A Father's Day tradition continues Sunday with the running of the 39th Manitoba Marathon.

About 14,000 runners took part in the 38th edition of the event in 2016 including Blumenort's Steffan Reimer.

"It's fun," said Reimer who finished in third place one year ago as he completed the 26.2 mile course in a time of two hours, 50 minutes and 35 seconds. "It's become a tradition for me. This is my home marathon. I want to do well here. Not just the placing but this is the one where I want to be timed. It's flat, it's fast and it's one that I know I can really go for it. That's what I get excited about."

Last year competitors who ran the full marathon ran the same route but in reverse.

There's another big change this year as Manitoba Marathon executive director Rachel Munday announced last November that the finish line has been moved from University Stadium at the U of M campus in south Winnipeg to Investors Group Field.

"I love the track," Reimer said. "I really do. There's something special about finishing on a track but getting to run on a CFL field - that's pretty cool. There will probably be the same amount of people there cheering but just the whole big stadium will be a lot of fun."

Reimer was in attendance at the Marathon Kick Off Luncheon on Thursday at the Pinnacle Club at Investors Group Field where Grant Mitchell presented him with the Bob Walker award for having the best time for a Manitoba runner under 30-years-of-age in the 2016 race.

Walker, who passed away in 2015, set the record for fastest Manitoban to run the marathon in 1981 when he crossed the finish line in a time of 2:19:06.

"Obviously it's a special award," said Reimer. "Bob Walker left quite a legacy. To get an award in his name is special and I'll hopefully go out and see if I can get it again next year."

There will be a new men's champion this Sunday.

Bradley Keefe of Winnipeg will not be on the starting line.

He's changed jobs and that has limited his race preparation.

Les Friesen of Steinbach finished in second place last year just 31 seconds behind Keefe.

Heather Magill of Calgary, who lives in East Grand Forks, is the reigning women's full marathon champion.

Race day events on Sunday include the full marathon, half marathon, relay, 10 km, super run and mini mites.

 

 

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Thursday, January 18th

MJHL
Portage 4 Virden 1

NHL
Boston 5 N.Y. Islanders 2
New Jersey 4 Washington 3 (OT)
Philadelphia 3 Toronto 2 (OT)
Columbus 2 Dallas 1 (SO)
St. Louis 4 Ottawa 1
Vegas 4 Tampa Bay 1
N.Y. Rangers 4 Buffalo 3
Nashville 3 Arizona 2 (SO) 
Colorado 5 San Jose 3
Pittsburgh 3 Los Angeles 1

NBA
Cleveland 104 Orlando 103
Philadelphia 89 Boston 80
Houston 116 Minnesota 98
Portland 100 Indiana 86

Friday, January 19th

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Grunthal at Lac du Bonnet, 8 p.m.
Red River vs St. Malo
@ Morris, 8 p.m.

HTJHL
St. Adolphe vs Lorette
@ Ile des Chenes, 8 p.m.
Springfield vs Red River
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.

KJHL
Lundar at St. Malo, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Wpg Blues at Swan Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Virden at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Neepawa at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman vs Central Plains
@ Portage, 8 p.m.
Wpg Bruins at Wpg Wild, 7 p.m.
Yellowhead at Kenora, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest vs Parkland
@ Souris, 8 p.m.
Norman at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Sharks, 8:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Tri City, 9:05 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Texas @ Wpg, 7 p.m.

NHL
Montreal at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Vegas at Florida, 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

NBA
San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Miami at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.
Sacramento at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Washington at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Denver, 8 p.m.
Indiana at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
New York at Utah, 9:30 p.m.

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