Men’s Half Marathon record falls... Vancouver, BC – May 5, 2013 - Today under brilliant sunny skies in its 42nd year, the BMO Vancouver Marathon welcomed runners from 43 countries with 16,390 runners registered to participate in four events. A record fell, new titles were awarded, spectators flocked in numbers to cheer in 12 Vancouver neighbourhoods, and thousands of volunteers contributed to the success of the event.
Spokane, Washington—It wasn't easy, but in the end Belete Assefa managed a decisive surge that carried him away from Kenyan Emmanuel Bett to become the first Ethiopian male champion in the 37-year history of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. Buzunesh Deba, meanwhile, made it three in a row for Ethiopian women at Bloomsday, as she shook off a determined effort by fellow Ethiopian Makida Adbela heading up Doomsday Hill, then cruised to a comfortable victory over the final two-and-a-half miles to the finish.
Spokane, Washington—Last year Kenyan Allan Kiprono cruised to an 18-second victory to capture the Bloomsday title, but this year his task will be much harder. Kiprono will be surrounded by a talented group of runners who have their own sights set on the Bloomday crown, including past champions Simon Ndirangu and Gilbert Okari, as well as newcomer Emmanuel Bett, who ran the fastest 10,000 meters in the world in 2012.