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First-timer wins
Fall Colours Marathon

By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

Gatineau resident Marco Coté crosses the finish line in 3:00.05 to win the 2018 Fall Colours Marathon. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Gatineau 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.

The optimal conditions allowed Coté to complete the 42.2 km course in a smidgen over three hours.

“Five 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.”

Although 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.

“My 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.”

Two 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.

The top local finisher in the men’s marathon was Robert Dewar from Gloucester who placed 15th in a time of 4:02.48.

Meliisa Bunn from Ottawa was top female runner at this year's Fall Colours Marathon. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The 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's 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 child.

“To 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.”

Gatineau 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 4:04.17.

Other results include...

- Geoffrey Carter, Kingston, 1st in the 20-24 age group (3:31.48);
- Jason Bender, Kirkland, 1st in the 40-44 age group (3:36.10);
- Nicholas Hinsperger, Chelsea, 1st in the 30-34 age group (3:38.42);
- 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 (4:08.24);
- Xaria Wong, Ottawa, 1st in the women’s 30-34 age group (4:15.44);
- Lynn Casimiro, Cumberland, 1st in the women’s 45-49 age group (4:27.38).

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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