Eugene Marathon:
Stephen Lue – 2:58:46 PB
Tammi Kwan – 3:35:10 BQ!
Kyle Bryce – 3:24:47 – First Marathon!
Kashtin Bogart – 3:38:48
Julie Pelly – 3:30:20, PB & BQ!
Mark Nelson – 3:29:09, PB
Mark Topacio – 3:39:46
Gary Franco – 4:14:35
Pat Swadden – 3:06:27
Ellis Grey – 2:57:15, PB
John Hamilton – 3:22:00, PB
Lei-Lani Harmon – 4:17:34
Aaron Carveth – 3:34
Tommy Cheng – 3:24:07 – First Marathon!
Taylor Maxwell – 3:18:45, PB
Tony Tomsich – 2:18:49, PB & US Olympic Trails Qualifying Time!

Eugene Half Marathon
Jess Lam – 1:36:42
Miguel Almeida – 1:29:40

Rotterdam Marathon, April 7:
Radim Picek – 2:32:06
Kerri Andreas – 3:04:26
David Lau – 3:44:50
Will Cascone – 4:05:30

Fool’s Half, Sunshine Coast, BC – April 7
Kendal Paul – 1:26:07 1st FEMALE, PB!
Lee Kennett – 1:22:47
Pat Swadden – 1:28
Lei-Lani Harmon – 1:51
Matt Diederich – 1:35
Kara Naish – 2:03:03
Natasha Merrick – 2:30:50
Grace Sullivan – 2:00:40
Katie Gordon – 1:43:53, PB
Andrea Cain – 1:45:31
Linda Wong – 44:03

TriStars Sooke 10k, April 7
Breanne Cotton – 44:56

Frieburg Half Marathon, April 7

Caitlin Wood -1:39:21

Angus Glen 10 Miler
Victoria Asikis – 1:14:50, PB!

Diez Vista 50k Trail, April 14
Jan Duzinkiewicz – 5:56:28
Doug Phillips – 5:31:29

Virgin Money London Marathon, April 27
Nicola Grice – 3:16:56, Has now completed all 6 World Majors!

Times Colonist 10k, Victoria BC, April 27
Shannon Dale – 39:56
Shae Lynn Pearson – 51:11, PB!

St. Albert 10 Miler, April 27
Kendall Barber – 1:07:45

Limestone Half-marathon, Kingston, ON – April 27
Mark Kerr – 1:33:12
Annie Riel – 1:42:42

Tammy Pigion – 1:48:05

Peterborough 5k, April 27
Julie MacDonald – 20:44

Waterloo Half-Marathon, April 27
Gary Cheung – 1:17 13, PB



Alrighty, let’s talk about the BMO Vancouver Marathon course. First things first, show up early and keep race day morning as stress-free as possible. The marathon is hard enough already, don’t do anything silly to make it harder on yourself.

We’ll start @ Queen Elizabeth park, the gun goes and we climb a little bit to get out of the park, then we turn left onto Cambie. The 1st km is a net uphill, and it is the 1st KM of 42, do not worry about what your watch says, just get off the line and get the body ready to go.

We’ll turn right on 49th @ about 2.5km, then there is a nice long straight shot for over 6km. Use this time to find your flow and settle in. This section has a really nice gentle downhill from 4km to 9km. It is awesome, don’t force anything here, just relax and roll.

Photos from a day of carnage at the 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon in Vancouver, BC on May 5, 2018. Courtesy of Jody Bailey.

At 9km we take that dreaded right turn on to Camosun. The bad news is that this hill is a tough, challenging 1200m climb. The good news is that it is early in the race. The hill will sting, but I promise you that you will recover and be fine once you hit the peak. Focus on maintaining effort on the hill, do not worry about pace.

After you get to the top of Camosun, it is pretty much smooth sailing. Just kidding. We’ll roll around UBC which is nice because the roads up there are wide and smooth, re-establish your rhythm and continue to focus. Take your gels and hit the water stations when you can.

Nearing half-way now

At 19km we hit a long ass downhill coming out of UBC and onto Spanish Banks. Do not try to hammer this hill to make up any lost time, that is a recipe for disaster as you risk destroying your quads. Float down the hill maintaining effort and trying to run smooth.

At the bottom of the hill we hit ½ way. Your legs will feel funny for a km or two, do not panic, that is normal. Focus on staying relaxed and continue to flow through the beaches.

There is a tricky little climb coming out of Jericho, but it is only 300m long and it’s followed by a nice gradual downhill.

We’ll roll through Kits down Point Grey road and Cornwall, the crowds here are great, so use them to fire ya up.

