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Teacher wins Toronto marathon for 2nd straight year

05/06/2012 12:19 EDT | Updated 07/06/2012 05:12 EDT

An Ontario schoolteacher has won the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon for the second year in a row.

Brendan Kenny of Dundas, Ont., was the fastest man across the finish line on Sunday morning, just like he was the year before.

With a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 57 seconds, Kenny wrapped up his run just before 10 a.m. ET.

Kenny, a full-time school teacher and part-time student at McMaster University, said he intends to run another marathon in Calgary in three weeks.

He said the Toronto course was fast and the weather was ideal for his run.

"They changed the course up and it's even faster than ever," Kenny told CBC News.

"So it felt good out there, very little wind. Nice, smooth, controlled effort — a good long run for me."

Jutta Merilanien of Batawa, Ont., led the field of women running the marathon on Sunday, with a time of two hours, 47 minutes and 17 seconds.

"Tough, tough, but it was good," Merilanien said Sunday, when asked to describe the race.

The race began behind Mel Lastman Square at 7:30 a.m., with participants following a course that finished at Ontario Place.

Environment Canada reported a temperature of 8 C in Toronto when the race started, though that had nearly doubled by mid-morning.

An estimated 15,000 people were expected to take part in the race, though not all participants were running a full marathon. Many were running a half-marathon or five-kilometre course.

The race raises money for both The Hospital for Sick Children and Princess Margaret Hospital.

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