Dundas marathoner chases winner to finish line

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Winner Bernard Onsare (Photo: Calgary Marathon)

Dundas native Brendan Kenny ran to a second place finish in the men’s division of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on Sunday (May 27).

Kenny crossed the finish line in 2:28:57.59 while elite marathoner Bernard Onsare tore across the finish line, handily taking down a 21-year race record with a finish time of 2:22:47.35. Third place went to Graeme Wilson of Vancouver in 2:31:03.82.

Three weeks ago, the 26-year-old high school teacher, claimed his second straight GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. He ran that challenge in 2:27:56.6 seconds.

Onsare, who was a last minute addition to the race, is originally from Kenya, but his finish Sunday took place on a day that also marks his four-year anniversary as a Calgarian. The previous race record of 2:23:49 was held by Kelvin Broad.

The 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon brought out more than 11,000 runners to Stampede Park. The event raised more than $700,000 for the 51 charities registered with the race.

Tanaya Gallagher of Phoenix, Arizona set a best time of 2:54:24.32 to take first place in the women’s category, followed by Ronke Babatunder of Edmonton, Alberta and Stephanie Murphy of Calgary, Alberta.