Alberta runners stole the show in the elite races at Sunday’s MacPass Miles on the Macdonald Bridge.
Kip Kangogo of Lethbridge, Alta., won on the men’s side, while Jen Kemp of Edmonton was first for the women.
Kangogo, originally from Kenya and a late addition to the race, finished in a time of 4:06, just edging out New Brunswick’s Adam Kellar, who runs at the University of Windsor.
Kemp won in a time of 4:47, five seconds faster than 2009 winner Jess O’Connell of the University of West Virginia.
Each elite race had only six competitors — fewer than what was originally scheduled for.
One of the runners who didn’t compete was Halifax’s Geoff Harris, who was battling a slight hamstring injury suffered from nationals late last week.
Event director Grant Walker said Harris’s coach wanted him to rest up for tonight’s Aileen Meagher International Track Classic at Huskies Stadium.
Overall, between 700 and 750 runners took part, a record amount for the event’s 16th edition.