Matt Cullum and wife Amandah Cullum prepare at the starting line.

Matt Cullum and wife Amandah Cullum prepare at the starting line.

Strong local contingent storm BMO Vancouver Marathon

Just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings thousands gathered in Vancouver May 5 for the BMO Vancouver Marathon to show their support.

Just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings thousands gathered in Vancouver May 5 for the BMO Vancouver Marathon to show their support.

Right in the thick of the event — each runner wearing a yellow ribbon in recognition of the runners in Boston — were 24 lakecity marathoners.

Some raced the half marathon, while others took part in the full marathon, which began at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park and stretched around the Stanley Park Seawall.

Running the full marathon were Amandah Cullum, Brandy Links, Larry Johannesen and Sharon Munk.

Amandah said it was an amazing run, and something she’d been wanting to check off her bucket list for quite some time.

“I ran two half marathons last year, but during training I thought I’d never want to do this again,” Amandah said, who was running up to 60-plus kilometres per week to train for the race.

“After that I thought, ‘Who signs up to do half of something?’ I’m not the kind of person who would do half of something, so I decided to do a marathon to check it off my bucket list and I’m so happy I did.”

In the half marathon were Matt Cullum, Rya Enns, Claire Lawrence, Jane Nicol, David Polack, Andrea Gustafson, Christie Sanford, Katelyn Brown-John, Heather Cail, Carrie Knox, Angela Laprairie, Dora Foote, Jeff Allen, Meaghan Allen, Meghan Smith, Tammy James, Janice Laurie, Ruth Hendren, Agnes Young and Treena Brown.

Matt, Amandah’s husband, finished 66th out of 560 racers in his category, posting a time of 1:37:58.

“He had done a few marathons when he was in his 20s, and he really wanted to do it in 1:45, which was his time then, and he did it in 1:37 so I was really proud of him,” Amandah said.

Enns, competing in her fourth half marathon, said it was one of her slower times but still an amazing experience.

“There was an emotional keynote address from the American consulate that thanked the people of Vancouver for honouring the Boston runners,” Enns said. “She mentioned the ‘bond’ that all runners share and that the outpouring of support from Vancouver runners was amazing.”

For complete local race results check the sidebar.


Place      Name                           Time            Category              Cat. Place

560         Matt Cullum                 1:40:58        Male 40-44           66/560

1086       Rya Enns                    1:48:44        Female 35-39       50/960

1269       Claire Lawrence          1:50:57        Female 25-29       93/1084

2079       Jane Nicol                   1:59:03        Female 45-49       73/619

3016       David Polack               2:05:56        Male 55-59           103/309

3726       Andrea Gustafson       2:11:30        Female 35-39       267/960

3731       Christie Sanford           2:11:31        Female 35-39      268/960

3848       Katelyn Brown-John    2:12:36        Female 25-29      352/1084

5096       Ruth Hendren              2:22:24        Female 55-59      77/332

5381       Heather Cail                2:24:47        Female 35-39      439/960

5382       Carrie Knox                 2:24:47        Female 35-39      440/960

6344       Angela Laprairie          2:34:06        Female 45-49      348/619

6583       Dora Foote                  2:36:32        Female 55-59      140/332

6618       Jeff Allen                     2:36:58        Male 20-24          156/199

6620       Meaghan Allen            2:36:59        Female 25-29      708/1084

7170       Agnes Young              2:45:47        Female 60-64       66/176

7282       Meghan Smith            2:48:20        Female 35-39       636/960

7455       Tammy James            2:52:05        Female 40-44       635/899

7592       Janice Laurie             2:55:37        Female 40-44        657/899

7593       Treena Brown            2:55:40        Female 40-44        658/899


Place       Name                          Time            Category                Cat. Place

1660        Amandah Cullum        4:14:16        Female 30-34        113/381

2315        Brandy Links               4:38:40        Female 30-34        880/2147

2914        Larry Johannesen       4:55:28        Male 50-54            1731/2815

2915        Sharon Munk              4:55:28        Female 50-54        1184/2147


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
43 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

368 cases in the region remain active

The Williams Lake Trail Riders Arena is slated to have a new roof installed this spring after funding from the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Trail Riders Arena, stable stalls, to get new roof at Stampede Grounds

Some of the stalls currently aren’t able to be rented out due to leaks in the roof

A sign is seen this past summer outside Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Yunesit’in First Nation completes second round of vaccinations

A total of 26 people have since recovered from COVID-19 after having tested positive

A 100 Mile RCMP officer stands watch at the intersction of Highway 97 and Horse Lake Road. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Volunteers, police search Highway 97 for articles related to high-speed chase

Search will stretch from Canco Gas Station in Lac La Hache to 150 Mile House.

An aerial photograph captures snowmobile tracks in the Cameron Ridge area earlier this year, which is closed to snowmobilers. The closures are in place to protect sensitive caribou herds. (Conservation Officer Service photo)
Snowmobilers fined for operating in closed caribou habitat near Likely, B.C.

The investigation revealed they had spent several hours in the closure leaving extensive tracks

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The City of Vancouver estimates there are 3,500 Canada geese in the city right now, and that number is growing. (Bruce Hogarth)
Help tame Vancouver’s Canada goose population by reporting nests: park officials

The city is asking residents to be on the lookout so staff can remove nests or addle eggs

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Trudeau ‘optimistic’ that timeline for rollout of COVID vaccines can be accelerated

Canada set to receive more than 6M COVID-19 vaccine dose than initially expected, by end of March

Most Read