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Philemon Rono (KEN) and Marta Megra (ETH) Win the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Defending champion Philemon Rono of Kenya and Marta Megra of Ethiopia win the men and women titles of the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, clocking 2:06:52 and 2:28:20, respectively.

By Sinead Mulhern (Canadian Running Magazine) |

TORONTO, ON―Sunday morning was a massive pay day at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon for defending champion Philemon Rono. Rono’s 2:06:52 marathon broke three significant marks on the course in the big Canadian city this morning: a personal best, a course record and the Canadian all-comers record. He’ll be flying home to Kenya now with an extra C $75,000 in the bank.

For international elites, toeing the start line means much more than updating the PB in the record books – running the marathon in Toronto means showing up for a huge pay day. It’s what they train for year-round.

The Kenyan athlete has now run the fastest marathon on Canadian ground having beat the previous mark by just three seconds. The previous all-comers record was 2:06:54 set by Yemane Tsegaye in 2014. Slicing just three seconds off that record means an extra $50,000 now for Philemon Rono who also was the champion at the Toronto race last year.

First place athletes in the men’s and women’s races win $25,000. The race awards another $40,000 for anyone who can set a new course record which previously stood at 2:07:05 for the men. Runners however can bump that number up to $50,000 if they also set an all-comers record.

Still second and third place cash in on $15,000 and $8,000 respectively. Chumba finished second running 2:09:11 with Solomon Deksisa (Ethiopia) placing third in 2:11:27.

While Philemon Rono was clearly the man of the hour for anyone who was spectating the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon today, he wasn’t the only one celebrating victory at the IAAF Gold Label race today. Marta Megra of Ethiopia is a seasoned marathon runner and used to spending some time on the podium. The 26-year-old elite entered the race with a 2:24:32 PB to her name which she set in China last year. She was also competitive at Tokyo – one of the World Marathon Majors – having placed fifth in February.