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Voting closes at 7:00am September 26, 2010.
Here are the running bios of all the STWM2010 Starters. Odds are supplied by our expert, Ian Ladbrooke. Ian is an Athlete Coach and Manager, based in Edinburgh. He works with STWM Race Director Alan Brookes to put together the Elite field for Toronto Waterfront — something he also does for a number of other prestigious races around the world including the Delhi and Ras Al Khaimah half marathons and the Mumbai Marathon.
Who can run the fastest Women's time on Canadian soil? [Time to beat, 2:26:01]
Only 25, but an top-tier international marathoner. After running 2:28 & 2:29 in Turin and Shanghai last year, she clocked a superb 2:24:51 for 3rd place in Paris this April. She clearly has the speed, as demonstrated by the 69:24 she ran in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham last October — a time that earned her 6th place in the world championships event.
Age 26 yrs. Co-favourite to win this year's STWM, with fellow Ethiopian Tirfi Beyene. Firehiwot has staked her claim with back-to-back victories in Rome: in 2:27:08 last March, and 2:25:28 this Spring. Also a member of Haji Adilo's group in Addis, she hopes she and Teshome Gelana can make it a double victory for “Team Haji”.
Age 26 yrs. Following a major win in Hamburg this Spring in 2:28:38, Sharon is in good form, and gunning for a 2:25. She hopes she can work with fellow-Kenyan Rose Kosgei to break up the dominant Ethiopian pack.
Remarkably, only 19 years old, this fine young talent has already won the 2010 Ottawa Marathon in 2:28:19 in May, and represented her country in the 5,000m at the World Junior Track & Field Championships in Moncton in July.
Age 23 yrs. Following her 2:28:41 second-place finish in Venice last November, Koren went on to notch a strong 70:52 at the Ras Al Khaimah Half in February. Buoyed, she went hard in April's prestigious Boston Marathon. Injudiciously, she went with Teyba Erkesso, when Erkesso made the decisive break at halfway, running 16:21 between 20k and 25k. Koren paid the price, fading badly in the later stages, finishing 12th in 2:33; Teyba also faded but hung on for victory in 2:26:11. If Koren can run a more sensible pace on Toronto Waterfront, who knows...?
Age 35 yrs. An experienced veteran, with PRs of 31:26 for 10k and 71:08 for the Half marathon; Alevtina has two victories in Nagano where she ran her PR of 2:26:38 in 2008. She was 2nd in Prague this Spring in 2:27:36. She trains with Mikhail Kuznetsov in Cheboksary, the base for almost all the top Russian female marathoners.
Age 29 yrs. Has chosen STWM's flat, fast course for her marathon debut. Rose starts as the impressive Prague Half Marathon champion for the past 2 years, running 69:57 this March and 69:03 last Spring.
A member of Team Japan and star of the Yamada Denki Corporate Team. Maki is also making her marathon debut in Toronto, and hoping for great things. Her Half marathon PR of 70:23 suggests she'll be in the thick of things, and battling hard for national honours.
Age 33 yrs. A vastly-experienced marathoner at the highest levels, with a PR of 2:25:35 run in Chicago in 2003. Most recently, Albina placed 10th at Boston this Spring in 2:31:55.
Age 25 yrs. Teammate to Maki Suzawa, Ayumi has a marathon PR of 2:28:50 at Osaka in 2008.
Age 32 yrs. Though based in Kenya, and training in Mexico, Lucy has friends in Toronto. Her connection has made her a multi-time winner of the Around the Bay, Harry's Spring Run Off 8K and Sporting Life Toronto 10K races here. Her marathon PR of 2:34:00 was run in Monterrey in 2007.
Age 42 yrs. A veteran from Victoria, BC, who has really blossomed over the last 18 months. Set a new course record in winning the Royal Victoria Half last October in 1:15:39. Was 3rd woman, 1st Master at Canadian Half Championships in Montreal this April in 1:16:33.
