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Sooke (now Whitehorse) native Logan Roots ran the 2016 First Half Half Marathon today in Vancouver against a deep field of top-Canadian talent including two of Canada’s fastest marathon runners, one of which includes Eric Gillis, 2012 London Olympian.
Roots finished in the time of one hour and nine-minutes and 39 seconds, to win his 20-24 age-group. This performance represents at 1:15 improvement over his previous best half-marathon race.
Roots told Victoria Sports News, “The race went very well. There were lots of guys running at 1:10-ish pace and there was the pouring rain. Loved it!”
Roots was running with two of Canada’s top master runners (40-plus) in Vancouver’s Kevin O’Connor and Victoria’s Jim Finlayson. Both were looking to run under the 70-minute mark to allow O’Connor to take the Canada 45-49 age-group record, which stands at exactly 70:00. Finlayson competed in the 40-44 age-group. He is a former Canadian marathon Champion, three-time competitor in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Finlayson is also well-known as the former Beer Mile World record holder and the current super master Beer Mile World Record holder.