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Gillis and Bazeley Win National Championship at Banque Scotia 21K and 5K de Montréal 2012

4,700 runners raise $525,000 and counting for 31 local charities

Montreal, QC — (04/29/2012) — For the third year, the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal served as the Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships and helped kick off the 2012 Canadian Championship Series. The 4,700 runners who took to the scenic route of Parc-Jean Drapeau today raised over $525,000 for 31 local charities.

While the beautiful sunny skies were perfect for today's Banque Scotia 21K and 5K de Montréal, the cool temperatures and brisk northerly winds made for a tactical race. London Olympic Marathon bound Eric Gillis of Guelph surged away from Athletic Toronto's Matt Loiselle over the final 800m to take the 2012 Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships for a time of 64:38. Loiselle was eight seconds back and a valiant Rejean Chiasson of New Brunswick hung on for 3rd at 64:54. Newfoundland's Kate Bazeley ran a strong solo effort, leading from start to finish taking the women's title in 1:16:34. London Ontario's Leslie Sexton was 2nd at 1:16:54 and Nova Scotia's Erin Maclean was 3rd at 1:17:02.

“It was tough out there on my own in the wind,” said Bazeley. “But I'm really happy, this is my first major victory.” Gillis will take a break for the next two weeks before beginning his training for the London Olympic Marathon which takes place on August 12th.

“We had some of Canada's elite runners vying for the Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships this year, and today's race was an inspiration for marathon enthusiasts across the board,” said Francois Lecot, Race Director, Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k. “All participants today should be extremely proud of their achievements, both through the sport of running and for raising much-needed funds for worthy causes in the community.”

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge raised more than $525,000 as of press time, surpassing its $450,000 target goal. This remarkable achievement exceeds last year's total of $395,000.

“Today's race was truly a success as runners and supporters alike demonstrated an outstanding combination of athleticism and community spirit, while raising $525,000 through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge,” said Carole Chapdelaine, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region. “Participants in this year's Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal share Scotiabank's commitment to supporting charitable organizations in the community, and it's inspiring to see that more than $1.3 million has been raised through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge since it was introduced to the race four years ago.”

Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal Results / Athletics Canada National Half-Marathon Championships Results:

Half-Marathon Male



1. Eric Gillis (Guelph)             1:04:38
2. Matt Loiselle Toronto)           1:04:46
3. Rejean Chiasson (Toronto)        1:04:54

Half-Marathon Female

1. Kate Bazeley (St-John's)         1:16:34
2. Leslie Sexton (London)           1:16:54
3. Erin Maclean (Beechville)        1:17:02

5k Results

5K Male

1. Charles Khazoon (Sherbrooke)       15:33     
2. Gabriel Legault (Boucherville)     15:53 
3. Olivier Babineau (Dieppe)          15:54

5K Female

1. Manon Letourneau (Quebec)          17:11
2. Dominique Roy (Montreal)           18:02
3. Beatrice Ouellet (Riviere-du-Loup) 19:17

For more highlights and complete race results, please visit www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf_en/.

To see a list of charities involved in the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, please visit www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf_en/montCHARITY.htm.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around the world over the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

About Canada Running Series/Circuit du Canada

Canada Running Series is the country's most-prestigious running circuit, with 8 major events hosted in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2011, CRS attracted 60,000 participants who raised more than $6.5 million for 238 local charities in the three cities. Information at www.RunCRS.ca.

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Coolsaet and Brown Take Home Title of Half-Marathon Champions at the Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal

More than $355,000 raised for 24 community causes

Reid Coolsaet wins the 2011 Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal

Montreal — April 17, 2011 — At the Canadian Half-Marathon Championship and the Banque Scotia 21k et 5k de Montreal this morning, Reid Coolsaet and Megan Brown raced against the wind and took home the title of Canadian Half-Marathon Champions. In its ninth year and despite the wind and cold weather, the event brought more than 3,500 runners to Parc Jean-Drapeau where spectators cheered on their favourite runner and collectively raised more than $355,000 for local charities.

Coolsaet, Canada's top ranked marathon runner who has already achieved the qualifying standard for 2012, broke away from defending champion Matt Loiselle at the 13k mark and never looked back. In the women's race, Toronto's Megan Brown managed to break away halfway through the race from Windsor's Dayna Pidhoresky.

