The Fort McMurray Marathon has come and gone, not before many braved the cold and took part in the annual event.
Hundreds came out on Sunday to run, volunteer, or cheer on the competition as runners took part in different races.
The winner of the inaugural full marathon, for the men, was Jonathon Vida – a veteran of 10 full races finishing at 3:07:59.
He tells Mix News this was the toughest race he’s ever taken part in.
“The trails, the rollers, the cold – it was a tough race but the volunteers were fantastic, the runners were great, it was a good race.”
Vida notes the feeling hasn’t really sunken in yet that he was the first to cross the line.
Marina Francis was the first women to cross the finish line in the full marathon with a time of 3:48:33.
Many other races took part in the competition, some running in the half marathon while others conquered the 10 km, 5km, 3 km, and kids fun run.
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Devin Giraudier ran in the half marathon, running a total of 21.1 km.
He says it was a joyful experience.
“It was my second time doing this one, so I kinda knew what I was getting into and it is a tough course but it’s a lot of fun and it’s beautiful.”
Jamie Hewat also conquered the half marathon, the first time she’s ever done it.
She adds this experience is making her contemplate running a full marathon in the future.
“In a couple years from now, I might work myself up to it.”
The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo has plans to bring back the event next year.