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Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend

May 27, 2012 14:16 ET

Kenyan Laban Moiben Sets New Marathon Event Record

Rejean Chiasson and Lisa Avery top Canadian finishers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 27, 2012) - Twenty-eight-year old Kenyan Laban Moiben today broke the Ottawa Marathon event record in a time of 2:09:12, shaving 19 seconds off the previous time set in 2009.

Moiben returned to Ottawa today to defend his 2011 title time of 2:10:17. In 2010, he placed second with 2:09:43.

For most of the 42.2K distance, elite racers ran in a tight pack under slightly overcast skies and cool temperatures - ideal conditions for runners. In the last leg, three Kenyans pulled ahead to claim top spots. Julius Karinga, 32, finished in 2:09:13, and Vincent Kiplagat pulled in third at 2:11:04.

Two Ethiopian women were the first to cross the finish line. Yeshi Esayias, 26, and Biruktrawit Degefa, 21, finished in 2:28:45 and 2:33:12 respectively. Third to finish was 30-year-old Ruth Wanjiru of Kenya. In 2011, Degefa placed second with a time of 2:33:14

Winners of the Canadian National Championships were Toronto-based 28-year-old Rejean Chiasson with a finish of 2:19:54 and Lisa Avery, 35, of Orillia, in a time of 2:42:52. Avery's finish is a strong personal best.

Winner of the wheelchair marathon race was Michel Filteau of St-Jean Baptiste, Quebec, who finished in 1:37:16.

Top 10 men

1. 2:09:12 Laban Moiben Kenya
2. 2:09:13 Julius Karinga Kenya
3. 2:11:04 Vincent Kiplagat Kenya
4. 2:11:17 Abdelkrim Boubker Morocco
5. 2:11:59 Daniel Rono Kenya
6. 2:15:10 Dereje Abera Ethiopia
7. 2:15:45 Gebreslassie Reda Ethiopia
8. 2:17:06 Jeremias Saloj Guatemala
9. 2:17:22 Negari Terfa Ethiopia
10. 2:18:35 Moses Kigen Kenya

Top 10 women

1. 2:28:45 Yeshi Esayias Ethiopia
2. 2:33:12 Biruktawit Degefa Ethiopia
3. 2:33:16 Ruth Wanjiru Kenya
4. 2:36:05 Malika Benlafkir Morocco
5. 2:42:38 Gladys Asiba Kenya
6. 2:42:52 Lisa Avery Canada
7. 2:47:42 Josiane Aboungono Canada
8. 2:49:57 Myriam Grenon Canada
9. 2:51:02 Jemena Misayauri Peru
10. 2:53:24 Maryse Nault Canada

About the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend

The 2012 edition of the Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed close to 42,000 participants in seven races, including the marathon, the half-marathon, the 10K, 5K, family 2K and Y Kids marathon. The Ottawa Marathon and Ottawa 10K are both designated Silver Label IAAF events by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Ottawa Race Weekend, is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, and 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.

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