Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K Returns to In-Person Racing with Sold-Out Field

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Leslie Sexton and Ben Flanagan win Canadian 10K Championships at Canada Running Series’ first race since the start of the pandemic.

TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 18, 2021 — The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K (STWM) took place on Sunday with a sold-out field of 5,000 participants, marking a welcomed return to in-person racing with Canada Running Series’ first in-person race since the beginning of the pandemic.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be returning to in-person racing with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K, and to be partnering with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend to host the Athletics Canada 10K Championships,” said Charlotte Brookes, National Event Director at Canada Running Series. “Even more, we’re honoured to be running for a cause, raising nearly $2 million so far for 151 local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, putting us on track to raise $3 million this year.”

While Scottish star Sarah Inglis is the official winner of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 10K with a time of 31:59, Vancouver’s Leslie Sexton claimed the Canadian 10K Championships title in 32:04, taking 1:13 off her personal best. Sexton was followed by Cleo Boyd (33:21) and Natasha Wodak (33:33). Ben Flanagan impressed in his 10K debut, finishing in 28:42, and was closely followed by Olympians Lucas Bruchet (28:49) and Benjamin Preisner (28:53). Three-time Paralympian, Josh Cassidy, took first place in the wheelchair race in 21:50, an incredible redemption after being left off the Tokyo 2020 team.

“I’m super happy Sarah [Inglis] was in the race even though she wasn’t eligible for the Championship,” said Sexton of chasing Inglis throughout the race. “She was always close enough that I could see her and feel like I was chasing her, or at least just trying to hang on and keep the gap about the same. Having her pull me along was awesome. I ran a PB by like a minute and I’ve got her to thank in part for that.”

After spending some time racing in the US, securing the 10K Championships title on Canadian soil was incredibly special for Kitchener-native Flanagan, but it was not without a challenge. Bruchet and Preisner stayed close behind throughout, ensuring a competitive race for Flanagan’s 10K debut as they chased down the title.

“I’ve got a lot of experience with the 10K on the track, but I’ve never run a 10K on the road, so it’s nice to have an official PR and to dip under 29 minutes,” said Flanagan. “It was a very elite field, and everyone wanted it today so I knew it was going to be a pretty hard fight to the line. And that’s what ended up happening.”

Since 2003, $45 million has been raised as part of STWM’s Scotiabank Charity Challenge. STWM’s 2021 Scotiabank Charity Challenge is accepting donations as part of the challenge until November 15, 2021. Scotiabank pays for all related transaction and credit card fees, allowing participating charities to keep 100 percent of the proceeds raised.

To ensure the health and safety of participants, staff, volunteers, vendors, and media, verification of full vaccination was required to gain access to the race area. Staggered start times funnelled 50 waves of 100 people each across the start line to ensure social distancing on the course.

2021 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K Results

10K Wheelchair

  1. Josh Cassidy, 21:50

10K Women

  1. Sarah Inglis, 31:59
  2. Leslie Sexton [top Canadian], 32:04
  3. Cleo Boyd, 33:21
  4. Natasha Wodak, 33:33
  5. Alexandra Lucki, 33:57

10K Men

  1. Ben Flanagan, 28:42
  2. Lucas Bruchet, 28:49
  3. Benjamin Preisner, 28:53
  4. Justin Kent, 29:03
  5. Jeremy Coughler, 29:04

To see a list of charities involved in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and to donate, please visit the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon website.

For additional highlights and race results, please visit www.stwm.ca.

Twitter and Instagram hashtags: #TOwaterfront42K, #MoveForwardTO, #runCRS

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com.

About Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, cross-country running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: athletics.ca.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running and walking festival with six races, including the Ottawa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and Kids Marathon, as well as the Lumberjack, Voyageur or Bytown distance challenges. In 2021, runners and walkers in the virtual event raised a record-breaking $1,064,163.58 for local and national charities through the Charity Challenge. The 2022 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 28-29.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won the Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award. The event is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Gold Label Marathon, and is host to Athletics Canada’s Canadian 10K Championships. For more information or to register, visit: www.runottawa.ca.