We gotta run across Burrard Street Bridge at 29km. Yeah, that will suck but there are great crowds on the Bridge and this is the last hard climb of the day. Get over that bridge and then there is a nice downhill onto the seawall. The good thing about this course is that many uphills are followed by nice downhills after to allow for recovery.

We’ll get on the Seawall at about 31km, and from then on it’s all flat and boring. Maintain focus, remain positive and finish that sucker strong. Easy peasy right? Have a great one!

Boston Marathon:
Fergus Kung – 2:59:24
Tristan Sandhu – 2:53:58
Kat Mylvaganam – 2:59:15
Jon Minkarious – 2:51:57
Jason Lloyd – 2:53:42, PB
Karen Thibodeau – 2:56:35
Lauren Phillips – 3:09:25
Nic H – 2:56:35
Andrew Geiger – 2:48:49, PB
Craig Fowler – 2:40:29, PB
Chad Clark – 3:11:30
Morris Kopola – 2:56:30
Meddy (Shaun) Andrew – 3:09:32
Matt Murdoch – 2:59:36
Tara Lohman – 3:28:39
Jenn Wurster – 3:29:44
Dana Henson – 3:17:52
Kim Bennet – 3:13:17
Alex Denysiuk – 3:32:22
Luke Li – 3:37:53
Carla Parsons – 3:15:11, PB
Mariah Marshall – 3:54:28
Kyla Wilkinson – 3:42:23
Katherine Lavoie – 4:04:51
Melissa Raven – 3:35:43
Dania Spillet – 3:24:41
Kathryn Williamson – 3:27:29
Allie Peterson – 3:25:20
Kim Pomponio – 3:26:14
Sandra Sukstorf – 4:14:57
Louise Cameron – 4:07:47
Kate Gustatson – 2:42:34

Sun Run 10km:
Brandon Hillis – 41:35
Jacob Sears – 33:40, PB
Justin Yan – 41:56, PB
Andrew McQueen – 40:07
Matt Zielinski – 41:42, PB
Pam Campbell – 44:19
Dante Luciani – 37:18, PB
Harrison Glotman – 35:59, PB
John Hamilton – 40:53, PB
Nadine Robinson – 39:16, PB
Ian Kerr – 37:44
Genevieve Watson – 66:03, PB
James Lee – 54:45, PB
Miguel Almeida – 39:48
Shannon Dale – 38:44
Jess Lam – 38:44
Linda Wong – 44:03
Lee Kennett – 35:34, PB
Laurel Richardson – 37:43, PB
Alanna Goobie – 45:27
Shu Sanatani – 44:16
Julie Hathaway – 40:37, PB
Nancy Hancharyk – 44:05
Sarb Kaler – 48:48
Cillian Collins – 39:14
Tadashi Yamaura – 37:49
Lissa Zimmer – 38:02
Anne Desplanches – 53:29, PB
Thais Mori – 51:38
Erin Ready – 40:26
Grace Sullivan – 59:13
Shelby Turner – 51:21
Mark Dawson – 42:43
Carlos Lesser – 33:56
Eric Mazzi – 51:36
Geoff Lyster – 40:38
Kashtin Bogart – 40:16
Sebastien Foellmer – 38:22, PB
Fainne Martin – 42:40
Jay Zhu – 43:27, PB
Hope Moir – 45:41, PB
Miriam Trotscha – 43:59
Thom Green – 43:25
Rebecca Dziedzic – 50:51
Lisa Stanley – 47:13
Dayna Gerson – 54:21
Farid Muttalib – 36:10
Brandi Mollica – 1:09:48

The 26.2 miles from small town of Hopkinton, MA to Boylston St in Boston is the most iconic marathon race in the world. The communities that line the course come together to create an atmosphere like no other. The unrelenting course and the unpredictable weather create a unique element of unknown. The runners have earned their spot on the start line, all owning that coveted BQ. Just getting to that start line on April 15th is a journey worth telling for each of the 30,000+ runners. Race day is a celebration of these runners, the communities, this race.

We asked runners on our team to share a few words about their journey to Boston and what the race means to them. Sandra S. has experienced the full spectrum that is the Boston Marathon. We have loved being part of her journey, and we think you will love reading about it just as much as we have.

“I had to proudly include my 2018 finishing photo. It was miserable so I picked up a toss away coat that I wore to the finish. I started with the shower cap on because the storm was in full gear when I was lined up. I thought it would keep me dry in the chute.”

How many times have you raced Boston?

