Canadian soil record broken at Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

Canadian soil record broken at Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon
Ethiopians dominate top spots

May 25, 2014 (Ottawa) – Three records were broken today at the 40th running of the Scotiabank Marathon of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Yemane Tsegay, 29, of Ethiopia, broke two records with his finish time of 2:06:54 – the men’s Canadian soil record of 2:07:05 set last year in Toronto and the Ottawa marathon course record of 2:08:04 also set in 2013.

Tigist Tufa, 27, also from Ethiopia, broke the course record for women with a time of 2:24:31. The previous course record of 2:25:30 was set in 2013.

“We are thrilled with today’s results,” says Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. “Bringing together a very competitive field of world-class racers and breaking the Canadian soil and Ottawa course records take our marathon event to a whole new level on the international racing scene.”

Winners of this year’s Canadian National Champions were Eric Gills, 34, of Guelph, with a time of 2:13:47 and Rhiannon Johns, with a time of 2:47:11.


First Last Time Country
Yemane Tsegay 2:06:54 Ethiopia
Mulugeta Wami 2:08:18 Ethiopia
Chemtan Ishhimael Bushendich 2:08:35 Kenya
Wesley Korir 2:09:17 Kenya
Milton Rotich 2:10:48 Kenya
Rachid Kisri 2:10:54 Morocco
Abderrahime Bouramdane 2:12:00 Morocco
Eric Gillis 2:13:47 Canada
Shume Legese 2:14:17 USA
Rob Watson 2:16:38 Canada


First Last Time Country
Tigist Tufa 2:24:30 Ethiopia
Meseret Tolwak 2:27:25 Ethiopia
Agnes Kiprop 2:28:04 Kenya
Etalemahu Kidane 2:28:59 Ethiopia
Makda Harun 2:29:29 Ethiopia
Makida Abdela 2:29:42 Ethiopia
Ruth Wanjiru 2:31:39 Kenya
Alexandra Blake 2:41:19 USA
Rhiannon Johns 2:47:11 Canada
Maria Morales 2:47:16 Argentina

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2014 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed almost 47,500 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K are both designated Silver Label IAAF events by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and enhancing the health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive world-class and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running club. Visit us at


Annie Boucher
Media relations
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
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