“Today's race is an inspiring one for Canadians, for runners, and for Montreal's community,” said race director François Lecot. “We had the very best of our half-marathon championship contenders at Parc Jean-Drapeau, one of Montreal's most scenic landmarks.”

“Once again, the Banque Scotia 21k et 5k de Montréal proved to be a fantastic success, thanks to the amazing support from the entire community," said François Camirand, Area Vice-President Commercial at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is very proud of the runners, volunteers, and spectators who came together in celebration of community and athleticism.”

Megan Brown wins the 2011 Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal

In what proved to be a highly anticipated half-marathon field, Reid Coolsaet of Guelph was crowned top male runner, finishing in 1:04:54. Megan Brown of Toronto finished in 1:14:08 in the women's competition.

Results:

Half-Marathon Male

    1. Reid Coolsaet  (Guelph)          1:04:54
    2. Matt Loiselle  (Toronto)         1:05:28
    3. Said Ali-Hadji  (Montreal)       1:06:48

Half-Marathon Female

    1. Megan Brown (Toronto)            1:14:08
    2. Dayna Pidhoresky (Tecumseh)      1:15:03
    3. Emily Kroshus  (Boston)          1:17:42

Now in its fourth year, the Banque Scotia 21 k de Montréal serves as the Canadian Half-Marathon Championships and helps kick off the 2011 Canadian Championship Series.

Reid Coolsaet wins the 2011 Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal

"The top Canadian runners competed today which shows that Montreal is the place to be to see some of the best runners in the world today,” added Canada Running Series Race Director Alan Brookes. "It was an unforgettable day, as both a run and a great cause.”

Finishing ahead of strong competition, Reid Coolsaet and Megan Brown also took the 21k Canadian Championship title, in the men and women categories.

“The windy conditions were very challenging, but it was a fun race,” said Reid Coolsaet. “Matt Loiselle really helped me push the pace.”

Megan Brown wins the 2011 Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal

Results:

Canadian Championship Male

    1. Reid Coolsaet  (Guelph)         1:04:54
    2. Matt Loiselle  (Toronto)        1:05:28
    3. Rejean Chiasson (Toronto)       1:06:57

Canadian Championship Female

    1. Megan Brown (Toronto)           1:14:08
    2. Dayna Pidhoresky (Tecumseh)     1:15:03
    3. Emily Kroshus  (Boston)         1:17:42

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge successfully raised more than $355,000 and counting for 24 local charities, exceeding last year's total of $280,000 raised for community causes. As part of the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, the charity with the most runners, the charity with the largest amount of pledges raised per runner, and the charity with the most money raised in overall pledges received an additional $5,000 each, towards their cause.

For more highlights and complete race results, please visit www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around the world over the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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Banque Scotia 21k et 5k de Montréal 2010 sets new records!

Record participants and fundraising raises more than $280,000 for 24 local charities

Matt Loiselle, 21k de Montreal winner 2010

Montreal, Sunday April 18, 2010 — Close to 3,500 pairs of shoes crossed the finish line today at the 2010 Banque Scotia 21k et 5k de Montréal, raising more than $280,000 for 24 community charities through the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge. Top male runner Matt Loiselle of Toronto finished in 1:05:07 while Mary Davies of Ottawa finished in 1:14:45 in the women's competition.

“The Canadian Championship does not only crown the fastest runner, but also the toughest!” said Race Director Francois Lecot. “Although the weather conditions were poor, a record number of runners got together at Parc Jean-Drapeau to help charities accomplish their goals. With nearly 3,500 runners, this event is a great success.”

Mary Davies, 21k de Montreal winner 2010

In the men's 21k, Toronto's Matt Loiselle took the lead over Burlington's Josephat Ongeri early in the race and managed to keep his pace until the finish line. In the women's 21k, Mary Davies of Ottawa ran alone for most of the race, trailed by Emily Tallen (Kingston), one minute behind.

Results:

Half-Marathon Male

1. Matt Loiselle (Toronto, ON)       1:05:07
2. Josephat Ongeri (Burlington, ON)  1:05:55 
3. Baghdad Rachem (Montreal, QC)     1:06:00

Half-Marathon Female

1. Mary Davies (Ottawa, ON)          1:14:45
2. Emily Tallen (Kingston, ON)       1:15:41
3. Krista Duchene (Brantford, ON)    1:15:55

For the 3rd year, the Banque Scotia 21k serves as the Canadian Half Marathon Championships and helps kick off the 2010 Canadian Championship Series. This year again, the best from coast to coast met in Montreal for an exciting race.

