From Kelowna Capital News
Under near perfect conditions on Sunday, the 19th running of the BMO Okanagan Marathon saw first-time winners on both the men's and women's sides, local runners who claimed titles, veterans who continues to churn out the miles and great stories of perseverance.
Camrose runner Brendan Lunty finished first to become the new Okanagan Marathon champion finishing with a time of 2:30:28, the best time at the event in the past three years.
Merritt's Hans Aabye and Scott Tremblay of Kaleden finished second and third overall.
On the women’s side, Calgary runner Allison Blackmore won in her first appearance at the BMO Okanagan Marathon with a personal best time of 3:05:52. It was her first time winning a marathon in her fifth full race.
The men’s half marathon also saw a new champion crowned when Matt Mead of Salmon Arm finished first. Leading a strong contingent of locals was Christi Lovig of Kelowna who won the women's half marathon.
The 10K men’s run was won by Kelowna runner John Gay followed by Kelowna runners Sean Bergman and Jeff Vogt. First place in the women’s event went to Melissa Currie with Kelowna’s Natasha Lunt coming in second followed by Chelsea Bergman also of Kelowna.
Photo credit, marathon-photos.com