male winner: Ted Hawes; 2:33:02
female winner: Sandra LeClaire; 3:18:03
This, the inaugural event, was a qualifier for the Marathon event of the Western Canada Summer Games. The event was hosted and organized by the Saskatoon Road Runners Association (established in 1975). The organizers of the Western Canada Summer Games needed an event to determine Saskatchewan qualifiers but also wanted to have a “trial run” of the course and the event generally to iron out any kinks.
There were 66 runners entered for the event and 53 finished. The top five finishers were 31 years of age or older and the winner was 37 years old.
The entry fee was $5.00 (late entries: $10.00). A special rate of $29 per night was available at the host hotel, the Bessborough.
Three time marathoner, Rick Hindmarsh, was asked before the race about “the wall” that marathoners hit at about the 20 mile mark. He said that at that point, he would “…say the marathoner’s prayer: May the wall have a doorway!”. He went on to finish 37th in a time of 3:30:22.
cloudy, rain showers
9am wind: northwest 19Kmh, 7am: 5°C, 11am: 11°C
The first year route map
Crossing 8th Street at Arlington Avenue
1979 Partial Results