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 todayâ€™s 2ndÂ annual Surrey International World Music Marathon, presented by Central City. The event, which celebrates the cultural diversity of Canadaâ€™s fastest growing city, not only saw new course records set in the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s Half Marathon it also celebrated a new course record in the womenâ€™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:
- Tatsuya Hatachi, Coquitlam â€“ 2:47:18
- David Papineau, Vancouver â€“ 2:59:21
- Hans-Eric Zimmerling, Langley â€“ 3:00:36
- Rika Hatachi, Coquitlam â€“ 2:59:41
- Kendra Braun, Langley â€“ 3:11:57
- Erin Nestmann, Delta â€“ 3:23:40
Run Inn Half Marathon Elite Results Summary:
- David Jackson, Abbotsford â€“ 1:11:14
- Drew Nicholson, Surrey â€“ 1:14:55
- Nicholas Browne, Vancouver â€“ 1:17:30
- Lucy Smith, Sidney â€“ 1:20:32
- Suzanne Evans, New Westminster â€“ 1:24:45
- Karen Warrendorf, Vancouver â€“ 1:31:37
Along with offering a brand new course for the Full Marathon and Run Inn Half Marathon, this yearâ€™s event welcomed participants of all athletic abilities in the Prospera Credit Union Relay Race, Mayorâ€™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 Mayorâ€™s 5K Run/Walk.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled with the results of this yearâ€™s event â€“ 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,â€ said Surrey Marathon Chair Elizabeth Model. â€œThis yearâ€™s race has truly reflected the amazing energy and enthusiasm of our city, and weâ€™re looking forward to growing the Surrey Marathon in years to come.â€
In addition to the running competition, the Surrey International World Music Marathon celebrated Surreyâ€™s diverse background during its â€˜culture miles.â€™ 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