Thousands of runners and walkers took part in the Mississauga Marathon yesterday as one of the fastest-growing races in the country saw an 11 per cent rise in participants.

There were 13,484 registered participants for the seventh annual event, which included a marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 10K student relay, 5K, 2K family fun run/walk, and a relay.

Daniel Njenga broke the tape with a time of 2:20:36.5 to win the men’s marathon, while Allison Hobeika had a time of 3:08:46.5 to take the women’s title.

Philip Rotich and Lucas McAneney crossed the finish line in second and third in the men’s category, while Julie Cummings and Daniela Fiumara finished second and third for the women.

In addition to the record number of participants, this year’s event also had record numbers of volunteers, with more than 1,500 individuals donating their time and services.