High participation numbers and spirit at the 45th Vancouver Marathon - Vancouverites were treated to an incredible weekend of great weather and fun, while celebrating the 45th year of the Vancouver Marathon. Nearly 16,500 registered participants, from over 60 countries, signed up for the 2016 BMO Vancouver Marathon this weekend representing 40% growth in participation since 2011. While the marquee Marathon is the hallmark event for the weekend, runners in all six races thrilled the crowds.

Spokane, Washington-The anticipated sprint finish never materialized in the fortieth annual Lilac Bloomsday Run, the fifth stop on the PRRO Circuit of major US road races, but that didn't stop Cynthia Limo from racing like someone was in hot pursuit. The Kenyan star broke free from the rest of the field by halfway on the 12-kilometer course, then continued to put pedal to the metal all the way to the finish, in the process setting a new course record of 38:03. Meanwhile, while there was no course record in the men's race, Philip Langat did a similar number to the competition as he managed a slight lead by the top of Doomsday Hill, then built his lead from there to the finish, winning by a comfortable 12 seconds over fellow Kenyan Isaac Mwangi.

Spokane, Washington—A sprint finish is what spectators hope for and race directors dream about, and this year’s women’s field for the 40th edition of the Lilac Bloomsday Run is looking like that’s exactly what might happen. Returning women’s champion Cynthia Limo, described by elite athlete coordinator Jon Neill as “the most dominant female distance runner in the world right now,” is back to defend her title from 2015. Limo is coming off a 2nd place finish at the 2016 IAAF Half Marathon Championships, where she ran 1:06:04–the 2nd fastest half marathon in the world this year and the 4th fastest in history.

Image Gallery: 2016 Pepsi Invitational

PORTLAND, Ore. – Good things seem to come in threes for Lynelle Decker.
Last month, it was three All-American awards at the NCAA indoor track meet.
Last weekend, it was three national top-10 performances at the Stanford Invitational.

Washington runners may have noticed that fewer Canadians are crossing the border to visit the US this year. With the decrease in the value of the Canadian dollar, the US is more expensive than it was a few years ago.

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