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Marathon records tumble at ING Ottawa Marathon

Women and Wheelchair Marathon Records shattered at ING Ottawa Marathon … Record participation for 32nd Ottawa Race Weekend; Morrocan crowned male marathon champion

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – A 22-year old record was shattered in the women’s marathon today as Canadian Lioudmilla Kortchaguina crossed the finish line of the 2006 ING Ottawa Marathon with a new course – and personal – record with a time of 2:29:42. Ethiopian Moges Zebenaye (2:36:14) and Helena Loshanyang Kirprop of Kenya (2:37:43) followed. Tania Jones was the second Canadian to cross the finish line, and 4th overall with a time of 2:43:00. In the men’s category, Morrocan Abderrahime Bouramdane was declared champion with a time of 2:12:18. Fellow countryman Zaid Laaroussi (2:12:59) was second and Great Britain native Brad Poore (2:24:28) was third. Charles Bedley, from Toronto, was crowned the new Canadian champion as he finished fifth with a time of 2:27:58.

In the first ever Canadian Wheelchair Marathon championships, five-time paralympic athlete Jeff Adams captured the title with a blistering performance of 1:33:48, setting a new Canadian soil record. He was followed by Alan Bergman of Ottawa (1:33:50) and 21-year old Josh Cassidy of Oakville (1:33:50).

“A new course record for the women, a new record for men’s wheelchair championship and a new record in participation – this has truly been an incredible weekend,” says Susan Longbottom, President of the Ottawa Race Weekend. “


Toronto was crowned as Canada’s fastest city as part of the ING Run for Something Better, a race within the race, which began as a project to introduce less-fortunate youth to the sport of distance running. Running clubs from 10 Canadian cities each sent two athletes, their best male and female marathoners, to compete for a share of the $68,000 in prize money donated by ING Canada. Toronto was the city with the fastest combined times of the two runners with a total of 5:21:38. Montreal captured second with a combined time of 5:31:06, followed by Vancouver (5:34:00). Beyond bragging rights for the ‘fastest Canadian city’, the Toronto running club received $10,000 for athletic programs that involve less-fortunate youth.


Throughout the weekend, another record participation was recorded as 29,364 runners took part in one of the nine races on the schedule. Here are the numbers of participants for each racing event:


ING Ottawa Marathon: 4,216

ING Ottawa Half Marathon: 8,274

ING Family 2K: 2,449

ING Inline Skate Marathon: 361

ING Inline Skate Half Marathon: 531

ING Wheelchair Marathon: 9

MDS Nordion 5K: 6,567
MDS Nordion 10K: 7,316


Here are the top ten males and females in the ING Ottawa Marathon:

1. Abderrahime Bouramdane, Morrocco, 2:12:18
2. Zaid Laaroussi, Morrocco, 2:12:59
3. Brad Poore, Great Britain, 2:24:28
4. Elly Rono, Kenya, 2:26:20
5. Charles Bedley, Toronto, Canada, 2:27:58
6. Jason Loutitt, Banff, Canada, 2:29:37
7. Richard Cartier, Sainte-Adèle, Canada, 2:31:48
8. Mark Cucuzzella, USA, 2:32:05
9. Michel Lavoie, Laval, Canada, 2:32:06
10. Louis-Phillipe Garnier, Canada, 2:32:48


1. Lioudmila Kortchaguina, Thornhill, Canada, 2:29:43
2. Moges Zebenaye, Ethiopia, 2:36:15
3. Helena Loshanyang Kiprop, Kenya, 2:37:42
4. Tania Jones, Richmond Hill, Canada, 2:42:57
5. Magdalene Syombua Makunzi, Kenya, 2:49:54
6. Paola Ventrella, Italy, 2:50:55
7. Paula Weltse, Kinston, Kenya, 2:51:06
8. Nancy Baxendale, Shawnigan Lake, Canada, 2:56:51
9. Myriam Grenon, Longeuil, Canada, 2:58:22
10. Susan Pierson, Nenah, USA, 2:58:41


With 8,274 runners, the ING Ottawa Half Marathon was by far the most popular race of the weekend and one of North America’s most popular half marathons.


Here are the top three males and females in the ING Ottawa Half Marathon:


1. Mouhssin Moubsit, Morrocco, 1:05:49
2. Nabil Benkrama, Algeria, 1:06:40
3. Khaireddine Hamsi, Algeria, 1:09:01


1. Meryem Khali, Morrocco, 1:17:24
2. Bouchra Shali, Morrocco, 1:17:43
3. Marie Danais, Canada, 1:25:29

Ottawa marathoner Jey Feyko, 33, was awarded more than a medal when he crossed the finish line of the ING Ottawa Marathon, he was also handed the keys to a new 2006 Hyundai Accent, courtesy of Pathway Hyundai. Feyko was randomly selected from all marathon and half marathon participants as the winner of the Run-to-Win Car Give-away!