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Posted: June 27, 2022::  

Athletics: >The Vancouver Half Marathon Draws Over 4,000 and Earns $515, 000 for Charity

Ben Preisner and Jen Millar win gold in provincial championships

VANCOUVER, June 26, 2022 — On Sunday, June 26, 2022, more than 3,500 participants took part in the Vancouver Half Marathon, hosted by Canada Running Series (CRS), with another nearly 600 completing their races virtually. The half marathon race, which doubled as the 2022 BC Half Marathon Championships, debuted a new course this year, which started at UBC and finished at a new finish line in Kitsilano. The event has raised $515,000 raised to date (including prizing).

“The excitement on the course today was tremendous, with participants taking part in this classic summer race for the first time since 2019,” said Ryan Chilibeck, Race Director at Canada Running Series West. “The temperature throughout the race was higher than the recent norm, but that couldn’t deter our resilient running community, who thankfully always show up for us on race day. We’re incredibly grateful to our many volunteers who lent their Sunday morning to help us put on a memorable event and kept our participants safe despite the heat.”

The Vancouver Half Marathon Charity Challenge was back this year, inviting participants to fundraise for any of the 43 official charity partners in a dedicated effort to support the local community. With a focused sustainability lens and goal of reducing the environmental impact of its races, this year Canada Running Series partnered with two environmentally focused charities, Trees for Life and the Trans Canada Trail. Aiming to raise $600,000, this year’s Charity Challenge is accepting donations until midnight on Monday, July 25, 2022.

“At the end of a 40K run, your legs are always a little bit jelly, but it was awesome having the crowd out there, getting back into that race feeling,” said Tokyo Olympian Ben Preisner, who ran 17 km early in morning before claiming the win. This race served as an important build for Preisner as he prepares to represent Canada at the World Marathon Champions in Eugene, Oregon in three weeks. He continued on to say that he is “super grateful for Canada Running Series for the event. It was awesome to have a race in the city that I live in.”

Defending champion, Preisner, took over the lead seven kilometres into the race before taking gold in 1:05:15, claiming both the race title and the crown at the BC Half Marathon Championships. Brendan Wong came in at 1:07:23 to take second place, with Mohamed Aagab close behind to win third in 1:07:38. In the women’s division, Vancouver’s Samantha Jory surprised with the win in 1:18:19, despite not starting the race with elite status. Not far behind, Victoria’s Jen Millar finished in 1:18:53, securing the BC Half Marathon Championships title. Danielle Thiel crossed the finish line soon after, taking bronze 1:19:15. “I would say exhilarating...I had no idea,” said Jory about how it felt to win. “I’m feeling a lot of gratitude to be running in the city with locals cheering us on. It was lovely. I love the ambience. I love the experience and I’m very thankful for the volunteers.”

For more information about the Vancouver Half Marathon, please visit: VancouverHalf.com.

Men’s Half Marathon Winners:
1. Benjamin Priesner – 1:05:49
2. Brendan Wong – 1:07:23
3. Mohamed Aagab – 1:07:38

Women’s Half Marathon Winners:
1. Samantha Jory – 1:18:19
2. Jen Millar – 1:18:53
3. Danielle Thiel – 1:19:15

Men’s 5K Winners:
1. Thibault Niederhauser – 00:15:28
2. Thomas Ditchfield – 00:16:48
3. Caleb Graham – 00:17:02

Women’s 5K Winners:
1. Megan Crocker – 00:18:47
2. Emma Jean Neal – 00:19:12
3. Glynis Milne – 00:19:22

About Canada Running Series

Canada Running Series is the nation’s premier running circuit with seven events: four in Toronto, two in Vancouver and one in Montreal. It annually attracts over 70,000 participants and raises more than $6 million for some 320 mostly local charities. The Series includes the World Athletics Gold Label TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon and the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships. Since 1999, CRS has gained international recognition for innovation and organization.

We are passionately committed to staging great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians and international stars to healthy lifestyle people and charity runners, and to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. Our mission is, “building community through the sport of running.” For more information about Canada Running Series, please visit: CanadaRunningSeries.com.


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