On Sunday, 49,000 runners filled the streets of Vancouver to celebrate the 27th running of the Vancouver Sun Run. This annual event welcomes runners of all abilities, while featuring some of Canada’s most elite distance runners.
Canadian marathon specialist, Eric Gillis of Guelph, Ontario took home the Sun Run title on Sunday morning, running 29:06 over the ten-kilometer course to defeat fellow Canadian marathon specialist Dylan Wykes, and defending champion Kip Kangogo of Kenya. Gillis was proud to be the first Canadian to win the Sun Run since Chris Webber’s win in 1998. The race for second place was decided by 0.3 seconds with Wykes finishing in 29:14.4 and Kangogo finishing in 29:14.7.
On the women’s side, Lucy Njeri, was victorious covering the distance in 33:41, to narrowly defeat Paula Findlay of Edmonton, AB. Njeri who trains out of Toronto, ON hails from Kenya. Findlay, better known for her success in the triathlon, won an international triathlon in Sydney, Australia just one week prior to Sunday’s race. Njeri pulled away in the final kilometer to win by a six second margin in her first ever Sun Run.