David Mutai came to Saskatoon for one purpose: To run fast.And that’s exactly what he did at Sunday’s Saskatchewan Marathon.The 33-year-old elite athlete from Toronto took advantage of cool and calm race conditions to cross the finish line in first place, smashing a 25-year-old event record in the process.Mutai finished in a time of 2:22:09, well below the previous event record of 2:25:03 set by Bruce Raymer in 1994.He led the race from the beginning and ran alone for most of the event, finishing ahead of second-place runner Matt Setlack by more than 12 minutes. Setlack finished in 2:34:40.“Maybe I would have run faster if there was somebody to push on with,” Mutai said following his victory.Saskatchewan is Mutai’s third marathon — and third marathon win. He started racing the distance this spring and made his debut at the Waterloo Marathon in April, where he won with time of 2:33. A week later, on May 5, he crossed the line first at the Mississauga Marathon in a time of 2:27.The Running Room sponsored athlete said he wanted to better his time, and saw that the Saskatchewan Marathon was advertised as being flat and fast, so he signed up. He said the course had more hills than he expected, but he was happy with the race and how he ran.He didn’t know he had set an event record until a race organizer told him as he walked away from the finish.Mutai said plans to run even faster next month at the Manitoba Marathon, which is happening in Winnipeg on June 16.“Every time I do a marathon I want to do my best,” he said.
David Mutai who finished first in the mens full marathon celebrates during the Saskatchewan Marathon between Diefenbaker Park and Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Sk on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
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On the women’s side, Celeste Cross Child of Saskatoon won with a time of 3:18:58.After crossing the line she was embraced by her husband, Tarrant Cross Child, a previous Saskatchewan Marathon victor.Celeste, 39, said she has lost track of how many marathons she has run and how many times she has competed in events at the Saskatchewan Marathon — she’s been racing “since before Google.”She said the Saskatchewan Marathon is always one of her favourite events because she enjoys racing at home where she can see her family at the finish.“I love Saskatoon and I’m thankful that we can have such a running community in Saskatoon to run with,” she said.She said she particularly enjoyed this year’s course, which saw runners traversing back and forth across the Traffic Bridge, which opened in the fall. Last year, runners were routed around the construction zone that surrounded the bridge.In the half marathon, Regina runner Marc Turmel took the men’s side in 1:15. Yorkton athlete Brooke MacDonald, who won last year’s Saskatchewan Marathon, was first for the women in a time of 1:23.More than 2,500 runners were at Diefenbaker Park to compete in one of the Saskatchewan Marathon’s events on Sunday. Another 1,600 children took part in the Marafun, an initiative that begins with a 10-week running program and ends with them running 2.2 kilometres on the Saskatchewan Marathon course.
Celeste Cross Child who finished first in women’s full marathon runs towards the finish line during the Saskatchewan Marathon between Diefenbaker Park and Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Sk on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
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ResultsMen’s MarathonDavid Mutai 2:22:09 Matt Setlck 2:34:40 Adam Buzinski 2:37:26 Michael Schnare 2:41:05 Tanner Schatz 2:44:44 Women’s MarathonCeleste Cross Child 3:18:58 Jordin Wilyman 3:28:47 Felicia Brewster 3:34:46 Kathy Pickert 3:44:44 Meghan Hamp 3:47:22 Men’s Half MarathonMarc Turmel 1:15:46 Jon Fernandes 1:16:12 Daniel Block 1:17:07 Mark Berscheid 1:20:03 Wyatt Kuntz 1:22:57 Women’s Half MarathonBrooke MacDonald 1:23:04 Cosette Lemelin 1:27:40 Andreane Belanger 1:29:42 Kimberly Davy 1:32:46 Karen Lawson 1:33:19 Men’s 10 kilometreNicolas Jirot 33:54 Michael Stewart 34:03 Jared Welsh 34:12 Asher Brandt 35:11 Matt Johnson 36:20 Women’s 10 kilometreKaytlyn Criddle 37:11 Lisa Stewart 38:56 Elizabeth Tomczak 39:45 Hillary Mehlhorn 40:57 Jennifer Kripki 42:48 Men’s five kilometreMaktar Said 16:22 Kyle Caie 17:21 Trevor Jacek 18:18 Mike Orsini 18:47 Slowson Olson 19:31 Women’s five kilometreCourtney Moffatt 19:41 Gabriella Antaya 19:52 Natalia Bidulka 20:17 Kimberly Filson 21:32 Pam Cummings 22:37 email@example.comTwitter.com/MsAndreaHill