About 16,000 people ran in three events as part of the 42nd annual BMO Vancouver Marathon on Sunday.

Thomas Omwenga, a runner from Kenya who has been living and training in Hamilton, Ont. since last May, was the first man to cross the marathon finish line in just over two hours and 24 minutes. It was Omwenga's fourth time winning the event.

Luci Njeri, who is also from Kenya but living in Toronto, was the first woman to cross the marathon finish line in just over two hours and 40 minutes.

The event included a marathon, a half marathon and an eight kilometre run.

Before the race officially kicked off at 8 a.m. PT, a moment of silence was held to remember those who died and were injured the Boston Marathon bombings.

Charlene Krepiakevich, executive director of the Marathon Society, said runners from nearly 50 countries participated in the run.

"What runners tell me is that they like this event because it's a spring event, it sort of kicks off the running season," Krepiakevich said.

"So we're getting a lot of attention worldwide, we have a wonderful first-class roster of runners who have also come from around the world."