Athletics Canada, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Ottawa Marathon announce World Championship marathon project

Reid Coolsaet, Andrew Smith, Dylan Wykes & Giitah Macharia pictured just before the Start of the 2009 World Championships Marathon in Berlin -- an experience that is credited with launching Reid & Dylan's international marathon careers

OTTAWA. April 25, 2012 - Athletics Canada (AC) is very excited to announce today a partnership with Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) and Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend which will see funding to help marathoners achieve their goals of participating at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Russia. 

The project provides resources to facilitate more competition opportunities for Canada’s top marathoners, leading to improved performances and ultimately top eight performances at the Olympic Games. 

SEE BELOW for the 2013 Moscow Marathon Project selection criteria. 

The 2013 World Championship marathon project follows a similar successful pilot project around the 2009 World Marathon Cup, an event contended within the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany. The international federation has eliminated the Marathon Cup; however countries will still be able to enter up to five athletes in the marathon event at the World Championships. 

According to Alan Brookes, Race Director, Canada Running Series, “STWM is delighted to partner in this exciting initiative with AC and Tamarack Homes Race Weekend. It builds on the considerable success we’ve had from the Berlin World Championship Marathon project from 2009. It is vital for the Canadian distance running community to have ongoing, annual major goals that provide athletes with the incentive to commit, long-term, to the professional training and preparation that is required for success on the international stage.” Brookes adds, “We look forward to continue working with our national federation to develop similar projects, building depth as well as internationally-competitive men’s and women’s marathoning in Canada.”

 “As Canada’s largest running event, the Ottawa Marathon is committed to growing the sport of running and supporting the development of our Canadian athletes,” said John Halvorsen, Chair, Run Ottawa. “This program has already proven itself – the success of today’s male marathoners is largely attributable to a previous partnership between our two events and AC. We look forward to repeating this success and to seeing our Canadian marathon team excel at the 2013 Moscow World Championships, and beyond.”

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 ATHLETICS CANADA (AC)

2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ATHLETICS

MOSCOW MARATHON PROJECT SELECTION PROCESS

Overview

With the next IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held in Moscow, Russia in August 2013, the IAAF has disbanded the World Marathon Cup format but will allow a maximum of 5 qualified athletes per country to compete. As with the Berlin in 2009 (post-Olympic year), AC has once again teamed up with important partners within the Road Race community in an effort to support our top Marathoners to reach standards necessary to be internationally competitive. Through these partnerships and support we can continue to rebuild road racing in Canada to compete with the best in the World.

Objectives

• To improve the depth and performance in the marathon in Canada leading towards World Top 8 at future Olympic Games by providing international exposure to our top marathoners.

• To encourage Canadian athlete participation in major Canadian marathons

• To prepare athletes for the “on-demand” performance necessary to compete at major Championships

• To first select athletes achieving the level of performance necessary to be capable of finishing in the top 16 at World Championships and Olympic Games

• To select athletes capable of finishing minimally in the top half of the field

Eligibility

• Must be a registered current member (athlete) of Athletics Canada (AC)

• Must hold Canadian Citizenship by the Final Selection date

• Must comply with AC rules including Competitive Readiness Requirements

• Must be otherwise eligible to participate in the 2013 World Championships in Athletics

Step-by-Step Process

Athletes will be selected based on performances in the priority order listed below*. Only performances achieved at marathons recognized for qualifying purposes by the IAAF, and achieved within the IAAF Qualifying Period will be accepted

1. Run under 2:11:29 (men)/2:29:55 (women) in the 2012 or 2013 Ottawa Marathon and/or 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

2. Run under 2:11:29 (men)/2:29:55 (women) in any other IAAF accepted race within the IAAF Qualifying Period

3. Run under 2:15:00 (men)/2:35:00 (women) in the 2012 or 2013 Ottawa Marathon and/or 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

4. Run under 2:15:00 (men)/2:35:00 (women) in any other IAAF accepted race within the IAAF Qualifying Period

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Athletes will be ranked based on their best performance within each step.

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Additional Information

Marathon athletes selected to the 2013 Moscow Marathon Project will be expected to adhere to the same expectations as athletes in all other events as part of the team for the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, including participation in the training camp and meeting competitive readiness expectations.

Marathon athletes nominated for selection are not permitted to take part in any Marathon during the period May 27th, 2013 to September 30th, 2013 unless they make a written request and receive written approval from AC’s Head Coach. Failure to follow this rule will render an athlete ineligible for selection and will affect his/her carding status.

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