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Canada in Japan for Chiba Ekiden

Chiba Ekiden

Chiba Ekiden

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada has sent a contingent of eight athletes to Japan to compete tomorrow in the 23rd annual International Chiba Ekiden Road Race Relay.  The unique marathon distance road race relay features mixed men’s and women’s teams running six alternate legs.

The Chiba Ekiden relay will unfold in the following order: men’s 5km, women’s 5km, men’s 10km, women’s 5km, men’s 10km and then ending with a women’s 7.195km leg. Canada will face strong competition from twelve nations including the host country, China, Kenya, the United States, Romania and Russia.

Team Leader, Thelma Wright comments on the Canadian team, “Our young team is up to the challenge and will be looking for personal bests and a strong team result against some of the world’s best”. Wright adds, “Experienced Chiba returnees Lanni Marchant and Natasha Wodak along with 2011 Canadian cross-country team members Kate Vaughan and Derek Snider will be joined by 2008 Olympian Taylor Milne and 2009 World Championship team member Rob Watson, Dayna Pidhoresky and young upcoming road racer Terence Attema”.

Athletics Canada l2011 Chiba Ekiden Road Race Team

Name Hometown Personal Coach
Terence Attema Smithville, Ont. Stuart Galloway
Lanni Marchant London, Ont. Dave Mills
Taylor Milne Guelph, Ont. Dave Scott-Thomas
Dayna Pidhoresky Tecumseh, Ont. Josh Seifarth
Derek Snider Lindsay, Ont. Dave Scott-Thomas
Kate Vaughan Saint John, Nfld. Fabien Basset
Rob Watson Guelph, Ont. Dave Scott-Thomas
Natasha Wodak Port Moody, B.C. Brit Townsend

Integrated Support Team

Thelma Wright Team Leader Vancouver, B.C.
Chris Moulton Team Coach Hamilton, Ont.
Ron O’Hare Physiotherapist Aurora, Ont.



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