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


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