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Torontonians win first places in Toronto Goodlife marathon

Toronto's Julie Hamulecki and Bryan Rusche have taken the first-place spots in today's Toronto Goodlife Fitness Marathon for the women's and men's categories.

Runners battled cold, rain and wind

The winners of the men's marathon and the women's half marathon speak to CBC after their wins. 1:35

Toronto's Julie Hamulecki and Bryan Rusche have taken the first-place spots in today's Toronto Goodlife Fitness Marathon for the women's and men's categories.

Rusche finished with a time of two hours, 35 minutes and 54 seconds. Hamulecki took two hours, 56 minutes and four seconds to finish the race.

Bryan Rusche came in at 2 hours, 35 minutes and 54 seconds for the men's marathon. (CBC)

About 1,800 people ran the marathon. 3840 ran the half marathon.

David Keter of Kapsabet, Kenya, came in second in the men's marathon with a time of 2:37:47, and Toronto's Joe Morrow came in third place with a time of 2:39:59.

Kathleen Devine won the half marathon in the women's category for the Toronto Goodlife Fitness Marathon. (CBC)

"The conditions were tough today," said Rusche. "It was cold, it was windy, it was wet, but living in Toronto we train all through the winter ... and this is better than the winter."

Kathleen Devine, a new mom, won the women's half marathon with a time of 1:20:00. She said she had been out of the running scene for a while after having her baby.

"It's just good to be finally back and get to tear the tape," she said.

Another runner approaches the finish line of the Toronto Goodlife Fitness Marathon. (Barry Smith/CBC)

There were multiple races around the GTA today — there were marathons, half-marathons, 10-kilometre and five-kilometre runs in Toronto as well as in Mississauga, which was hosting its own races.

Check here for the road closures and diversions surrounding the races in both cities.

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