Brendan Lunty wins Regina's Queen City Marathon

From the cool, gloomy weather to the euphoric sprint cross the finish line, it was a day of perfect conditions for Brendan Lunty, the winner of Sunday’s 15th annual Queen City Marathon.

“It was a perfect day, you can’t ask for better than this,” the Camrose, Alta. native told Metro after crossing the race’s finish line outside the T.C. Douglas building.

While initially discouraged by the plus-30 temperatures that greeted Regina earlier in the week, Lunty said the cool, overcast conditions were a refreshing change from previous competitions.

“The last two years were hot. This is a perfect,” he said of Sunday’s weather.

This is Lunty’s ninth Queen City Marathon and the sixth time he’s won first place in the 26-mile race.

However, he said that rush of crossing the finish line “never gets old."

“It’s kind of a climax of what you worked so hard to do,” Lunty, who works as an X-ray and laboratory technician, said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re first or last.”

This year’s showing of the annual marathon welcomed more than 4,700 participants from seven provinces, 14 American states and a bevy of international destinations including England and New Zealand.

“It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of training,” Doug Russell, volunteer race director, said of Sunday’s event. “They are coming from all over for their moment of finish line glory."

2013 marks the fifth consecutive year the limited entry event has sold-out, Russell said.

“As the interest in running and fitness has grown across the country, our event has grown with it,” he added.