Media Contact:

Sam O’Neill
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
sam@canadarunningseries.com

Flanagan and Sexton Crowned Canadian 10K Champions

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By Paul Gains

With an abundance of Covid pandemic caution, the 2021 Athletics Canada 10K Championships signalled a return to in-person racing this morning on Toronto’s Lake Shore Boulevard. When it was over, Ben Flanagan and Leslie Sexton were crowned national champions.

Flanagan, who narrowly missed a Tokyo 2020 Olympic berth, returned from his training base in Charlottesville, Virginia, to capture the gold and the accompanying $5,500 first place prize money but he had to battle hard for the victory.

His 28:42 on the out-and-back course represented a splendid debut at the distance but he was chased to the finish by Vancouver’s Luc Bruchet, a two-time Canadian Olympian at 5,000m. Flanagan and Bruchet fought tooth and nail over the final kilometre, and the latter was forced to settle for second place in a personal best of 28:49. He earned $3,000 for second.

“It feels great,” said Flanagan, who visited family in Kitchener, Ontario earlier in the week. “I am a happy guy. I knew coming in it was going to be a pretty good race and with ten or twelve guys at 6km, it was a race all the way to the line. I kind of had a hunch it was going to be me, Luc, Ben and [Justin] Kent in the last few kilometres, and that is how it worked out. I just gave everything I had over the last 2km to bring it home.

“The plan is only to get better from here. If this is the starting point and we build off of this, this could be a good year. I am really happy to be starting here. I have to make sure I stay healthy and as long as I do, we should be set up for a good summer.”

The bronze medal and $1,500 prize money went to Ben Preisner, who represented Canada at the Tokyo Olympics in the marathon. He finished in 28:53. The native of Milton, Ontario recently moved to Vancouver to join Bruchet with the BC Endurance Project under the guidance of coach Richard Lee. His time represented a personal best by more than a minute. The field benefited from cool 10C temperatures and a flat course.

The women’s division was no less interesting as Sarah Inglis, a Sottish international and permanent resident of British Columbia, forced the pace from the start. The women’s elite race started fifteen minutes ahead of the elite men’s, so she found herself pushing hard into a head wind over the first half of the race before the course turned 180 degrees for the return leg.

Over the final three kilometres, it was the Scot with only Leslie Sexton, another recently arrived Vancouver resident, for company. Cleo Boyd and Natasha Wodak were the nearest pursuers. Inglis and Sexton pushed each other hard and were rewarded with PBs of 31:59 (Inglis) and 32:04 (Sexton). As she crossed the line, Sexton pumped her fist hard realising she was Canadian champion.

“It was a happy fist bump. I was hurting pretty bad but I couldn’t be any happier,” said Sexton, the 2017 Canadian Marathon Champion. “I made a little move on the hill around 7km and tried to catch Sarah, but it turns out she had more to give and she surged again.

“No regrets. She is just super fit. It felt like it was Sarah’s race and there happened to be a Canadian Championship behind her, to be honest, but chasing her pulled me to a fast time.”

The $5,500 first place prize money will come in handy for Sexton who pointed out, “Living in Vancouver is expensive, man!”

The effervescent Inglis was delighted with her performance today and had been favoured by her competitors earlier in the week. Clearly, she is in the shape of her life and being ineligible for the prize money and medals didn’t reduce her enjoyment of the day at all.

“It was great,” she said through a face mask. “I kind of planned to go hard. I knew I was in PB shape and even with the wind I was like, ‘I am going to go out hard and if they come with me great.’ Leslie and I had a great battle. It helped me get to a faster time.

“I led the whole way but then she drew up next to me and that gave me a kick in the bum to get back towards the finish. I never looked behind me, but people were saying, ‘C’mon girls’ plural. That means she is close by. Honestly, I didn’t know until the last 100m I was clear.”

