News & Releases >> July 4 2010

Reid COOLSAET confirmed to run ACURA Toronto 10 Miler; & Reid speaks up about his goals for Toronto Waterfront Marathon and taking on the Africans!

Reid Coolsaet

TORONTO. July 4th. Reid Coolsaet, of Guelph's Speed River Track Club has confirmed that he'll be racing this Sunday's ACURA Toronto 10 Miler as part of his build up to the September 26th Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The Canadian Marathon Men's Champion for 2009 and the top Canadian at the IAAF World Championships Marathon in a PR of 2:16:53, the 30-year-old Hamilton native is one of the leading lights in a major renaissance of marathoning in Canada. There's no doubt Reid has speed. With PRs of 13:22 for 5000m and 27:56 for 10,000m he's appreciably quicker than his clubmate Eric Gillis who ran a sparkling 2:13:52 marathon debut in Houston in January, and has also confirmed to start Scotia Toronto Waterfront this Fall. How fast can Reid go? What are his goals and hopes for September 26th?

Reid recently answered a few of our questions [below] in his usual candid style.

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Why did you (Reid) decide to run Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon?

There are many reasons why I decided to run STWM. First off it's a fast course and there is always good competition. Running a PB is very important to me right now because I don't feel my current PB is a reflection of my ability. I also like the idea of running a local marathon so many of my friends and family can watch. STWM has a generous prize money structure for Canadians and has shown support for Canadian distance running.

You did 2 marathons for 'fun'/without really specific marathon training in 2009 — will you be taking this one seriously?

I decided to run a marathon (Ottawa) last year 6 weeks before race day. I had a goal of qualifying for the World Championships and I accomplished that. I took training very seriously for the World Champs it was just that I was rushed because there were only 90 days between marathons. I will definitely be taking STWM very seriously this September. Now that I have run two marathons I no longer feel that I'm a 'rookie' and my training leading up to my marathon build-up this time was much better than last year (when I had a broken foot).

How do you hope to do? what sort of time are you hoping for?

In ideal conditions I would like to run 2:12 and be competitive with the international competitors. In the last few years the level of competition has been phenomenal at STWM and I would like to show that Canadians can be up there with the Africans. It's hard to say what level of competition we will see this far out from race day but a top 7 finish would be nice.

Your PRs are better than Eric Gillis for every distance except the marathon. Do you think you can beat Gillis on September 26th?

That's a good question and hard one to answer because we haven't seen our best performance from either of us. My marathon PB (2:16:53) was run in 23°C heat so it does not reflect my ability, 25th place at the World Championships Marathon is a better indicator. Eric Gillis' PB also does not reflect his ability because he ran conservatively for his first marathon in Houston. I believe (as many others do too) that Eric's best event is the marathon so it's not clear cut to compare our 5000m and 10,000m PBs going into the 42.2km. I think I can beat Eric and I think Eric can beat me. In the process of pushing each other I hope we beat many of the other elite athletes.

Will you be training with Eric, or with Josephat Ongeri and David Karanja in Hamilton?

I will be training with both. I will likely do most of my hard workouts with Eric (and other Speed River athletes from time to time) and my easy days with Ongeri and Karanja. There will also be times when the four of us will do some quality sessions together. Ongeri might be pacing us so it will be helpful if he can practice the pacing with Eric and I.