Year 18 – 1996

Male winner: Ron Balezantis; 2:48:51
Female winner: Sharyn Hewitt; 3:09:55

Using the same course as in the previous four years, there were about 200 competitors in this year’s event.

mostly cloudy
9am winds: south 7Km, 7am: 5°C, 11am: 17°C

Sharyn Hewitt won the women’s marathon for the third straight year. Although injuries slowed down her training in the previous year, Hewitt was pleased with her result, coming in five seconds under her goal time of 3:10:00.

Kathy Griffiths was the winner of the women’s half-marathon, in a time of 1:22:56. The men’s half-marathon featured one of the closest finishes ever, with Gerald Romme (1:12:27) barely pulling away from Erik Thauberger (1:12:43).

The Child Hunger and Education Program (CHEP) was a big winner in this year’s Star Phoenix Saskatchewan Marathon as the official charity. As well, NDP MLA Bob Pringle received permission to run his first marathon (5:09:20) in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He raised nearly $5000.

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