VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Burnaby’s Justin Kent has won the 2019 Sun Run.
Kent ran the Vancouver 10 km race on April 14 in just 29 minutes and 30 seconds.
The 26-year-old is a Canadian middle distance runner. He won in the men’s 25 to 29-year-old category, and came in first out of all the over 41,000 participants, edging out a competitor from Calgary in a near photo finish.
Hot dog we have an official @VancouverSunRun winner!! Congratulations to @NewBalanceCan athlete and Rackets & Runner ambassador Justin Kent on a first place finish in the 2019 Sun Run! #rnrfam #vancouversunrun pic.twitter.com/s3EExuPSEw
— Rackets & Runners (@Rackets_Runners) April 14, 2019
The last local to win the Sun Run won in 1992 – the year Kent was born.
“It’s moments like these that put everything in perspective, makes everything worth it,” Kent said after the race. “It’s amazing too, being a Vancouver guy, to have my family and friends here – I’m blown away.”
Another local, 37-year-old Natasha Wodak of North Vancouver, won the women’s race. She came in at just 32 minutes and 28 seconds. Wodak was also the champion in 2012 and 2013.
Some runners got caught in itinerant weather during their race. It hailed and snowed in some parts of Vancouver during the morning.
— John Streit (@johnrstreit) April 14, 2019
The Vancouver Sun Run is the country’s largest 10 km road race, and is the third largest timed 10 km in the world, according to the event’s website. The race snakes its way around the downtown core starting at Georgia and Burrard streets, before ending in front of B.C. Place.
The first Sun Run was held in 1985.
With files from Hana Mae Nassar.