Lanni Marchant breaks Canadian record

Toronto wat-marathon

October 20, 2013, 
Toronto (ISN) – Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., broke the women’s Canadian marathon record today at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Marchant crossed the finish line in 2:27:58, dipping below Silvia Ruegger’s performance of 2:28:36 set in 1985. Marchant was one when Ruegger set that mark. “The weather was perfect, the day was perfect. Both Krista and I ran perfect. I am ecstatic right now,” said Lanni after the race. She added, “I think Silvia Ruegger was ready for Canadian women to take that jump and set a new record.”

Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., also ran below Ruegger’s mark as she finished in a personal best of 2:28:29. “It’s ideal – someone right beside you pushing you. It’s phenomenal for women in this sport. I have no regrets, I left everything out there,” said DuChene. Natasha Wodak of Port Moody, B.C., ran an impressive 2:35:16 in her marathon debut.

Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., was the top Canadian male in 2:11:47 with Rob Watson of London, Ont., setting a personal best of 2:13:27. “I felt like the (men’s Canadian) record was achievable up to 30K. Around 34K I just wanted a personal best,” said Gillis after the race.

The great day for Canadian women’s distance running wasn’t reserved to Toronto. Leslie Sexton of London, Ont., won the Columbus Half Marathon in 1:13:13, a personal best by over two minutes.

Top Canadians at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon


Lanni Marchant – 2:27:58 CR

Krista DuChene – 2:28:30 PB

Natasha Wodak – 2:35:16 PB


Eric Gillis – 2:11:47

Rob Watson – 2:13:27 PB

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