Ethiopians dominate Ottawa Race Weekend marathon
Ottawans claim top spots for men and women in half marathon
Ethiopians dominated the Ottawa Race Weekend marathon on Sunday morning, with Tariku Jufar and Yeshi Esayias claiming the top spots for men and women.
Jufar clocked in at 2:08:04, shaving 67 seconds off the record established last year by Kenyan Laban Moiben, who came in sixth place this year with a time of 2:11:44.
Esayias clocked in at 2:25:30.
The first Canadian man to cross the line was Vancouver's Rob Watson, 29, in 10th place with a time of 2:18:33, and the first Canadian woman was 41-year-old Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, Ont., in eighth place at 2:33:10.
The first man from the National Capital Region to cross the finish line was Gatineau's Maxime Leboeuf, 26, in 15th place at 2:27:08, and the first woman was Ottawa's Kerri Labrecque, 28, in 14th place with 2:52:14.
In the half marathon, Ottawa's Josh Karanja, 28, placed first with a time of 1:07:47.
Ottawa's Laura Durno, 41, led the women at 1:24:56.
Paramedics responded to 12 calls during Sunday's events and seven people were taken to hospital.
One patient suffered a seizure and was in stable condition, while another suffered a heart attack and was in serious condition.