Results:

Canadian Championship Male

1. Matt Loiselle (Toronto, ON)       1:05:07
2. Steven Osaduik (Langley, BC)      1:06:05 
3. Réjean Chiasson (Ottawa, ON)      1:06:13

Canadian Championship Female

1. Emily Tallen (Kingston, ON)       1:15:41
2. Krista Duchene (Brantford, ON)    1:15:55
3. Marilyn Arsenault (Victoria, BC)  1:16:37
21k de Montreal - start, 2010

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge successfully raised more than $280,000 for 24 local charities including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada, the Action Centre of Montreal, the Farha Foundation and Le Chainon. The remarkable achievement exceeds last year's total of $87,000 for five local charities. As part of the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, Scotiabank will award $5,000 to the three charities with the most runners, the largest amount of pledges per runner and the most money raised in pledges.

“In its 4th year, Scotiabank is proud to celebrate the success of this great running event with our community once again,” said Diane Giard, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Quebec/Eastern Ontario Region. “This year's Banque Scotia 21k et 5k de Montréal is a true celebration of community and athleticism coming together for 24 charities who have all participated in the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, breaking fundraising records. We are looking forward to growing this event in the years to come!”

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April 15, 2010

Athletics Canada 2010 Canadian Championship Series kicks off Sunday with Half Marathon

OTTAWA – The first event in the 2010 Athletics Canada Canadian Championship Series will take place this Sunday in Montreal, Quebec. The 2010 Canadian Half Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal. The championships will also serve as the qualifying trials for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships which will take place October 16 in Nanning, China.

Elite athletes vying for the Canadian title

On the men's side, Matt Loiselle of Toronto will look to capture his second consecutive half marathon title. Loiselle will face strong competition from Langley, BC's Steve Osaduik who placed third last year.

On the women's side the title is completely up for grabs as a new field of competitors will try to capture the spotlight. Two leading contenders to keep an eye on are Paula Wiltse of Brockville, ON and Myriam Grenon of Longueuil, QC who placed 3rd and 4th respectively at last year's Half Marathon Championships; Grenon also took silver at the 2009 Canadian Marathon Championships. The winner of the last two editions of the Canadian Half Marathon Championships, Tara Quinn-Smith, of Waterdown, ON will not race this weekend.

The race will start near the Parterre of Parc Jean-Drapeau at 10:00am and come back to finish at the Complexe Aquatique. For the complete elite start lists visit: www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf/montAWARDS.htm#elitelist.

For more information and results from Sunday's race visit: www.athletics.ca/montreal2010.

Canadian Championship Prize Structure*

Placing     Prize money  Other prizing
(M & W)
1st place   $2,000       Timex Ironman Sleek with Tap technology
2nd place   $1,200       Timex Ironman Sleek with Tap technology
3rd place   $1,000       Timex Ironman Sleek with Tap technology
4th place     $800
5th place     $500

*In order to be eligible to receive Canadian Championship prize money and awards you must be a member of Athletics Canada through one of the provincial branches.

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Half Marathon Championships to tee off Athletics Canada 2010 Canadian Championship Series

Canadian Half Marathon Championships

OTTAWA — For the third consecutive year the Canadian Half Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the Banque Scotia 21k and help officially kick off the 2010 Canadian Championship Series. The event takes place April 18 in Montreal, Quebec.

Canadian Running Series Technical Race Director Francois Lecot comments; "We're particularly thrilled to host the Half Marathon Championships at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal. With so many excellent Canadian distance runners now moving up to the marathon, such as Simon Bairu, Reid Coolsaet, Richard Mosley, Dylan Wykes, Andrew Smith and Tara Quinn-Smith; it is an especially exciting time to be a key part of things". Lecot adds, "Athletics Canada and the Canadian Running Series invite everyone to join us for a great weekend of racing and running on a signature Montreal course that includes Circuit Gilles Villeneuve."

The Championships will also serve as the selection meet for the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships to take place October 16 in Nanning, China.

For complete event information, including registrations please visit: www.athletics.ca/montreal2010.

