In the 2012 edition of the Intact Edmonton Derby Marathon, Ryan Day of Cache Creek, British Columbia edged Brendan Lunty of Camrose, Alberta for top prize. Day finished in an impressive time of 2 hours 36 minutes and 39 seconds, with Lunty coming in at just over 2 hours and 38 minutes. It is a first-time Edmonton win for Day, who in 2011 finished second to the blistering-fast Jacob Mengich (2:23). In 2011, Lunty placed third, running approximately one minute slower than in 2012, but he took first place in the 2010 Edmonton Derby.
The marathon course started at the Edmonton Northlands, making its way through downtown to 142 street, where runners then turned south. Following a few neighbourhood loops, runners made their way back to Northlands, and then ran approximately 16 kilometers around the Rundle Park area. Though the temperature was not quite as hot as 2011, the heat registered in the low-to-mid twenties around 11 am. The course’s second-half heat makes the always-daunting “wall” a terrifying prospect for those that begin the race too briskly.
Whether runners finished in sub-three times or closer to five hours, they will no doubt spend the remainder of the day replenishing calories, drinking copious amounts of water and walking around with heavy legs.
Check back to The Wanderer Online later this week for interviews with the race winners and several other participants.