The silver medal went to Cleo Boyd (33:21) with Wodak taking the bronze.

The race was limited to 5,000 entrants due to Covid restrictions and runners had to wear a mask until they crossed the start line. First to go out and return was Paralympian star, Josh Cassidy, who soloed in the wheelchair race to a time for 21:50.

“I used to live near Lake Shore Boulevard near High Park and never raced any STWM weekend events, so this was really fun to do,” Cassidy declared. “They just made this [wheelchair] event a couple of weeks ago, so it worked out with my schedule. It was a demonstration. Hopefully it is something to build on for the future with prize money and a bigger field. It’s funny, whenever I am driving roads, I am always eyeing them up for training. And on Lake Shore, you can never do that unless it’s shut. It was fun to get out there, a fun course.”

A more personal competition played out near the back of the field as Olympic 50K race walker, Evan Dunfee, fought his brother Adam for family bragging rights. Dunfee, who is planning to race next year’s World Team Race Walking Championships, Commonwealth Games (10km on the track) and World Championships (35km). Dunfee finished in 41:38.

“He was running while I was walking,” Dunfee revealed. “We thought would be evenly matched. He has been running regularly to get in shape, but I don’t think he has put on a race bib in 20 years. He kicked my butt today. It was really awesome. I am really happy with what I did today. Dealing with a bit of [a] hamstring [injury] and to walk 41 and a half coming off Tokyo with a torn hamstring I will take that.”

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com.

About Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, cross-country running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: athletics.ca.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running and walking festival with six races, including the Ottawa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and Kids Marathon, as well as the Lumberjack, Voyageur or Bytown distance challenges. In 2021, runners and walkers in the virtual event raised a record-breaking $1,064,163.58 for local and national charities through the Charity Challenge. The 2022 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 28-29.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won the Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award. The event is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Gold Label Marathon, and is host to Athletics Canada’s Canadian 10K Championships. For more information or to register, visit runottawa.ca.

 Media Contact:

Sam O’Neill

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

sam@canadarunningseries.com

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K Returns to In-Person Racing with the Athletics Canada 10K Championships

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Hosted in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, this race marks Canada Running Series’ first in-person race since the start of the pandemic

TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 13, 2021 — The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K (“STWM”) in-person race is taking place this Sunday, October 17, 2021. With 5,000 participants lacing up for the sold-out event, this marks the first in-person race held by Canada Running Series since the pandemic struck in the spring of 2020. Held in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, STWM will double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships, drawing some of the country’s top distance runners to Toronto to compete for the Canadian title.

This year, 151 local charities are taking part in STWM’s Scotiabank Charity Challenge, and are accepting donations as part of the challenge until November 15, 2021. Since 2003, the Charity Challenge has raised $45 million in tremendous support of 550 local charities dedicated to building vibrant communities. Scotiabank pays for all related transaction and credit card fees, allowing participating charities to keep 100 percent of the proceeds raised.

In the women’s division, Natasha Wodak, two-time Olympian and the Canadian 8K record holder since 2013, is anticipated to lead the pack. With a 10K personal best of 31:59, Wodak is only 15 seconds shy of the national 10K record, held by her own coach, Lynn Kanuka-Williams since 1989. Vancouver’s Leslie Sexton and Scottish star Sarah Inglis are expected to push Wodak all the way.

The men’s division is expected to be fiercely competitive as they chase down the Canadian record (28:17), set by Newfoundland’s Paul McCloy in 1987. Tokyo Olympians Ben Preisner and Luc Bruchet will be battling for the win, alongside two-time Canadian Cross Country Champion Mike Tate, and Ben Flanagan, who will be seeking redemption after failing to secure a spot on the Tokyo 2020 team. Prepare for some sibling rivalry as Olympic bronze medallist, Evan Dunfee, racewalks against his brother, Adam Dunfee, who will run the course.

