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May 25, 2014 ISN – OTTAWA – Two new Canadian champions were crowned today at the 2014 Canadian Marathon
Championship in Ottawa, Ont. Eric Gillis of Guelph,Ont., won the men’s title in
2:13:46., while Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.’s Rhiannon Johns took the women’s championship
in 2:47:11.

Eric Gillis was the first Canadian to cross the finish line in his first Canadian
Marathon Championship. “It is a nice treat to win the National Championship”, notes
Eric following today’s win. “It is always good to be happy with the race and we
got really lucky with the weather”. Eric’s victory is his second Canadian Championship
title this year having won the 2014 Canadian Half Marathon Championship last month;
“Two Canadian championship wins in a month is exciting. I haven’t confirmed a fall
marathon yet, but I am going to run one.”

The men’s silver medal was won by Vancouver, B.C.’s Rob Watson in 2:16:37. “I am
happy with the race”, notes Rob. “I ran to my fitness and it was a really well
run, fun event.”

Philippe Viau-Dupuis of Montreal, Que., won the bronze medal in 2:23:21.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.’s Rhiannon Johns won the women’s Canadian Marathon Championship
with a time of 2:47:11. “I am thrilled, overwhelmed and it is exactly what I came
here to do”, notes an excited Rhiannon after completing only her second career
marathon.
“The race was a great step in the right direction. It wasn’t a great time, but it
is rare in running to have the outcome be exactly what you wanted. Any time you
become a national champion is pretty exciting!”

Silver was won by Bianca Prémont of Ste-Julie, Que., in 2:50:26 and Sarah Nagy of
Newmarket, Ont., won the bronze in 2:50:52.

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