2010 Athletics Canada Canadian Championship Series

Championship Location Date
Canadian Half Marathon Championship Montreal, QC April 18
Canadian Marathon Championship Ottawa, ON May 30
World Junior Trials Moncton, NB July 2-4
Canadian Track & Field Championship Toronto, ON July 29-31
Legion Canadian Youth Track & Field Championship Ottawa, ON Aug 6-8
Canadian 10km Road Race Championship Toronto, ON October 16
Canadian Cross Country Championship Guelph, ON November 27

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Runners earn spots in Half-Marathon competition

JAMES CHRISTIE
Globe and Mail Update
April 19, 2009 at 11:19 PM EDT

Runners from the Brooks Canada Marathon Project took first place in both the men's and women's Canadian Half Marathon Championships Sunday.

Toronto's Tara Quinn-Smith set a Canadian record for the women's 21-km road race and Matt Loiselle of Windsor, Ont., earned starts in the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham, England in October.

Asamenew Yeshanew of Ethiopia led the 2,800-racer field for the international half-marathon, sponsored by Scotiabank, finishing in 1 hour 3 minutes 55 seconds.

Loiselle was second over all but won the title of Canadian champion as top domestic runner.

Quinn-Smith set a new Canadian women's mark of 1:12:08, best in the women's field by three minutes.

Loiselle, making his debut in a world-class event, ran the dictance in 1:04:09 for his first national championship.

Second Canadian, in a personal best time of 1:05:07.

Loiselle ran away from a field that included Canadian Olympians as he tuned up for the Ottawa marathon on May 24, which will be the trials for the world marathon championship this summer in Berlin.

"Andrew and I led the first 5k or so at which point two of the African runners moved into the lead picking up the pace. I took a gamble and decided to go with them and I'm glad I did because it ended up paying off. We hit 10k around 30:15 and by then there was only 2 of us," Loiselle said.

"It was noticeably windy and it seemed like I was doing most of the leading when we were heading into the wind. We traded surges until 2k to go when [Yeshanew] made a move and pulled away into the final stretch. Since it was my first half, I'm pleased with the effort but next time I might make some changes tactically."

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Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal & 5k sets new course, participant and fundraising records

Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge raises $87,000 for five local charities

Photos: Todd Fraser

Tara Quinn-Smith

Tara Quinn-Smith of the Brooks Distance Project led from start to finish with a blistering 1:12:08 that knocked out the 14 year-old record set by Danuta Bartoszek.

MONTRÉAL, April 19, 2009 — Over 2,800 runners took Parc Jean­-Drapeau by storm today for the annual Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal et 5K and helped raised a record amount of $87,000 in the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, with all proceeds going to five local charities. Top male runner Asamenew Yeshanew of Ethiopia finished in 1:03:55 while Canadian Tara Quinn Smith set a new Canadian record as well as a new course record for women, with a time of 1:12:08. This event also serves as the official selection trials for the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

This is the second year in a row that the Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal is the venue for the official selection trials for the 2009 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships, to be held in Birmingham, UK this October. The Canadian athletes who finished in the top three positions at the 2009 Canadian Half Marathon Championships are eligible for selection.

"Once again, Montreal sets the bar high with solid performances from top athletes from the running world. Not only did we see the course record broken, but the top female runner also broke the Canadian record! With over 2,800 participants in both 21K and 5K races, this event is an outstanding success," said François Lecot, Race Director for Canada Running Series.

Matt Loiselle

Matt Loiselle (#4) was in a see-saw battle with Ethiopia's Asamenew Yeshanew, before Yeshanew finally broke away in the last km. Loiselle will be undertaking his first serious marathon in Ottawa next month — he served notice today.

In the men's 21K race, it was a tight race between Ethiopian Asamenew Yeshanew and Canadian Matt Loiselle almost until the end, where Yeshanew took the lead to win. Loiselle finished the race in 1:04:09, winning the Canadian Championship, followed by Josephat Ongeri of United States in 1:05.04. In addition to Matt Loiselle, Andrew Smith (1:05:07) and Steve Osaduik (1:05:52) finished the top three for the Canadian Championship.

Canadian top winner in last year's event, Tara Quinn Smith of Toronto dominated throughout the entire race and took the title by setting a new course record as well as breaking the Canadian record of 1995. Respectively in second and third positions overall, female runners Lioudmila Kortchaguina (Canada) registered a time of 1:15:49 and Firehiwot Gebreyesus of Ethiopia finished in 1:16:16. Paula Wiltse joined Quinn Smith and Kortchaguina as the third best Canadian time at 1:19:46.

