Coquitlam Husband and Wife Win 2nd Annual Surrey Marathon

Coquitlam Husband and Wife Win 2nd Annual Surrey Marathon

The rainy weather did little to dampen the spirits of hundreds of runners and walkers who laced up to participate in today’s 2nd annual Surrey International World Music Marathon, presented by Central City. The event, which celebrates the cultural diversity of Canada’s fastest growing city, not only saw new course records set in the men’s and women’s Half Marathon it also celebrated a new course record in the women’s Full Marathon by Rika Hatachi of Coquitlam. She celebrated her victory with husband Tatsuya, who crossed the finish line just a few minutes before her to win the Marathon.

Full Marathon Elite Results Summary:

Top Men:

  1. Tatsuya Hatachi, Coquitlam – 2:47:18
  2. David Papineau, Vancouver – 2:59:21
  3. Hans-Eric Zimmerling, Langley – 3:00:36

Top Women:

  1. Rika Hatachi, Coquitlam – 2:59:41
  2. Kendra Braun, Langley – 3:11:57
  3. Erin Nestmann, Delta – 3:23:40

Run Inn Half Marathon Elite Results Summary:

Top Men: 

  1. David Jackson, Abbotsford – 1:11:14
  2. Drew Nicholson, Surrey – 1:14:55
  3. Nicholas Browne, Vancouver – 1:17:30

Top Women:

  1. Lucy Smith, Sidney – 1:20:32
  2. Suzanne Evans, New Westminster – 1:24:45
  3. Karen Warrendorf, Vancouver – 1:31:37

Along with offering a brand new course for the Full Marathon and Run Inn Half Marathon, this year’s event welcomed participants of all athletic abilities in the Prospera Credit Union Relay Race, Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk, and Century Group Kids Fun Run, which provided fun activities along a 1K course. Among those who braved the rain was Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts who laced up her sneakers to participate in the Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk.

“We’re thrilled with the results of this year’s event – everything from the incredible athleticism of our elite runners, to the expanded entertainment along our brand new route, to the outstanding support we received from our volunteers,” said Surrey Marathon Chair Elizabeth Model. “This year’s race has truly reflected the amazing energy and enthusiasm of our city, and we’re looking forward to growing the Surrey Marathon in years to come.”

In addition to the running competition, the Surrey International World Music Marathon celebrated Surrey’s diverse background during its ‘culture miles.’ Every mile of the race featured a new cultural celebration with live music, dancing and festivities that encouraged the runners along the way.

Photo: Surrey Marathon

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James Chung

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