male winner: Glen Chilton; 2:42:41
female winner: Gwen Pelican; 3:13:27
The course for the third Saskatchewan Marathon was the same as in the previous years, being tried and tested three times. The half-marathon ended at the turnaround point near Assiniboine Drive.
Regina resident, 22 year old Glen Chilton led 105 runners who completed the marathon distance (140 had registered). Chilton acknowledged that he went out too fast and actually walked at times in the second half. He still did achieve a personal best. Gwen Pelican won the women’s division in the marathon and was followed in second place by Leona Domshy (3:21:19). Domshy’s time was good enough to win the women’s masters’ title. Don Cochrane was the men’s masters’ champ and fifth overall in 2:48:12.
In the half marathon, the men’s winner was Adam Sarty (1:13:08). Judy Warick took the women’s half marathon title in an unpublished time.
The marathon featured a special entrant: Saskatchewan native, but California resident, Gordon Johnson. He made the trip to Saskatoon specifically to run the marathon on his 50th birthday. Race director Martin Arndt made sure that Johnson was given a special bib, with number ’50’ and he completed the distance in 4:43:37.
There were a total of 245 registered competitors, a 50 per cent increase over 1980.
9am wind: none, 7am: -2°C , 11am: 10°C