To ensure the health and safety of participants, staff, volunteers, vendors, and media, verification of full vaccination will be required to gain access to the race area. In an effort to encourage physical distancing throughout the event, staggered start times will funnel 50 waves of 100 people across the start line beginning at 7:59 a.m. EDT with the elite wheelchair race.

Race Details

When

  • Sunday, October 17, 2021
  • 7:59 a.m. – 10K Championship elite wheelchair start
  • 8:00 a.m. – 10K Championships elite women start
  • 8:13 a.m. – 10K Championships elite men and 10K Masters start

Where

  • Start Line Location: Lake Shore Boulevard at Strachan Avenue
  • Finish Line Location: Lake Shore Boulevard just above Coronation Park

Photo Opportunities

  • 7:00 a.m. Broadcast begins
  • 7:45 a.m. Land acknowledgement
  • 7:59 a.m. Elite wheelchair start
  • 8:00 a.m. Elite women start
  • 8:13 a.m. Elite men and masters start
  • 8:32 a.m. Women’s winner crosses finish line
  • 8:40 a.m. Men’s winner crosses finish line
  • 9:00 a.m. Awards ceremony

Media Accreditation

Media interested in covering the STWM 10K must register for accreditation here. All media must receive advance accreditation to gain access to the in-person event on October 17. Media must also provide proof of full vaccination in order to access restricted event areas including the start and finish line. Photo and interview opportunities will be available near the start and finish lines for a limited number of accredited media.

Out of an abundance of concern for the safety, after checking in, media will be escorted to an assigned position where they will stay throughout the race. After crossing the finish line, athletes will be carolled to the media area for interviews and photos.

Livestream Broadcast

The 2021 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K in-person race will be available via livestream at www.stwm.ca. The livestream will begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT and will cover the entirety of the event free of charge.

Traffic Advisory

Road closures will take place on Sunday, October 17 from 4:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The following areas will be closed:

  • Strachan Avenue: Lake Shore Blvd. West to Fleet Street
  • Fort York Blvd.: Lake Shore Blvd. West to Fleet Street
  • Lake Shore Blvd. West: Bathurst Street to Windermere Avenue
  • Parkside Drive: Spring Road to Lake Shore Blvd. West
  • Colborne Lodge Drive: The Queensway to Lake Shore Blvd. West
  • Ellis Avenue: The Queensway to Lake Shore Blvd. West

More information on road closures throughout the event can be found here.

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com.

About Athletics Canada
Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, cross-country running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: athletics.ca.

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running and walking festival with six races, including the Ottawa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and Kids Marathon, as well as the Lumberjack, Voyageur or Bytown distance challenges. In 2021, runners and walkers in the virtual event raised a record-breaking $1,064,163.58 for local and national charities through the Charity Challenge. The 2022 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 28-29.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won the Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award. The event is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Gold Label Marathon, and is host to Athletics Canada’s Canadian 10K Championships. For more information or to register, visit: www.runottawa.ca.

Media Contact:
Sam O’Neill
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
sam@canadarunningseries.com

Ten to Watch at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K

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Photo credit: Run Ottawa

By Paul Gains

WOMEN

Natasha Wodak, 39
Vancouver, BC
PB 31:59

Wodak is a two-time Olympian, having represented Canada at both the 2016 Rio and Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she finished a splendid 13th in the marathon. Only three Canadian women have had better finishes at the Olympics. Under the guidance of Lynn Kanuka (since 1989 the Canadian 10k record holder at 31:44), she has slowly resumed training with an eye on competing for gold and the $5,500 first place prize on offer in Toronto.

Leslie Sexton, 34
London, Ontario
PB 33:17

Sexton recently moved to Vancouver, where her coach and partner Steve Weiler, has taken up coaching duties at UBC. She has been coaching the Vancouver Thunderbirds running group. The 2017 Canadian marathon champion has put in some strong performances at 10k over the years too. This past summer, she took the bronze medal at the Canadian 10,000m Championships held in Vancouver. Settled into her new home in Vancouver, she has been out on several training sessions with Wodak.

