Grand Finale of the 7-race Canada Running Series. In 2016 it attracted 26,000 participants from 70 countries, raised $3.24 million for 182 charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, and contributed an estimated $35 million to the local economy. The livestream broadcast was watched by more than 72,000 viewers from 129 countries. http://STWM.ca
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