Ethiopian Gelete Burka topples Canadian and Ottawa marathon records winning the women’s title of the 2018 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. Fellow Yemane Tsegay wins the men’s title. Another fellow Ethiopian Andamlak Berta wins the 10,000m men’s title

OTTAWA, ON (Run Ottawa)―The star of today’s Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon was 32-year-old Ethiopian Gelete Burka, whose finish time of 2:22:17 handily shattered both Canadian (2:22:43) and Ottawa (2:24:31) women’s records.

Fellow Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay, 33, placed first in the men’s field with a time of 2:08:52. The current marathon course record holder led a pack of four men who competed fiercely throughout the race to finish with sub-2:10 times.

Canadian champions today were Tristan Woodfine, 24, who finished with 2:18:55, and Kait Toohey, 30, who came in at 2:45:07.

“This year’s field of elite women started fast and sustained an impressive pace through much of the race,” said Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “Eventually Gelete Burka pulled ahead and tore up the course for a dramatic record-breaking finish.”

“Run Ottawa is thrilled with this year’s results,” said John Halvorsen, President of Run Ottawa and Race Director of Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “We were proud to host another outstanding field of elite athletes and to organize six race events for more than 33,000 participants of all ages. Our thanks also go to those who raised funds for charities and the 2,500-plus volunteers who made Canada’s biggest race weekend possible.”

2018 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon results
1. Yemane Tsegay (ETH) 2:08:52
2. John Kipkosgei Korir (KEN) 2:09:14
3. Adugna Takele (ETH) 2:09:26

1. Gelete Burka (ETH) 2:22:17
2. Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 2:26:11
3. Sara Hall (USA) 2:26:20

Ethiopian Andamlak Berta wins 2018 Ottawa 10K

Elite athletes predicted to finish strong didn’t disappoint tonight at the Ottawa 10K race in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

First place in the men’s category was 19-year-old Ethiopian Andamlak Berta with a time of 27:48. Alia Mohammed, 27, from United Arab Emirates was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 31:36. Despite both the men and women going out at world record pace, neither broke the Ottawa 10K race course records in the end.

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