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National Capital Marathon
Ottawa, Ontario
May 13, 1979
as reported by 1980 Canadian Marathon Annual

The fifth National Capital Marathon was another great event, as good as the first four, thanks to the City of Ottawa and the Marathon Committee. Jerome Drayton of Toronto beat a field of 4000, running alone in the lead from 10 km. After passing 32 km on a race record pace, he slowed to finish two minutes off the record in 2:18:06. Montreal's Jacqueline's Gareau defeated a strong women's field, just missing the women's record. The masters 40+ competition saw three top Canadians cross the line within three minutes of each other, all under 2:35, Ed Whitlock establishing the 1979 Canadian masters best with his time of 2:31:27.

Place
 Name

 Age
 Time
   Eric Piscopo

 27
 2:39:40
   Mike Suraci

 25
 2:57:01
   Gary Howe

 22
 3:16:26
1,582
 Lou Orazietti*
 41
 3:35:44
   Ross Mervyn    3:48:00
   Barry Baker

 46
 4:09:56
   Marlene Mervyn

 39
 4:22:30
   Ronald Brown

 35
 4:23:39

*First marathon

Race Statistics
2973 finishers
21 under 2:30
116 under 2:45
424 under 3:00
1416 under 3:30
2366 under 4:00