Quebecers take top place in both men's and women's marathons
Published Sunday, September 22, 2013 3:05PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 22, 2013 6:42PM EDT
David Savard-Gagnon became the first Canadian to win the Montreal Marathon in 24 years, as the Baie St-Paul resident came in first Sunday with a time of 2:30:15 as part of an event that attracted an event-record 32,000 runners.
A Quebecer came in first on the women’s side as well, as Nadia Bolduc of Saguenay clocked a time of 2:51:38.
Savard-Gagnon’s winning run was a full 12 minutes slower than the winning time run by Kenyan-born American Joseph Chirlee last year.
Runners participated in a variety of distances in the race that kicked off in rainy conditions on the Jacques Cartier Bridge at 8:30 a.m. and finished at Lafontaine Park.
Only 4,000 of the 32,000 runners set out to do the 42.1 km marathon, while 14,000 tried out for the half marathon, 7,000 for the 10 k and 3,000 for the 5k.
The marathon has become increasingly well-attended in recent years after suffering financial and sponsorship issues in the early 1990s.