Deressa Chimsa To Run Toronto Waterfront by Paul Gains

According to Race Director, Alan Brookes, “We’re really excited to announce the late addition of Deressa Chimsa to our 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront field. Anytime we get an athlete of this calibre, and with such consistency, it’s very special. To the best of our knowledge, he will be the fastest marathoner ever to have competed on Canadian soil, and adds a real ZING to this year’s race!” Here’s Paul Gains’ latest feature. Enjoy the read. Enjoy the race!

Deressa Chimsa at 2011 Boston Marathon, where he ran 2:07:39

Deressa Chimsa at 2011 Boston Marathon, where he ran 2:07:39

TORONTO. October 1st. The $35,000 course record bonus has proven to be a popular discussion point amongst Ethiopian runners these days as Deressa Chimsa Edae is the latest of his countrymen to enter the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

The IAAF Silver Label race is set for Sunday October 20th and features no less than three athletes who have run faster than Kenneth Mungara’s 2010 course record of 2:07:58 with another handful within a minute of that standard. The depth is something that has race organisers delighted as the race quickly approaches.

Chimsa ran a spectacular 2:05:42 at the 2012 Dubai Marathon and has run under 2:08 five times in the past three years.

Two weeks ago his training partner, Seboka Tola, was forced to withdraw from the Toronto race due to an injury and Chimsa was only too pleased to step into the spot. The pair train with the Demadonna Athletics group under coaches Gebeyehu Berihun and Gemedu Dedefo.

“I was looking for a marathon in late October or the beginning of November but my manager and coaches are always working to do the best for me,” says the 26 year old Chimsa. And, just in case people were wondering about his preparation he reports he is ready to chase the Toronto course record.

Deressa en route to a second-place finish in Frnkfurt last Fall in 2:06:55

Deressa en route to a second-place finish in Frankfurt last Fall in 2:06:55

“My training is going very well. I can’t compare it with other races because they are different seasons but I prepared well for this season. I dropped out of the 2013 London Marathon because of sickness.”

“Of course I know the Toronto course record. I’ll follow the pacemakers.”

Like many of his country’s finest runners his upbringing under rather difficult conditions sowed the seeds for an impressive running career. Moving to Addis, to join the Demadonna Athletics training group, has provided the practical impetus for success.

“I grew up in the village of Kore Edo near the city of Holeta Genet,” he says. “My parents they are farmers and I have two sisters and three brothers.”

Chimsa has performed well on the world scene since taking up marathon running in 2008. His debut race was in Dubai that year and he finished in 2:10:06. A year later he ran two minutes faster on that same course with a new personal best of 2:07:54. A study of his extensive curriculum vitae reveals consistency like very few have achieved.

Deressa on the podium to receive his silver medal at the IAAF  World Half Marathon Championships, 2012

Deressa on the podium to receive his silver medal at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, 2012

In addition to running fast marathons Chimsa represented his country well at the 2012 IAAF Half Marathon Championships in Karvana, Bulgaria claiming the silver medal in a time of 60:51. Then in October of last year he finished 2nd in the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:06:55.

Records tend to fall when all the conditions are right. The Toronto course is fast, the field is strong, and several pacemakers have been employed to help attack Mungara’s record. As so often is the case it will come down to weather conditions. Chimsa can be expected at the front of the pack chasing that record.



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