Keeping true to its name, Sun Run participants yesterday had bright, warm conditions to keep them motivated in the second-largest timed 10-kilometre run in North America.

More than 50,000 people crowded the streets for the 26th annual run.

Honouring Mother’s Day, some runners donned “I love mom” shirts and posters.

“The sunny weather brought so many spectators holding ‘go mom’ signs,” said Christa White, a participant from Victoria.

Another participant, Andrea Gielty from Vancouver, said she was glad her mom came down to cheer her on, which kept her going in the hot weather.

With a time of 29:02, Kenyan runner Kip Kangogo, who lives in Lethbridge, Alta., finished first overall.

Former Olympian Malindi Elmore of Kelowna won the women’s top spot, finishing the 10-kilometre race in 33:06.

The top local winners for both men and women were two runners from Burnaby: Richard Mosley, who finished seventh; and Kristina Rody, who finished fourth.

In her fifth year doing the Sun Run, Gielty said this is the best weather they’ve had, adding that the warm weather made it more challenging.

“It’s hotter than you could predict ... although I prefer this over the rain and cold any day.”

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