Sarah Inglis, 30
Falkirk, Scotland
PB 32:24

Inglis moved to Canada in 2013 to compete for Trinity Western University while working on her Master’s in Education. She has remained in Langley, B.C. as a ‘permanent resident’ of Canada. Twice she has represented her native Great Britain: at the European Team Championships in 2019 and as a junior in the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. With her marathon debut in 2020 (2:29:41), she is aiming to represent Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. She is not eligible for medals or prize money in Toronto, but relishes the opportunity to race in this championship.

Erin Teschuk, 26
Winnipeg, MB
PB: Debut at 10k

Teschuk won numerous Manitoba high school championships before competing at North Dakota State University. It was while she was a student at NDSU that she represented Canada at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase. She ran a PB of 9:40.07 in Beijing. The following year, she ran for Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Although STWM 10K will mark her debut at the distance, she has run an excellent 26:28 for 8km and has been piling in the miles. Last month she moved to Kingston to coach at the Royal Military College.

Rachel Hannah, 35
Toronto, Ontario
PB: 33:08

In 2015 Hannah took the bronze medal in the Pan Am Games marathon on an extremely tough course. This is indicative of her resilience and versatility as a distance runner. She represented Canada at both the 2013 and 2015 World Cross Country Championships and won the 2014 Canadian 10K title in 33:08. She has also run 32:33 for the 10k distance though on a non-sanctioned course. These days, she is focusing on her career as a dietician at the University of Guelph’s Student Wellness department.

 

MEN

Ben Flanagan, 26
Kitchener, Ontario
PB: 27:49.09 10,000m
10k road debut

After graduating from the University of Michigan, where he ended his career with the 2018 NCAA 10,000m title, Flanagan turned pro with Reebok Boston Track Club. His impact on road racing was immediate. He won the 2018 Falmouth Road Race, one of North America’s most prestigious races. He took his second Falmouth title this past August. The 2021 track season saw him run PBs of 13:20.67 (5,000m) and 27:49.09 (10,000m). He must be considered the favourite in what will be his 10k road debut.

Lucas Bruchet, 30
White Rock, B.C.
PB: 29:13

Twice, Bruchet has represented Canada at the Olympics, in Rio (2016) and again in Tokyo (2021). To qualify for Tokyo, he improved his 5,000m PB to 13:12.56. He also showed an improvement in speed by running 1,500m in 3:37.79. Although his 10k PB is 29:13, he has run 28:17.33 on the track. In a sprint finish he could be deadly.

Ben Preisner, 25
Milton, Ontario
PB: 30:10

Preisner signalled his progress to international class when he won the 2019 STWM Half Marathon in 63:08. He also won the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon earlier the same year. In December 2020, he ran 2:10:17 at The Marathon Project in Chandler, Arizona to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Prior to the Olympics he made his international debut for Canada at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships. His personal best at the 10k is 30:10, which he recorded while finishing third at the 2019 Under Armour Vancouver Eastside 10K. Clearly, he can run faster. He recently moved to Vancouver to train with the BC Endurance Project full time.

Justin Kent, 29
Surrey, B.C.
PB: 29:54

Kent won the 2019 Vancouver Sun Run in 29:30 on a point-to-point course, but his PB on a legal course is the 29:54 he ran at the 2019 Cardiff Kook Run in Encinitas, California. He took the silver medal at the 2019 Canadian 10K Championships and at the 2021 Canadian 10,000m Championships (a personal best of 29:14.60). Kent represented Canada at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships as a member of the mixed relay team.

