Despite cloudy skies, almost 56,000 people ran, jogged and walked in the Vancouver Sun Run, the annual spring event that celebrated a quarter century yesterday.
“I really wanted to be here for the 25th anniversary,” said Elsie Wollaston, 65, who was walking in her sixth Sun Run, her second on an artificial hip.
“It’s life changing,” said Wollaston. “Being able to walk 10K and what I hope will be a personal record.”
In all 55,858 people took part in the run, about 3,000 fewer than last year.
Davina Barlow, 26, and Ryan Lacey, 27, moved to Vancouver from Australia a day before last year’s Sun Run and had waited all year to take part.
“There’s good energy,” Lacey said. “It’s a great party atmosphere.”
Kenya-born Willy Kimosop, who runs for Lethbridge College, won the race with a time of 29:04. The top female finisher, Abedu Gelan of Ethiopia, finished in a time of 34:05.
The top locals were Richard Mosley of Coquitlam, 29:41, and Kristina Rody of Burnaby, 34:28.