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Wykes finishes 20th in marathon

Marathoners have strong showing in difficult conditions

Dylan Wykes and Reid Coolsaet - London 2012

Dylan Wykes and Reid Coolsaet – London 2012

For the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Canada fielded a full men’s marathon entry at the Olympic Games.  The trio of Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., and Dylan Wykes of Kingston, Ont., did not disappoint in very tough conditions.  All three men finished in the top 30 with Wykes leading the way in 20th position in a time of 2:15:26.    [Read more…]

Moiben sets Ottawa Marathon record

Kenyan Laban Moiben sets new Ottawa Marathon event record

Laban Moiben sets Course Record in Ottawa Marathon 2012

Laban Moiben sets Course Record in Ottawa Marathon 2012

Réjean Chiasson and Lisa Avery top Canadian finishers

May 27 – OTTAWA – Twenty-eight-year old Kenyan Laban Moiben today broke the Ottawa Marathon event record in a time of 2:09:12, shaving 19 seconds off the previous time set in 2009. [Read more…]

Ottawa records in jeopardy

Teyba Erkesso for Ottawa

Teyba Erkesso for Ottawa

MAY 15 – OTTAWA – Confirmation of top-ranked runners in the 2012 Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend is shaping the May 27 marathon into one of the most highly anticipated spectator sports of the season. [Read more…]

Athletics Canada nominates three marathoners

Dylan Wykes - Rotterdam Marathon

Dylan Wykes - Rotterdam Marathon

Ottawa – For the first time since 1996 Canada is sending three male marathoners to the Olympic Games.  Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., and Dylan Wykes of Kingston, Ont., all dipped below Athletics Canada’s Olympic marathon standard of 2:11:29 before the qualifying deadline of April 22.    [Read more…]

Coolsaet and Gillis hit qualifiers

Olympic Marathon Qualifiers

Olympic Marathon Qualifiers

Yesterday at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon both Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., and Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., dipped below Athletics Canada’s marathon qualification standard of 2:11:29 for the 2012 Olympic Games.  [Read more…]

Coolsaet Close to Olympic Berth

Reid Coolsaet aims at Olympics

Reid Coolsaet aims at Olympics

Reid Coolsaet never imagined he’d be on the brink of an Olympic Games berth when he ran cross country for Hamilton’s Westdale Secondary School back two decades ago.

A mediocre athlete, whose goal was nothing more than joining his girlfriend in qualifying for the provincial high school cross country championships, Coolsaet finished 18th in the 1997 race. In the absence of scholarship offers he joined coach Dave Scott-Thomas at the University of Guelph. The partnership has certainly paid off. [Read more…]

Canadian Ultra Runners names 2011 Team

National Team for 2011.

Jackie Muir

Jackie Muir

The Association of Canadian Ultra Runners has named the National Team for 2011 that will represent Canada at the World 50 Mile Trail Championships, to be held in Connemara National Park on the west coast of Ireland on July 9th, 2011.

This impressive team is comprised of six men and six women who will represent Canada from coast to coast in the Canadian Delegation of Ireland:

Men’s Team                                                           Women’s Team:

Ryne Melchner                    B.C.                            –     Denise McHale                  YT

Jason Loutitt                      B.C.                             –     Jude Ultra                          B.C.

Glen Redpath                    NY                                –     Jackie Muir                        B.C.

Adam Hill                            ON                              –     Laurie McGrath                  ON

Tim Wiens                            B.C.                            –     Tracy Gameau                   B.C.

Andy Nicol                         B.C.                            –     Lisa Leskien                        ON

This is the first National Team nomination for Jackie Muir, who is a physiotherapist in Vancouver B.C., and a member of the Kintec/HOKA Race Team.

With over twelve years of running experience, Jackie first discovered her love for the sport in the simplicity of putting on a pair of shoes and going where her feet would take her. Jackie enjoys running both as a way to explore when traveling and to keep her striving towards her goals. Her accomplishments have lead her to qualify for the international ultrarun back in April, at the Mount Si 50 miler in Snoqualmie, Washington.

“This will be my first time representing Canada at the World Championships, qualifying at the 2010 Mount Si 50 mile race with a 7 hours and 40 minutes race time,” Muir said.

As part of the Kintec/HOKA Race Team, Jackie was selected based on her role in the running community, being a good ambassador and educator of the sport. Her Kintec/HOKA Race Team shares numerous podium finishes and race completions of varying distances. While she isn’t training for her international race in Ireland, Jackie and her team will be knocking off events such as the Boston Marathon, Western States 100-miler, Wasatch Front 100-miler, and many more.

Moiben wins Ottawa Marathon 2011

Ottawa Marathon

Ottawa Marathon

May 29, 2011, OTTAWA – Under overcast skies this morning, a Kenyan man and Ethiopian woman took top spots trying out Ottawa Race Weekend’s new marathon route along crowd-filled Ottawa-Gatineau streets.

No records were broken this year as Laban Moiben of Trento, Kenya ran 2:10:17 in a sprint to the finish with Dereje Abera Ali of Briarcliff, Ethiopia, who trailed by only one second. No stranger to Ottawa, Moiben placed second in the 2010 Ottawa Marathon with 2:09:43. [Read more…]

Marathon records tumble at ING Ottawa Marathon

Women and Wheelchair Marathon Records shattered at ING Ottawa Marathon … Record participation for 32nd Ottawa Race Weekend; Morrocan crowned male marathon champion

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – A 22-year old record was shattered in the women’s marathon today as Canadian Lioudmilla Kortchaguina crossed the finish line of the 2006 ING Ottawa Marathon with a new course – and personal – record with a time of 2:29:42. Ethiopian Moges Zebenaye (2:36:14) and Helena Loshanyang Kirprop of Kenya (2:37:43) followed. Tania Jones was the second Canadian to cross the finish line, and 4th overall with a time of 2:43:00. In the men’s category, Morrocan Abderrahime Bouramdane was declared champion with a time of 2:12:18. Fellow countryman Zaid Laaroussi (2:12:59) was second and Great Britain native Brad Poore (2:24:28) was third. Charles Bedley, from Toronto, was crowned the new Canadian champion as he finished fifth with a time of 2:27:58. [Read more…]

New Champions in ING Ottawa Marathon

Lioudmilla Kortchaguina captures Canadian women’s title two days after obtaining citizenship

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The excitement was palpable at the 31st ING Ottawa Marathon today as David Cheruiyot, a 35-year old from Kenya, took first place with a time of 2:14:20.3, beating John Itati (2:14:46.6) also from Kenya and Danny Kassap (2:15:12.6) of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year’s winner and course record holder Elly Rono finished fifth with a time of 2:16:47.3. Victoria native, Jim Finlayson, 32, captured his first Canadian title (seventh overall) with a time of 2:18:20.7. He was followed by Kitimat’s Ryan Day, 22, (2:19:55.0) and Toronto’s Matthew McInnes, 30, (2:21:45.2). [Read more…]