Given her successes at shorter distances which have crowned her Canada Running Series Champion for the past 2 years, Josiane — originally from Gabon and now a Canadian citizen — has been motivated to try the marathon again. Ran 2:51:09 in London, Ontario in 2005.
Age 32 yrs. From Vancouver, Katherine ran her PR of 2:47:47 in Victoria last Fall.
Age 36 yrs. Having a banner year, having set PRs for every distance from 10K to the marathon – including her 2:38:10 victory in Edinburgh in May.
Second-place in Edinburgh in 2:41:31 for her marathon debut.
Age 25 yrs. PR 2:42:22 run in London on April 25th this year.
Age 37. Kenneth loves Toronto Waterfront! In STWM 2008 he had a thrilling one-second victory in a sprint to the line up Bay Street, in 2:11:01. He followed that up last Fall with a massive PR of 2:08:32, a convincing victory, and the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil. Can Kenneth 3-peat?
The 2nd place finisher at STWM 2009 in a PR of 2:08:48 — his first time under 2:09. He's only 23 years old and one of Ethiopia's bright young stars. He trains with Coach Haji Adilo's group in Addis Ababa. Chala vows to return and “do one better” this year!
A 25-year-old teammate of Chala Lemi's. Teshome ran 2:12:03 in Warsaw last Fall, then had a huge breakthrough to win Houston this January in 2:07:37. The second fastest man on the Start line, and the oddsmakers' pre-race favourite.
Age 32 yrs. STWM's most-famous alumni returns. Daniel was our Champion in 2:10:15, then placed 2nd in 2007. In '07 he ran 2:09:35, only to lose in a dramatic finish, to countryman John Kelai, whose 2:09:30 was at that time the fastest marathon ever run in Canada. After that, Daniel went onto record a scintillating 2:06:58 in Rotterdam in Spring 2008, place 3rd in New York in Fall '08, then 2nd in the illustrious Boston Marathon in Spring '09. Now he's coming back to where his big breakthrough began, looking for victory AND a fast time.
Will be running on his 27th birthday! A man with some speed, and a 27:37 10,000m on the track. He ran 2:09:46 in Reims, France last year, then made a big move to run 2nd to compatriot Teshome Gelana in Houston on January 17th, in a PR of 2:08:27. He followed that up with a 2:08:48 in Paris in April [7th place].
Made a major improvement this Spring with a 2:09:15 surprise victory in Milan over some talented competition. It was just his 4th marathon, and a big step forward from the 2:10:42 he ran in Vienna in April 2009.
Before last year's race, we wrote this about Gashaw: "The real deal! Won Paris in 2006 in 2:08:03. Was 7th in Beijing Olympic Marathon, and 6th in Boston this Spring. Can Gashaw's experience guide the pack to a bunch of 2:08 and 2:09 performances?" And he did just that, making a decisive, strong move at 30k, just as the pace was starting to slip. It pushed Kenneth Mungara to a 2:08:32 victory, Chala Lemi to a 2:08:49 second-place, while Gashaw took third in 2:09:23. Since then, he's won again in Shanghai in November, and placed 6th again in Boston this April. Can this masterful veteran use his guile to lead him to victory this year?
Age 29 yrs. Is he ready to “pop” one? Since placing 4th at STWM2008, David has subsequently gone onto run 2:12:02 in the heat of Mumbai '09, 61:29 in the Lille Half last year, then a PR of 2:09:24 in Eindhoven last Fall.
Age 26 yrs. A young man on the move, confident and motivated after a strong run in Rome in March — a 2:09:08 for 3rd on a tough course. This was a major step forward after running several smaller marathons in the 2:13 to 2:15 range.
Another relatively unknown, talented East African, who did a great job of pacemaking Gelana and Yigeze in Houston to 32km in January, then went on to victory at the Valencia Marathon in 2:09:44 the following month.
