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Special presentation by Alex Hutchinson, Senior Editor of Canadian Running
The Globe and Mail columnist
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Special Guest Panel includes Reid Coolsaet, Chris Fagel, Alex Hutchinson, Matt Loiselle, Dave Scott-Thomas and Ed Whitlock. Biographies (click photos to enlarge):
Reid Coolsaet ranks among the top runners in Canadian history at distances ranging from 5,000 metres to the marathon. A graduate of the University of Guelph, Reid now competes for New Balance and the Speed River Track and Field Club. His time of 2:11:23 at the 2010 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon made him the fastest Canadian since 1986, and met the qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympic marathon.
Alex Hutchinson is a senior editor at Canadian Running magazine, and writes the Jockology column in the Globe and Mail. A former research physicist and distance runner on Canada's national team, Alex has spent the past three years researching the science of fitness and training for his new book, Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?, published in May by McClelland & Stewart.
Matt Loiselle is 26 years of age, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, graduated from
Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Matt moved to Toronto in July of 2008 to join the Brooks Canada Marathon Project (and put off working as an accountant) and has been running with the team ever since. Some of his accomplishments include being the Canadian Half Marathon Champion in 2009 and 2010 (2nd to Reid this year) and running at the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham, England in 2009. His personal best in the half-marathon is 64:09, and marathon is 2:19:03 at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2010.
Dave Scott-Thomas is a nineteen-time national coach of the year at the University of Guelph, and founded the Speed River Track and Field Club in 1997. He has served as national-team coach at numerous international races, and in 2008 guided two of his athletes (Taylor Milne and Eric Gillis) to spots on the Olympic team in Beijing. His current group at Speed River includes at least three runners who will be aiming to hit the Olympic qualifying time at this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
Ed Whitlock ran seriously in his youth at school and University and was competitive at that time with Gordon Pirie and Chris Chataway both of whom subsequently set world records and competed in the Olympics. Achilles problems in his last year at University hampered his progress. He gave up running when he came to Canada as the sport did not seem to exist at that time in Northern Ontario.
Ed started running again when he was 41 and living in Montreal. He concentrated on middle distance running and won the World Masters Championship at 1500 metres. He ran some road races including marathons but that was not his main focus. His best time for the marathon, at age 48 was 2:31:23.
During his 50s he downgraded his running commitment but increased it when he retired at just over 60. He concentrated on longer distance running because of the long standing problem with his Achilles tendon which seemed to be aggravated by speed training. He gradually evolved into running 2-3 hours at a relatively slow pace for his training with little to no speed work apart from races.
As he approached 70 and was running marathons in the 2:50s he realized that he had a chance to be the first man over 70 to run a marathon in less than 3 hours. His first attempt was shortly after turning 70 but he took 23 seconds over 3 hours. He then had a knee problem and was off running for over a year and he thought his chance had been missed. However in 2003 at age 72 in the Waterfront marathon, almost at the point of collapse, he managed to just get under the symbolic barrier. One year later on a day when everything was perfect he ran 2:54:50. He has run 3 marathons since turning 70 under 3 hours and no one else over 70 has done one yet.
In 2007 he set the world record for M75 at Rotterdam, 3:04:54 and in April this year at Rotterdam set the M80, record 3:25:43. He hopes to better this mark in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon in October.
Ed also runs on the track and currently has 10 world age class records there ranging from 1500m to 10000m with 2 more pending waiting approval.