Tseguay, Worku and Korir head up Ottawa Marathon
May 7, 2014 - Ottawa - The Canadian land soil record of 2:07:05 is likely to fall at this year’s IAAF silver label Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon with five of the top contenders boasting personal bests under 2:07.
The fastest man in the field, Yemane Tseguay of Ethiopia holds a personal best time of 2:04:48, and recently won the 2014 Daegu International Marathon on April 6th (2:06:50). Another Ethiopian Bazu Worku has a personal best time of 2:05:25. 2012 Boston Marathon champ, and two-time Los Angeles Marathon winner Wesley Korir of Kenya is also one to watch with his personal best time of 2:06:13.
Women’s field is equally impressive
The women’s course record of 2:25:31 is also up for grabs with Ethiopian Ehitu Kiros and Kenyan Agnes Kiprop, both with personal bests under 2:24, lining up on May 25. Kiros’ compatriot Etalemahu Kidane, who holds a PB of 2:25:49 will also be looking for that first place finish and $20,000 prize purse.
On the Canadian front
Canadians will also be well represented at this year’s event, which also serves as the Canadian Marathon Championships.
After having to pull out of last year’s Ottawa Marathon due to injury, Eric Gillis will finally run the Ottawa Marathon following two big wins at the Yonge Street 10K and the Canadian Half-Marathon Championships held at the Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal. Gillis’ best time of 2:11:29 qualified him for the 2012 London Olympics
Rob Watson, the current Canadian Marathon Champion, is returning to defend his title.
On the women’s front, the top contender is Rhiannon Johns of Sault Ste-Marie, who boasts a personal best of 2:40:24 and is lining up in Ottawa for the first time.
Last year, course records were produced in both the men’s and women’s races as the Ethiopian pair of Tariku Jufar (2:08:05) and Yeshi Esayias (2:25:31) won their respective races.
Rob Watson won the 2013 Canadian Marathon Championships with a time of 2:18:33
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the only event in the world to host two IAAF silver-label events in two days - the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K
The first male and the first female winner receive $20,000 (USD)
The person to beat the Canadian land soil record receives $10,000 (USD) and a Hyundai Sante Fe