8:30 a.m., Oct. 8)
Fall Colours Marathon
By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star
resident Marco Coté crosses the finish
line in 3:00.05 to win the 2018 Fall Colours
Marathon. Fred Sherwin/Photo
resident Marco Coté picked the perfect time and place to
run his first marathon. The weather for the annual Fall
Colours Marathon, which begins and ends at the Cumberland
Heritage Village Museum, was a cool but comfortable 14 degrees
on Sunday with light winds.
optimal conditions allowed Coté to complete the 42.2 km
course in a smidgen over three hours.
seconds, ahh man,” Coté said referring to how close he
came to break-ing the three-hour mark. “I didn’t really
have a time in mind coming in, but would have been nice
to go under three hours.”
he didn’t run under three hours, Coté’s finishing time
did manage to qualify him for the 2020 Boston Marathon
in the 45-49 age group by nearly 20 minutes.
goal was to just have fun. I’ve been training for the
Ironman Triathlon and this was a good place to run a marathon
and now my aim is to go to Boston too.”
other runners also managed to run under the Boston Marathon
qualifying time. Brett Ryan from Mississippi Mills finished
second in a time of 3:09.42 and Shawn Kennedy from Ottawa
placed third in a time of 3:22.47.
top local finisher in the men’s marathon was Robert Dewar
from Gloucester who placed 15th in a time of 4:02.48.
top female competitor was Ottawa resident Melissa Bunn.
Not only was she the top woman, she placed fourth overall,
beating out all but three of the male runners.
Bunn from Ottawa was top female runner at
this year's Fall Colours Marathon. Fred Sherwin/Photo
finishing time of 3:26.15 was 14 minutes under her previous
personal best and four minutes under the women’s qualifying
time for the 2020 Boston Marathon of 3:30.00. Not bad
considering she only started seriously training for the
event four months ago following the birth of her second
be honest it really hasn’t sunken in yet," Munn said
after the race. "My goal was 3:30.00, but I’ve never
run under 3:50.00 before. So to do it in 3:26.00 is pretty
overwhelming. I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.”
resident Nancy Girard, was the second woman to cross the
finish line, doing so in a time of 3:47.56, and Lyse Hebert,
also from Gatineau, finished third in a time of 3:55.51
which also happens to be nine minutes under the Boston
Marathon qualifying time for women in her age group 55-59.
The top local finisher in the women’s marathon was Manon
Simard from Cumberland who placed fourth in a time of
Geoffrey Carter, Kingston, 1st in the 20-24 age group
Jason Bender, Kirkland, 1st in the 40-44 age group (3:36.10);
Nicholas Hinsperger, Chelsea, 1st in the 30-34 age group
- Joey Correia, Maple, first in the 50-54 age group (4:09.42);
Candace Tieney, Ottawa, 1st in the women’s 20-25 age group
- Xaria Wong, Ottawa, 1st in the women’s 30-34 age group
- Lynn Casimiro, Cumberland, 1st in the women’s 45-49
age group (4:27.38).
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)