Elite Athletes

Open for international and national requests! 

Saskatchewan Marathon Elite Application Information

The Saskatchewan Marathon warmly invites competitive and elite runners to apply for complimentary entry to the race.  We work hard to organize the premiere running event in Saskatchewan and are developing an even more competitive component for local and international runners alike.  In 2020 we will be opening a limited number of spots for both men and women in each of the four events: marathon, half-marathon, 10km and 5km.

How to apply:

We will consider applications in the order they are received as well as the following athletic standards:


International Men 2:35 International Women 2:55
Canadian Men 2:40 Canadian Women 3:00

Half Marathon

International Men 1:05 International Women 1:17
Canadian Men 1:10 Canadian Women 1:20

10 Km

International Men 31:00 International Women 36:00
Canadian Men 33:00 Canadian Women 38:00

5 km

International Men 15:00 International Women 18:00
Canadian Men 15:30 Canadian Women 18:30

Please direct applications and/or inquiries to the Elite Athlete Coordinator Josh Websdale at Jwebsdale@onpurpose.ca

For international runners, we may also be able to accommodate local billeting requests, provided sufficient notice is given.

Athlete Responsibilities

  1. Please  provide a summary or your race history, as well as photos, bio, and a summary of why you run. This will be used for the Saskatchewan Marathon website and social media promotions.
  2. Elite requests from outside Canada must supply the following:
    1. A copy of your passport
    2. A link to race results posted online
    3. Date and location of birth.
    4. Current country of residence
    5. Planned arrival and departure dates in Saskatoon
    6. Where you will be staying, or a request for a billet.
  • Pre-Race interviews. These will be at a mutually convenient time leading up to and on the race day.
  • Awards Ceremony – Race day we request the presence of the top three finishers at our awards ceremony after the race.

2020 Elite Athletes:

David Mutai – Marathon

David is the Sask Marathon Record Holder with a time of 2:22:07

Running to me is an inspiration from my late bro (Sammy Mutai) passed on in 2007 September who used to run 1500m and represented the country in world championships and commonwealth games.

I have been running since primary and secondary school and my first international race was in June 2010 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. And I Have joined races in Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Macau, Brunei, Indonesia, India, and Philippines since then.

Shadrack Kipkosgei – Marathon

Running  to me is to educate my 8 year daughter (Faith Jepchumba  Kosgei). Her mother passed  away in 2017 with the baby due to unavoidable  circumstances. For her to get a better future, I have ran marathons in India, Thailand, Colombia and recently Panama.

James Leakos – Marathon

James Leakos grew up in Saskatoon, where his running career first began with cross-country in grade 6. He won both the city and provincial championships in Cross-Country each of the four years he was at Holy Cross High School, as well as all four 3000m city and provincial Track and Field titles and three 1500m titles. Afterwards, he ran Cross-Country and Track at Harvard University, where he became the captain of the team and Ivy League Champion in the 5k. He set a PR of 13:44 in 5k, and 7:57 in the 3k. After college, he ran for the Adidas B.A.A. High Performance team in Boston, and competed at both national and international events.

Why I run:

Running has become such an embedded part of my life that I rarely stop to consider why I am doing it anymore. It has taken on many roles: easy runs are a time for thought and reflection, creative thinking, and problem solving; harder sessions are a competitive outlet and a chance to challenge myself and gain personal mastery. Racing is probably the most compelling part of the equation: equal parts competition and comradery with like-minded people.

Nickolas Kosmenko – Marathon

I am from Cranberry Portage, MB, and am currently finishing my final year of eligibility with the University of Manitoba Bisons cross country and track & field teams in Winnipeg, MB.  I am also completing my PhD in Applied Health Sciences, examining the factors influencing university sport participation among First Nations athletes from rural and remote communities in Manitoba.

Why I Run

One of the main reasons I run is because I like having goals that challenge me physically and mentally.  I think distance running offers a lot of these challenges, like cross country races where it’s cold, snowing, and windy; the monotony and repetition of the training involved; winters that seem to stretch on and on as we curse the snowdrifts during easy runs; and finding ways out of other obligations that keep us from our running goals.

Chris Schwarz – Marathon

Chris Schwarz is a masters runner based in Edmonton, Alberta.

He ran his first marathon in 2006 and is gradually getting faster as he ages.

At age 49, he set new PBs in all distances from 10km to marathon including a sub-2:40 marathon and a sub 1:15 half marathon.

On May 22, 2020 he will be turning 50 and entering a new age group.  He has his eye on the Alberta and Canadian masters records for the marathon in the 50-55 age group.

Why I run Marathons:

I am a big believer in mental toughness.  To grow you must suffer.  The marathon is the perfect event to push your limits and see what you are capable of.  For this reason, I constantly push myself to see what my limits are and what I can achieve.  My sub 2:40 marathon is just the tip of the iceberg for me.  I won’t stop until I’ve got a national age group record.