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Canadian Soil Record Broken at Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon

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OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - May 25, 2014) - Three records were broken today at the 40th running of the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Yemane Tsegay, 29, of Ethiopia, broke two records with his finish time of 2:06:54 -- the men's Canadian soil record of 2:07:05 set last year in Toronto and the Ottawa marathon course record of 2:08:04 also set in 2013. 

Tigist Tufa, 27, also from Ethiopia, broke the course record for women with a time of 2:24:31. The previous course record of 2:25:30 was set in 2013.

"We are thrilled with today's results," says Manny Rodrigues, Elite Athlete Coordinator for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. "Bringing together a very competitive field of world-class racers and breaking the Canadian soil and Ottawa course records take our marathon event to a whole new level on the international racing scene."

Winners of this year's Canadian National Champions were Eric Gills, 34, of Guelph, with a time of 2:13:47 and Rhiannon Johns, with a time of 2:47:11.

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First                Last                        Time          Country      
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Yemane               Tsegay                      2:06:54       Ethiopia     
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Mulugeta             Wami                        2:08:18       Ethiopia     
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Chemtan              Ishhimael Bushendich        2:08:35       Kenya        
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Wesley               Korir                       2:09:17       Kenya        
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Milton               Rotich                      2:10:48       Kenya        
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Rachid               Kisri                       2:10:54       Morocco      
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Abderrahime          Bouramdane                  2:12:00       Morocco      
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Eric                 Gillis                      2:13:47       Canada       
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Shume                Legese                      2:14:17       USA          
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Rob                  Watson                      2:16:38       Canada       
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WOMEN

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First                Last                        Time          Country      
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Tigist               Tufa                        2:24:30       Ethiopia     
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Meseret              Tolwak                      2:27:25       Ethiopia     
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Agnes                Kiprop                      2:28:04       Kenya        
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Etalemahu            Kidane                      2:28:59       Ethiopia     
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Makda                Harun                       2:29:29       Ethiopia     
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Makida               Abdela                      2:29:42       Ethiopia     
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Ruth                 Wanjiru                     2:31:39       Kenya        
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Alexandra            Blake                       2:41:19       USA          
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Rhiannon             Johns                       2:47:11       Canada       
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Maria                Morales                     2:47:16       Argentina    
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About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
The 2014 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed almost 47,500 participants in six races, including the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the Scotiabank Half-Marathon, the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K, the HTG Sports 5K, the 2K and Scotiabank Kids Marathon. The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon and Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10K are both designated Silver Label IAAF events by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, is dedicated to promoting the sport of running and enhancing the health and well-being of our community by organizing distinctive world-class and local races, and managing an active, membership-based running club. Visit us at www.runottawa.ca.

About Scotiabank: 
Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada's most international bank. Through Bright Future, our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level across six pillars: health, education, social services, arts and culture, environment and sports. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average some $50 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

Information:
Annie Boucher
Media relations
Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
613-863-3702
boucher@fusecommunications.ca
@aboucherfuse
@ottawamarathon

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