Half-Marathon Male

1. Asamenew Yeshanew      1:03:55
2. Matt Loiselle          1:04:09
3. Josephat Ongeri        1:05:04

Half-Marathon Female

1. Tara Quinn Smith       1:12:08
2. Lioudmila Kortchaguina 1:15:49
3. Firehiwot Gebreyesus   1:16:16

The Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal & 5K is part of the prestigious Canada Running Series. Growing in popularity every year, this world-class race is also a successful fundraising event. This year it helped raise a significant amount of money, $87,000, for five local charities that have a huge impact on their local community: Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, The Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, La Maison de la famille Pierre Bienvenu Noailles, Share the Warmth and West Island Women's Shelter.

"What a great way to combine business and fun: running on a wonderful course on such a great day, and helping local organizations that truly make a difference. At Banque Scotia, we are committed to being a contributor in our community, and today acting as a catalyst in helping to raise money for local charities is very rewarding," said Pierre Michaud, District Vice-President, Montreal, Scotiabank.

For complete race results, please visit www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2007 the Bank provided about $43 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal: Nderebas and Smiths make it an 'all in the family' affair

April 20/08: Catherine Ndereba, in her Olympic tune-up, and her brother Samuel, took home the first overall prizes at the 6th Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal, in front of a record field. Catherine was just one second ahead of second place in 1:13:11 while Samuel was well clear in 1:03:45. Meanwhile the husband and wife team of Andrew Smith and Tara Quinn-Smith captured the Canadian Half-Marathon Championships titles with times of 1:05:19 and 1:13:40, respectively.

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Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal Start List announced, including strong field for Canadian Half Marathon Championships

MONTREAL, QC. 8 April 2008. Organizer today released the Start List for the 6th edition of the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal, to be run in Parc Jean Drapeau on April 20th. The event will also host the Canadian Half Marathon Championships for the first time.

In addition to a formidable Kenyan contingent led by Samuel Ndereba [Half PR 61:50] and his sister and current Marathon World Champion, "Catherine the Great" [Half PR, 67:54], the Canadian Championships have brought out a stellar Canadian field—especially in the men's race.

Behind Samuel and four other Kenyans, there promises to be one of the deepest packs of Canadian men in a Half marathon in some time. Past Canadian marathon champ, Matt McInnes of the Brooks Canada Distance Project has the best PR coming in, of 64:54, but only marginally so. Further, he ran that time four years ago in Philadelphia. More recently, in January, his teammate Andrew Smith ran 65:13 at the Naples Half on a steamy morning in Florida. British Columbians Jerry Ziak and Steve Osaduik will toe the line with recent bests of 65:22 and 66:27; Guelph's Taylor Murphy has a 65:52 to his credit, run in '07; Montreal's Fethi Oukid ran 66:20 last year; and Brooks Canada Project's James Neilson has run 67:00 in the past 12 months. Add in Montreal-based Algerian and Canada Running Series regular, Bagdad Rachem [65:38 in 2007], and we are in for a real treat as this large group of Canadians battle it out for the Championships—for a piece of the $11,000 Championships' prize purse and a chance to represent Canada at the IAAF World Championship Half Marathon in Rio de Janeiro on October 12th.

Behind Catherine Ndereba and her Kenya Prison officers' teammates Neriah Asiba and Caroline Chepkorir, the Canadian Women's Half Marathon Championships promise a great duel between veteran National Marathon Champion, Lioudmila Kortchaguina [35 years] and Tara Quinn-Smith who recently won the Naples Half in 1:13:52 (Florida). While Lioudmila has run a 1:10, that was 5 years ago, and her recent performances have been more consistently in the 1:13/1:14 range. Just a step or two behind, should be Quinn-Smith's fellow Brooks Distance Project training partners, Lauren King and Beth Wightman.

For full details on the Championships, the Awards and Trials for the IAAF World Championship Half in Rio, see www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf/montCHAMPS.htm.

Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal Start List. April 8th.

Canadian citizens, eligible for the Championships awards are in red.
International athletes or Canadian residents who are not full-citizens are in black.