Evan Dunfee, 31
Richmond, B.C.
PB: 40:19

Evan Dunfee has been ranked amongst the world’s top race walkers since the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where he finished 6th in the 20km event. He went on to win the 2015 Pan Am Games 20km gold medal and, having moved up to the 50km distance, earned bronze medals at both the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2019 World Championships. His best 10km time of 40:19 was achieved en route to a 20km national championships. However, last summer he walked to a national 10,000m (track) record with a time of 38:39.72. He will be chasing a personal best road time in Toronto.

Media interested in covering the STWM 10K must register for accreditation here. All media must receive advance accreditation to gain access to the in-person event on October 17.

For the full start list, please visit: 2021 Canadian 10K Championships Elite Fields.

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com

About Athletics Canada
Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, cross-country running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: athletics.ca

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running and walking festival with six races, including the Ottawa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and Kids Marathon, as well as the Lumberjack, Voyageur or Bytown distance challenges. In 2021, runners and walkers in the virtual event raised a record-breaking $1,064,163.58 for local and national charities through the Charity Challenge. The 2022 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 28-29.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won the Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award. The event is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Gold Label Marathon, and is host to Athletics Canada’s Canadian 10K Championships. For more information or to register, visit: www.runottawa.ca.

Media Contact:
Sam O’Neill
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
sam@canadarunningseries.com

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K In-Person Race to Be Livestreamed

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This marks the first in-person Canada Running Series event since the start of the pandemic.

TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 13, 2021 — The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K (“STWM”) is taking place on October 17 and will be available to watch free of charge via livestream. The broadcast of the entire race will be available at stwm.ca, on Facebook, and on YouTube.

Held in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, the race will serve as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships and marks a welcomed return to in-person racing after the pandemic forced STWM to transition to a virtual race in 2020.

The broadcast will begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT. Viewers will be able to watch the women start at 8:00 a.m. EDT, followed by the men at 8:13 a.m. EDT. With 5,000 participants in total, 50 waves of 100 people each will follow the Championships fields.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to collaborate with Run Ottawa and Athletics Canada to bring back a major in-person road race before the end of 2021,” said Alan Brookes, Race Director at Canada Running Series. “It is an important sign that we are on the way back. Whether you’re with us in person on Sunday, running STWM virtually in 29 countries around the world, or watching the livestream, we hope that the race will be an enormous inspiration for Canadian running.”

For the first time at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, a land acknowledgement will be given ahead of the race, presented by Krystal Abotossaway. An urban Ojibwe Anishinaabe Kwe and president of the Indigenous Professional Association of Canada (IPAC), Abotossaway is from Aundeck Omni-Kaning First Nations and Chippewas of Rama First Nations.

The race has attracted a great lineup of men’s and women’s Canadian distance stars from across the country with their eyes firmly set on the Canadian record of 28:17 set in 1987. Tokyo Olympian and 2021 5K Championship winner Luc Bruchet will be going head-to-head with fellow Olympian Ben Preisner, two-time Canadian Cross Country Champion Mike Tate, and Ben Flanagan, who narrowly missed a spot on the Tokyo 2020 team.

In the women’s race, Canadian 8K record holder Natasha Wodak will be hoping to continue on from her outstanding 13th place finish in the Tokyo Olympic marathon. Wodak’s personal best of 31:59 is only 15 seconds shy of the existing national record, set by her coach, Lynn Kanuka-Williams, in 1989. Vancouver’s Leslie Sexton is also in good form, having recently won the Canadian 5K Championship in 15:73.

“After being part of the broadcast team for the 2020 Olympic Games Marathon, I’m happy to be back again for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 10K,” said Krista DuChene, race commentator and 2016 Olympic marathoner. “Alan Brookes and Canada Running Series have been an integral part of my career and I’m excited to continue being involved as Michael Doyle and I provide live coverage of the race.”

The race will once again be produced by Astrodog Media, a Kitchener-based production company that has lent its talent to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon since 2012. Leveraging their vast experience in and passion for the race, commentators will consist of Krista DuChene, who placed third at the 2018 Boston Marathon; Olympian Kate Van Buskirk, who competed in the 5,000m at Tokyo 2020; and Michael Doyle, a veteran journalist who has covered track and field for over a decade.

