By Gary Kingston, Vancouver Sun
As a long-distance runner, young Keddi-Anne Sherbino seems to have a little bit of Forrest Gump in her.
The 21-year-old winner of the women’s division of Sunday’s BMO Vancouver Marathon is self-coached and somewhat bewildered at her capacity to pound the pavement like the wind blows.
She doesn’t use a watch to keep track of her pace and is flouting marathon convention, the tenet that says runners generally transition to the 42.2-kilometre distance later in their careers.
“That’s what I keep hearing,” giggled the bubbly South Delta native shortly after clocking an impressive time of two hours, 43 minutes, 38 seconds in just her second ever marathon. “I’m trying to do things differently.
Bernard Onsare, a Kenyan-born Calgary resident who is working on his Canadian citizenship, won the men’s race for the second time in three years, clocking 2:19:59 under perfect early-morning conditions — sunny and relatively cool.