Year 25 – 2003

Male winner: Kevin Morgans; 2:42:40
Female winner: Brandi Pozniak; 3:24:17

Spokane’s Kevin Morgans won his first-ever marathon, beating previous champion, Brian Michasiw (2:44:23) by 1 minute 43 seconds. Two-time champ, Vince Cole, still recovering from a foot injury, finished third, eleven minutes back.

Brandi Pozniak dramatically improved her marathon time of two years ago (4:22:46), in winning the womens division this year. “I’d run 2:46 in Red Deer (in July) and I wanted to do it faster”, she said.

Colette Bourgonje was first across the finish line in her wheelchair, in 2:04:45.

Winners in the half-marathon and 10Km events, respectively, were Dave Hardy (1:16:00), Andria Dyck (1:25:55), Jason Warick (32:43) and Wendy Chrusch (42:14).

A record 947 athletes took part in one of the three events, which again ended at Griffith’s Stadium, after a nearby start. With about two kilometres to go, runners were forced to run up the University Bridge, eastward.

9am wind: south 15Kmh, 7am: 8°C, 11am: 22°C

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