Ethiopia’s Dino Sefir ran Ottawa Marathon men’s title in the fastest time, finishing the race trek with a time of 2:08:14. Koren Jelela crossed the finish line on women’s title after 2:27:06. 

Ottawa, Canada―Hot and humid temperatures forced a detour for some runners today at the 2016 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon.

Shortly after 11 a.m. at around the 4-hour mark of the race, officials made a weather-based decision to close a roughly 10 kilometer stretch of the marathon course to remaining runners returning to Ottawa from Gatineau via the Alexandra Bridge. At their pace this meant about 1 ¼ hours less time on the roads at what would be the hottest point in the day, with expected humidex readings as high as 40 degrees C.

It was a different story in the earlier part of the day, where spectators witnessed an Ethiopian sweep in both the men’s and women’s categories

Hot weather conditions didn’t do much to slow down the frontrunners and Rio Olympic Games hopefuls, who delivered some of the marathon’s strongest performances ever. Ottawa was a preferred destination for many elite-level athletes looking to secure an Olympics berth. Even in warmer than usual weather, five racers made the grade today.

Frontrunner Ethiopian Dino Sefir, 28, crossed the finish line in 2:08:14, nearly two full minutes ahead of fellow Ethiopian Shura Kitata, 19, who ran 2:10:04. Kenyan Dominic Ondoro rounded out the top three with a time of 2:11:39.

All three of the top female finishers this year were Ethiopians. Koren Jelela, 29, ran 2:27:06. She beat last year’s winner, 32-year-old Aberu Mekuria, who came in at 2:29:51. Third place finisher was Sechale Dalasa, 24, with a time of 2:32:46.

Top Canadian woman was Tarah Korir, 29, with a time of 2:35:46. Korir was paced by her husband Wesley Korir, former Boston and Chicago marathon winner and no stranger to Ottawa’s marathon course. She was followed by Neasa Coll, 33, from Vancouver with a time of 2:46:16 and Brittany Moran, 28, from Etobicoke with 2:48:35.

Top Canadian man this year was Kip Kangogo, 36, from Lethbridge, who ran 2:21:23. John Parrott, 29, from Guelph, Ontario and Aaron Cooper, 30, from Camlachie, Ontario came in second and third, with times of 2:26:10 and 2:28:12 respectively.

Results: Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Source: Run Ottawa
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