Media interested in covering the STWM 10K must register for accreditation here. All media must receive advance accreditation to gain access to the in-person event on October 17.

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: torontowaterfrontmarathon.com

About Athletics Canada
Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, cross-country running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: athletics.ca

About the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend
The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s largest running and walking festival with six races, including the Ottawa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and Kids Marathon, as well as the Lumberjack, Voyageur or Bytown distance challenges. In 2021, runners and walkers in the virtual event raised a record-breaking $1,064,163.58 for local and national charities through the Charity Challenge. The 2022 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend will take place May 28-29.

The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend was named Event of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Tourism Awards, and in 2020, its title sponsor Tamarack Homes won the Sport Tourism Canada’s Canadian Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award. The event is one of only two running events in Canada to host a World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Gold Label Marathon, and is host to Athletics Canada’s Canadian 10K Championships. For more information or to register, visit: runottawa.ca

Media Contact:
Sam O’Neill
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
sam@canadarunningseries.com

2021 Canadian 10K Championship Elite Fields

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In partnership with the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and Athletics Canada, we are very excited to host the 2021 Canadian 10K Championships at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. If you are planning on cheering on the runners, please find the most updated Start List for both the Women’s Race (8:00 a.m. start) and Men’s Race (8:13 a.m. start).

WOMEN’S RACE – START LIST

Bib #First NameLast NameCityProvinceIG Handle
F-1NatashaWodakNorth VancouverBC@tashawodak
F-2LeslieSextonVancouverBC@leslie.sexton
F-30SarahInglisSurreyBC@sarahinglis5
F-3BrianaScottVancouverBC@_briana_scott
F-4CleoBoydKingstonON@cleo_runs
F-5AlexandraLuckiTorontoON@alexlucki
F-6KirstenLeeNorth VancouverBC@kirstenlee
F-7ErinTeschukKingstonON@erin.teschuk
F-8RachelHannahPort ElginON@rachelhannahrd
F-9AnneJohnstonSt. John'sNL
F-10LauraDesjardinsTorontoON
F-11AsiaDwyerTorontoON
F-12KateGustafsonTorontoON@atrueworld
F-13JenniferMurrinMount PearlNL
F-14BeccaBrennanTorontoON
F-15KaytlynCriddleReginaSK
F-16KathleenDevineTorontoON
F-17LizaHowardTorontoON
F-18DominikaJamnickyGuelphON
F-19TiffanyNewellWellandON
F-20ColleenWIlsonDeep CoveNS
F-21KatherineAhokasHuntsvilleON
F-22SarahBeairstoFrederictonNB
F-23HonorWalmsleyVancouverBC
F-24PascaleDendronTorontoON
91MirandaThompsonTorontoON