Bib #  Name                       Hometown             PR
MEN
1     Samuel Ndereba             Kenya                61:50 [2006]
2     Giitah Macharia            Toronto, ON          64:00 [2004]
4     Matt McInnes               Toronto, ON          64:54 [2004]
5     Andrew Smith               Toronto, ON          65:13 [2008]
6     Jerry Ziak                 Vancouver, BC        65:22 [2005]
7     Taylor Murphy              Guelph, ON           65:52 [2007]
8     Steve Osaduik              Langley, BC          66:27 [2007]
9     Fethi Oukid                Montreal, QC         66:20 [2007]
10    James Nielsen              Toronto, ON          67:00 [2007]
11    James Gosselin             Toronto, ON          69:17 [2007]
12    Moses Macharia             Kenya
14    David Ndirangu             Kenya
15    Elijah Muturi              Kenya
16    Josephat Ongeri            Kenya
17    Bagdad Rachem              Montreal, QC [ALG]   65:38 [2007]
18    Terry Gehl                 St-Charles, QC
19    Darl Sutherland            Peterborough, ON
20    Pete Quinn                 Ottawa,ON
21    Jay Brecher                Toronto,ON
22    Iain Fyfe                  Montreal, QC
23    Christian Mercier          Quebec, QC

WOMEN
F1    Lioudmila Kortchaguina     Toronto,ON           1:10:50 [2003]
F2    Catherine Ndereba          Kenya                1:07:54 [2001]
F3    Neriah Asiba               Kenya                1:10:24 [2007]
F4    Caroline Chepkorir         Kenya                1:13:07 [2007]
F5    Tara Quinn-Smith           Toronto,ON           1:13:52 [2008]
F6    Lauren King                Toronto,ON           1:15:37 [2006]
F7    Beth Wightman              Toronto,ON           1:17:57 [2008]
F8    Nicole Stevenson           Toronto,ON           1:12:51 [2003]
F9    Paula Wiltse               Kingston, ON         1:17:40 [2006]
F10   Emily Tallen               Kingston, ON         debut
F11   Isabelle Ledroit           Montreal, QC         1:13:33 [2001]
F12   Nathalie Goyer             St-Bruno, QC         1:22:29 [2007]
F13   Amy Schneeberg             Kingston, ON         1:22:33 [2007]
F14   Ali Drynan                 Toronto,ON           1:22:03 [2007]
F15   Josiane Aboungono          Milton, ON [GAB]
F16   Magali Tisseyre            St-Sauveur, QC
F17   Liz Maguire                Ottawa, ON

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MONTREAL, Sunday April 22nd, 2007

Thomas Omwenga wins exciting "sprint finish" race at 5th annual Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal, presented by Asics

Omwenga

2007 Harry's Spring Run Off 8k Champion Thomas Omwenga of Kenya made it 2 for 2 this weekend winning the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal under sunny skies at Parc Jean Drapeau. Thomas had just enough left to outsprint 2007 Canada Running Series Champion Giitah Marcharia and 2007 Harry's Spring Run Off 8k runner-up Joseph Nsengiyumva in the final 100 metres of a flat, fast "new" 21k course.

At the gun through 10k, the elite lead pack consisted of Omwenga, Macharia, Nsengiyumva, Danny Kassap, Matt McInnes, Joel Bourgeois and Bagdad Rachem with a brisk 10k split of 30:36 but just after the 10k mark the break was made and only Omwenga, Macharia and Nsengiyumva were left to contest the final 11k. The three leaders took turns leading as they wound their way through Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and along the basin Olympique. At 15k, the three continued on their strong pace with a split of 45:55 and jockeyed for position as they made their way back along Chemin MacDonald to La Ronde and the finish line. With 100 metres to go the sprint was on with Omwenga and Macharia breaking from Nsengiyumva. Omwenga showed his foot speed over the final 50 metres to take home another victory finishing strongly in 1:05:03 with Macharia a close second in 1:05:08 and Nsengiyumva in third with a 1:05:10.

The weather was picture perfect this year after a 2006 event that saw heavy rain from early morning though mid afternoon. The weather contributed to a strong turnout of 2,084 in the half marathon and another 350 participants in the 5k. Light winds were gusty at times but most runners agreed that the winds created a cooling effect for the temperatures of 14°C at the start and 17°C at the finish.

