News & Releases >> Sep 26 2010
We've always known that the Toronto Waterfront Marathon is fast, but the 2010 event outdid itself, producing a bevy of records and times that have not been achieved in North America in a number of years. It will be tough for anyone to argue that the Toronto Waterfront Marathon stands as one of the fastest and most competitive marathons in North America, on par with Chicago, Houston and Boston.
In the men's race, Kenneth Mungara took his third consecutive marathon title and bested the record (2:08:32) he set during his 2009 win for the fastest marathon ever run on Canadian soil. Mungara's time, 2:07:57, ranks as one of the fastest ever run in North America and faster times in North America have only been run in recent years at the Boston, Chicago and Houston Marathons; and not in New York since 2001. Jafred Chrichir of Kenya finished second in 2:08:09. Daniel Rono, the 2006 champion whose achievements also include a third place finish at the 2008 New York City Marathon (2:11:22) and runner-up finish at the Boston Marathon (2:09:32), finished in third place in 2:08:14.
As the men had done, the women crushed the record for fastest marathon run on Canadian soil with four beating the previous mark set by Lidia Simon at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton. A close race was won by a single second as Sharon Cherop set a significant personal best to win in 2:22:42, one second ahead of Tirfi Tsegaye who took second place in 2:22:43. Merima Mohammed finished third in 2:23:06. To add perspective, these were the fastest women's times run in North America since the 2006 Chicago Marathon when three women (Berhane Adere, Galina Bogomolova and Benita Johnson) ran sub 2:21. These times had not been achieved in New York since 2003 or Boston since 2002.
Also at Toronto Waterfront, Reid Coolsaet ran the fastest time that a Canadian has ever run on Canadian soil, a personal best of 2:11:23. And, Ed Whitlock (who we'll remember ran 2:54:48 for the marathon as a 70 year-old), continued to prove that at 79 he can still run better than most at any age as he set the world record for a half-marathon by a 79 year-old: 1:34:27.