I have raced Boston 5 times consecutively – this is my 6th Boston and 29th marathon.

What does racing Boston mean to you?

I was at the finish line in 2013 (as a spectator) when the bombs went off and after the dust settled, I vowed to return every year that I qualified.  This year will be my 6th, my husband’s 7th and it also marks the anniversary date of the bombs – April 15th. I was a relatively new runner in April 2013, but had just qualified for Boston in my first marathon a few months earlier (November 2012).  My qualifying time was for the next year in 2014 so I was soaking everything in. I was like a kid in a candy shop overseeing all the festivities and watching the race. There was so much positive energy and buzz. The entire city was focussed on the runners.  I still remember the Boston local commentators on the local station wanting to know who that Robin Watson from Canada was. It was hysterical as they were somewhat stumped that he was leading and had to go and get information to share with the viewers. It was cute and I didn’t really know who he was either, but myself and my friend were cheering him on.

We splurged to stay at the Lennox hotel and had a room overlooking the finish line, which sadly also provided a panoramic view of the finish line bomb.  My husband was out in the streets when the bomb went off and the police forced me to stay in the hotel. However, about 10 minutes later, we were told that the threat required us to evacuate ASAP.  I eventually found my husband as I was being evacuated by the police. He was still in his running gear, without a change of clothes and we had no passports.

We walked for hours, helping other runners and people like ourselves who were lost in the streets. We tried to seek refuge in a few locations, but each time we were ordered to clear out if we were not a Boston resident.  It was getting very cold and people like ourselves were scrambling for a place to go. Eventually, we learned we could not return to the Lennox Hotel and so we walked to find another hotel (keep in mind that my husband had just run the marathon and was still in his running clothes). I had received many invites from many Bostonians who offered us a place to stay.

Eventually, I received an iMessage  (via Wifi… there was no cell service) that a friend of ours had secured a hotel room at the other end of the city. Hence, we walked there (another hour) where my husband could eventually shower and put on his stinky clothes again. We reached out to the Canadian Consulate office, and the next day we were able to get back into the Lennox hotel to retrieve our passports and belongings. At that point, the hotel had become the FBI headquarters.  We spoke with them, gave them our photos as well as videos as much of the focus of the FBI shifted to sifting through social media posts, photos and videos. It was quite surreal.

Each year since then, at least one of our kids has joined us for the weekend. Last year, we had a small family group that ran the 5km together.

Do you have any goals for the 2019 race?

I just keep showing up healthy, fit and ready to take on its challenge. The rest is out of my hands as we learned last year with the weather.  Although I am not fast, I am consistent in my performances and I take the long-range approach. I hope to still be running in my 80s (lol).

I subscribe to the theory that running is a lifetime commitment and a necessary part of my daily routine and ideally, I would like to keep going back to run Boston as long as I am able.  I have a very demanding job, travel constantly and spend a lot of time alone. Running is that vice that helps me maintain a necessary balance in life. We have 4 married children and are anxiously awaiting grandchildren. I had a bit of a health scare earlier this year with my heart, so although I love to race a lot, I do so for fun and very conservatively.

A final note:

Thanks to M2M coach, Tony who has been planning my training schedule for the last 18 months.  He tailors my training to my crazy
work schedule and gives me workouts to keep me honest and focussed no matter where I am.  We plan around my weekly travel days, the snow, and access to treadmills.  As long as I can keep balancing it all, I’ll be able to keep running.

When we reached out to Sandra she attached a photo of her dog, who trained with her for 4 of the 6 Boston Marathon’s she has run.

“He got me running even when my husband couldn’t convince me.  He was my loyal training partner until he got cancer 2 years ago.  So, now I need my M2M program to keep me motivated.”

Photo Credit: Maxine Gravina

This past weekend, Coach Dylan and a handful of our athletes braved the last of Ontario winter to take on the historic Around The Bay 30k. Famous for being older than Boston, its iconic grim reaper, and rolling hills, this race is excellent preparation for those spring marathons. Coach Dylan lead the way for the team, snagging bronze on the podium. Results for our athletes that raced can be found below:

Around the Bay 30km:
Kat Mylvaganam – 2:03:47 PB
Tyler Ashurst – 2:06:31 PB
Arthur Oskan – 2:13:56 PB
Gary Cheung – 1:57:25
Esther Lee – 2:18:44
Ben Gustafson – 1:47:49 PB
Kevin Smith – 2:03:07 PB
Sandra Sukstorf – 2:47:06 PB
Dylan Wykes – 1:35:04 PB

Around the Bay 5km:
Ryan Wykes – 21:32