Age 26. Champion in Mumbai in January 2010 [2:12:34]. However, Denis is a talent just waiting to “pop' a marathon, and maybe the best “Outsider” bet! Has a Half PR of 60:33, and has run under 62 minutes for the half-marathon 6 times. He led the pack through halfway at the Prague Marathon this May in an injudicious 62:33 before fading to 6th in his current PR of 2:10:51...
The first Eritrean to toe the Start line in Toronto, Beraki ran a 2:11:55 in Frankfurt last October, then improved to a 2:10:06 Hamburg in April, for 3rd place.
Age 30 yrs. Eric is the leader of a new generation of Canadian men's marathoners – the best we've seen in 15 years. Originally from Antigonish, Eric now lives and trains with Guelph's Speed River TC. He represented Canada in the 10,000m at the Beijing Olympics, then “moved up” for an impressive, controlled 2:13:52 marathon debut at Houston in January; now he's ready to show the world we can be internationally competitive.
Age 31 yrs. A Hamilton native and club-mate of Eric Gillis' at Speed River, Reid ran last year's Ottawa Marathon on just 6 weeks training to win a place running the World Championship Marathon for Canada in Berlin last August where he ran his 2:16:53 PR. With better times than Eric at every distance except the marathon, Reid hopes they can push each other to both set new PRs and beat the Africans.
Represented Mexico in the 10,000m at the Beijing Olympics. Has 13:18 and 27:43 PRs at 5000m & 10,000m. Currently Mexico's #1 marathoner, this will be his third crack at the distance, following a 2:13:33 cautious debut at Maraton Lala in 2009, and then a 10th place finish at Boston this April in 2:12:33.
Age 32. Had a strong breakthrough at last year's STWM, where he ran his 2:12:09 PR to place 5th.
Age 25 yrs. One of the best young prospects on the HONDA Japan team, Minoru will be making his marathon debut in Toronto. He has an impressive half marathon PR of 62:53 run in Yamaguchi last year, and this Spring ran 64:00 at Sendai Half.
Age 26 yrs. Canadian Half Marathon Champion in both 2009 [64:10] and 2010 [65:07]. A member of the BROOKS Canada Marathon Project, ready to move up and make his mark at full 42km distance, with hopes of London 2012.
Age 28. Now a Canadian citizen, Danny astounded us in 2004 when, as a young, new refugee to Toronto, he beat the field to claim victory at STWM, over the favoured Kenyans, in 2:14:50. As his life and running career were finally surging forward, with a win at Montreal Marathon and a 15th place at London in April 2008, Danny experienced an almost-fatal heart attack at the 5km mark of the Berlin Marathon in September '08. Now getting back to training with the medical thumbs-up, Danny hopes he can re-discover his former, winning form.
Age 30 yrs. Has run 2:12:50 and 2:12:29 the last two autumns in Dublin; the winner of the Vancouver Marathon this May in 2:16:55.
Age 31 yrs. An experienced marathoner, Dave Norman ran his 2:18:34 PR in 2005, and notched a 2:19:05 at this April's London race.
Age 36 yrs. A huge inspiration to all recreational athletes. A self-proclaimed “fat bloke, bouncing along next to club runners” when he weighed 225 lbs and ran 3:07 at the London Marathon in 2007. This Spring, he ran at a svelt 145 lbs and took 48 minutes off that time with a 2:19:38 PR!
Age 39 yrs. A relative newcomer to marathoning, he set his PR of 2:24:18 at London in April.
Age 32. A veteran on the Peruvian National Marathon Squad, who ran STWM07, but was forced to drop out because of injury. He has a marathon PR of 2:21:01, and most recently placed 9th at the Bogota International Half in 65:59. Bogota is over 2,600m above sea level — and this is always the challenge for Latin American athletes. How will they adjust to performing at sea level?
Age 28. Another member of the Peruvian National Marathon squad looking for international experience at sea-level. STWM2010 will be his marathon debut. He has a Half-marathon PR of 65:22 and ran 66:14, for 10th place at the Bogota Half on August 1st.
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