Toronto’s Fekensa Bayisa Wins Manitoba Marathon
WINNIPEG, MB – Teresa Fekensa Bayisa of Toronto grabbed the lead early and cruised to victory in the 39th running of the full Manitoba Marathon on Sunday morning.
As a crew of almost 12,000 competed in this year’s various events — full marathon, half-marathon, 10-kilometre run and the super run – Bayisa won the big race by more than a full minute over Jeremy Walker of East St. Paul, Man. – two hours, 38 minutes and three seconds to 2:39:07.
Jeff Sacco of Winnipeg, who was fifth last year, finished third this year in a time of 2:44:21. He ran it in 2:55:46 last year so a big improvement for Sacco.
Daniel Heschuk of Neepawa completed the half-marathon in 1:09:45 to win that event by almost three minutes. Michael Middlemiss of Regina was second in 1:12:29.
Emily Ratzlaff of Winnipeg won the women’s marathon in a time of 3:14:38 while Jaclyn Adamson of Winnipeg won the women’s half-marathon in 1:23:37.
Perhaps the most intriguing story of the event belonged to Teddi Sweatman of Winnipeg. She finished third in the women’s 10-kilometre race in a time of 44:37.6. That also put her in first place in the women’s 65-69 age group.
The run started at the University of Manitoba and ended inside Investors Group Field. The runners, almost unanimously, enjoyed running inside the stadium.
Men’s full marathon:
1.) Teresa Fekensa Bayisa (2:38:03) — Toronto
2.) Jeremy Walker (2:39:07) — East St. Paul
3.) Jeff Sacco (2:44:21) — Winnipeg
1.) Daniel Heschuk (1:09:45) — Neepawa
2.) Michael Middlemiss (1:12:29) — Regina
3,) Davit Hagos Kidane (1:13:08) — Brandon
Women’s full marathon:
1.) Emily Ratzlaff (3:14:38) — Winnipeg
2.) Ali Cummings (3:16:19) — Sudbury
3.) Rebecca Cunnane (3:16:36) — Winnipeg
1.) Jaclyn Adamson (1:23:37) — Winnipeg
2.) Emma Kusch Dahle (1:25:53) — Winnipeg
3.) Kristjana Britton (1:26:48) — Winnipeg
- Sebastien Klassen (38:56.9) — Winkler
- Levi Warkentine (39:08.4) – Winkler
- Darren Dujlovic (40:22.1) – Winnipeg
- Amanda Johnston (41:12.7) – Victoria
- Shayna Giesbrecht (43:31.9) – Winnipeg
- Teddi Sweatman (44:37.6) – Winnipeg (F65-69 age group)
Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photos by James Carey Lauder