Calgary Marathon 2011 Results

CALGARY MARATHON 2011 RESULTS

The Calgary Marathon 2011 Results featured some exceptional performances.

While I was doing book signings at the Impact Magazine booth at the Calgary Marathon Expo at Max Bell Arena I couldn’t help but be a bit amazed at the growth of running Calgary and indeed the world has experienced in the past 35 years.

It was in 1977 when I stood at the Calgary Marathon start line in Bowness Park in what was to be my very first marathon. There were just over 60 entries in the race and I believe there were about two women in the race.

It was an amazing era for women in the sport of running because back in the early 70’s women were thought to be incapable of taking part in endurance events like the marathon and as a result any athletic competition that had to do with endurance was a male-dominated event.

Calgary Marathon 2011 Results

I was pretty excited about meeting a woman named “Nina” just recently. She was the first woman winner of the Boston Marathon and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with Nina about how challenging it was to be one of the first women to break into the sport of endurance running.

Ultimately it was Nina who was instrumental in the creation of the legislation that resulted in the first Olympic Marathon for women in Los Angeles in 1984. That first woman was won by American Joan Benoit.

As I watched the thousands of runners stream through the Marathon expo to pick up their race numbers and t-shirts it was quite obvious that women are doing just fine in endurance sports and make up a large percentage of the entries in marathons, half-marathons, and Ironman competitions around the world.

CALGARY MARATHON 2011 RESULTS

There were some great race results on Sunday May 29, 2011 in Calgary and I’m sure you can get all the individual results on the Calgary Marathon home page, but this is my own take on Sunday’s results as a marathoner out of Calgary’s past.

Of course we have to mention just how the race played out at the front end and these are very good times when you consider we are not at sea level here in Calgary.

Jason Loutitt....................2:33:01
Brendan Kenny....................2:33:56
Oliver Utting....................2:36:38
David Corbett....................2:38:39
Keenan Viney.....................2:41:07
Graham Diehl.....................2:42:29

What really stands out to me is the race that Keenan Viney ran. He is in the 20-24 age-group and considering that endurance improves with age, he has a great career in front of him.

These are the top times for the half marathon and again I find the time of Willy Kimsop simply amazing as he is also in the 20-24 age-group. We could very well be seeing an Olympic-class marathoner in the making.

Willy Kimsop......................1:08:58
Philip Kipchumba Samoei...........1:09:03
David Jackson.....................1:09:12
Jeremy Deere......................1:09:34
Maxime Lebouef....................1:09:42

Just look at these times. All I can say is WOW! What an amazing future these runners have if they remember that rest is their friend and go at the sport slowly and allow time to mature physically and let their endurance grow.

You will better understand what I mean as you read results further down the page.

These are amazing results for runners who are 19 and under and there is a good chance they will be finishing at the top of many of their races in the future.

Gregory Gould...................3:24:50
Rebecca Andrews.................3:53:04

And so are these for the 20-24 age-group.

Sarah Freibuger.................3:46:20
KaterineKruse...................3:49:59

Now if you look at these great age-group results you will see what I mean by endurance increasing with age until a plateau is reached. That is usually in the late 40’s but you would never know it by some of these times.

Ailsa MacDonald...............3:13:31 30-34
David Corbett.................2:38:39 40-44
Joylin Nodwell................3:19:42 40-44
Carmen Pavelich...............3:19:15 40-44
Marc Hayward..................3:03:24 45-49
Philip Rowe...................3:03:30 45-49
Lia Bosch.....................3:22:56 45-49
Diane Walters.................3:24:31 45-49
Lance Christie................2:56:31 50-54
Sheila McPherson..............3:31:17 50-54
Howard Bookey.................3:17:53 55-59
Glenn Murphy..................3:35:34 55-59
Richard Luhning...............4:47:11 65-69

In many ways these two runners may have had the most inspiring results of the day. If only we could all embrace running and fitness in general and make it a way of life just as Milos and Eiko obviously have.

Milos Kostic...................3:24:54 70+
Eiko Sakamoto..................5:43:50 70+

Congratulations to all those who were part of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon 2011 results and I sincerely hope you all realized your goals and hope you plan to take part in the 2012 edition of the Calgary Marathon.

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