Kortchaguina

In the women's race, Canadian Women's Marathon Champion Lioudmila Kortchaguina led from the gun uncontested to win handily in 1:14:41. She was followed by Pauline Githuka (runner up at Harry's Spring Run Off 8k) in 1:16:53 and in third by Josiane Aboungono in 1:19:21.

The Top Masters male was Louis-Phillipe Garnier of Montreal who looked surprisingly fresh coming off his 2:33 at the Boston Marathon only 6 days prior — his win in 1:11:56 demonstrated his strong fitness as he now continues training for the upcoming ING Ottawa Marathon at the end of May. Liz Maguire of Osgoode, ON was the top Masters female in 1:22.

The new course designed by Race Director Francois Lecot of Montreal had the runners do a loop of Ile St. Helene, cross the Cosmos bridge and then run on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (where the Formula One Montreal Grand Prix takes place) and then return to Ile St. Helene through Six Flags La Ronde and finish on a long very flat straightaway that showcased some great finishing kicks!

The event welcomed a new title sponsor in 2007 — Banque Scotia and a new athletic sponsor "Asics Canada" helping to keep the Montreal Half Marathon & 5k firmly entrenched as the biggest spring Half Marathon on the Montreal running calendar. An impressive number of spectators lined the course in key locations (Cosmos Bridge) and the finish line area to support all the participants who ran for the competition, the fun and to raise money for the new Official charity "Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation".

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2005 race report:

Samuel Ndereba wins exciting sprint-finish at 21kmtl, as race doubles in size

Samuel Ndereba outsprints David Karanja

MONTREAL, Sunday April 24th

Samuel Ndereba, brother of Boston Marathon winner and World Champion, Catherine Ndereba, finally pulled away from fellow-Kenyan David Karanja in an exciting sprint to the line, to win the second edition of 21kmtl this morning—65:06 to 65:07. Toronto's Danny Kassap was a close third in 65:25.

Toronto Olympic's Shari Boyle led the women's field from wire to wire for a comfortable victory in her half-marathon debut, over Montreal's Tina Kader and Longueuil's Myriam Grenon (1:20:33 to 1:22:02, and 1:25:20). Afterwards, clearly pleased with the win, she commented on the distance, and said, "when I got to 10k I thought, 'well here goes, where do I go from here? It was far!'"

Shari Boyle

While the record field, that increased from 1,005 in 2003 to 1,816 this year (with another 223 in the 5K, new this year, for a combined total of 2,051 participants), got lucky with a respite from the rains that drenched Montreal yesterday, strong, gusty winds mitigated against fast times, but led to a great, tactical race.

From the start, a group of seven quickly formed, and put some major distance between themselves and the rest of the pack. Ndereba and Kassap led the way, followed by Kenyan David Karanja, and Montreal's Algerian posse of Bagdad Rechem, Dahbi Amor, and Oukid Fethi, plus UTTC's Matt McInnes. McIness, racking up the mileage for Ottawa, and Fethi, were the first to drop off, after the first tour of the FI Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Olympic Rowing Basin—they lasted only about 6k (passed in 17:57).

Ndereba, and Kassap did most of the early work at the front, and made their first moves to sort things out with a joint, concerted effort between 10k (passed in 30:49) and 13k, on scenic Ile St-Helene. By the time they re-crossed the Pont Cosmos onto Ile Notre-Dame at 13k, the group was down to three, with Karanja being the only survivor hanging onto the two pace-setters.

the lead pack

The threesome settled in nicely for their second tour of the Basin, until Kassap again forced the pace around 18k; at 19k Ndereba took the initiative, with Karanja hanging back all the while. By 20k, the plucky Canuck, Kassap, had paid the price of his early ambitions, dropping off, leaving the 2 Kenyans to duel it out in their thrilling sprint to the tape.

Overall, Nike did a superb job of publicity and advertising leading up to the run, and on the day, creating awareness and excitement, and firmly establishing 21Kmtl at the top of Montreal's running calendar.

There were a substantial number of spectators out on the loop course to cheer on the runners, there were charity runners, runners in costume, Jacqueline Gareau in the 21k and Bruny Surin on hand to help with awards—all contributing to an real sense of occasion and festivity. Running is back in Montreal!

Leukemia's Team in Training programme had a number of participants from across the US, as well as Canada, and made over $10,000 on the day.

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