MEN’S RACE – START LIST

Bib #First NameLast NameCityProvinceIG Handle
1BenjaminPreisnerVancouverBC@ben.preisner
2LucasBruchetVancouverBC@lucabruca
3BenFlanaganCharlottesvilleVA@ben_flanagan
4JustinKentBurnabyBC@jkent_
5MikeTateLondonON@mike_tate12
6PhilParrot-MigasLondonON@philparrotmigas
7ConnorBlackLondonON@connorblack96
8KevinCoffeyKingstonON@coffeyrunner
9FrançoisJarryMontrealQC@francoisjarry
10BlairMorganOttawaON@captainmorganruns
11JackSheffarLondonON@jacksheffar
12KieranMcDonaldHalifaxNS@kieran_mcdonald8
13EvanDunfeeRichmondBC@evandunfee
14SamVincentWinnipegMB@samvinny
15AlexNeufferHalifaxNS@alexneuffer
16KyleGrieveTorontoON
17LeeWesseliusMountainON@lee_wesselius
18DylanAlickMississaugaON@dylan_alick
19CarlosVargas RocheleauBrossardQC@carlos.sagrav
21MarcRouleauCoquitlamBC@ma_rouleau
22AaronCooperCamlachieON
23RobertBrouilletteCambridgeON
24CalebBelandSudburyON
25PaddyBirchEtobicokeON@paddybirch
26ThomasBroatchVancouverBC
27JacobCameronOttawaON
28JakeCarrollTorontoON
29Jeff CostenTorontoON
30JeremyCoughlerPort HopeON
31WillCowlingUxbridgeON
32AlexCyrTorontoON
33Ethan DavenportTorontoON
34Mitchde LangeThorntonON
35Ben DevitoTorontoON
36CallumDreverCalgaryAB
38MicaiahEllisTorontoON
39DanielFournierWaterlooON
40SamuelKinahanTorontoON
41Robert LawandToronto ON
42RonLoewenSurreyBC
43AaronManningHalifaxNS
44ShawnMasterGuelphON
45AlexanderMaxwellOttawaON
46LucasMcAneneyWaterdownON
47NicolasMorinQuebecQC
48MarkPattonGuelphON
49NicholasPedersenOttawaON
50Ryan SleimanWindsor ON
51GrantWignallSt. CatharinesON
52MathieuGauthierTorontoON
53MilesAvalosTorontoON
54MarleyDickinsonTorontoON
56MarcoLiToronto ON
65XavierKingScarboroughON

Micaiah Ellis to Compete at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K

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The race serves as both a redemption run and a chance at the Canadian U20 10K record

TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 7, 2021 — Grade 12 phenom, Micaiah Ellis, is making moves from the track to the road, having confirmed his entry in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K in-person race on October 17. Hosted in partnership with Run Ottawa, the race will double as the Athletics Canada Canadian 10K Championships.

Like many other athletes, the Scarborough, Ontario student had to adjust his training when the pandemic struck. While training virtually with his coach at the height of the pandemic may not have had the same appeal as outdoor workouts with his club, Ellis has been pushing himself to improve his times and make a mark this season. The pandemic may have caused missed milestones and forced the cancellation of important athletic events, but Ellis has strived to overcome the disappointment that Covid-19 has brought — and his efforts have proven to be momentous.

In July, Ellis competed in the 400m at the NXTCHAMP Invitational in Toronto — an invite-only event for Ontario athletes — earning first place with a time of 49.02 seconds. Soon after, he won the 800m at the York University Track and Field Club Twilight Meet #1, clocking in at 1:51.37.

His winning streak did not stop there. Only five days later, he claimed first in the 800m at the Athletics Ontario U20 Championships, running a personal best of 1:50.47, a time that fell under the World Athletics standard of 1:50.80.

Despite the achievement, Ellis narrowly missed his chance at securing one of the two 800m spots for the 2021 U20 World Athletics Championships team for Canada, a missed opportunity that could have led him to compete in Kenya this past August. His efforts were thwarted when Kootenay Track Club’s Matti Erikson took the last spot later that evening at the BC Endurance Challenge with a time of 1:50.11.

While Ellis did go on to claim first at the Athletics Ontario U18 Championships in August, running the 800m in 1:51.25, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K presents an opportunity for the teenaged track star to showcase his range as an elite athlete. A predominantly 800m runner, the 10K Championships will give Ellis a shot at the Canadian U20 10K record, as well as a chance at redemption after the heartache of missing out on the U20 World Championships.

The current Canadian U20 10K record stands at 32:22, which has been held by Russell Pennock since 2014, when he claimed the title at the Times Colonist 10K in Victoria, British Columbia. The progression that Ellis has made this season puts him in a hopeful position to be crowned with a new title.

Ellis is not without competition, however. Another promising young athlete, 17-year-old Will Cowling, is in the running as well. Like Ellis, Cowling is a rising track athlete who typically sticks to shorter distances — the 1,500m and 3,000m distances in Cowling’s case. Hailing from Uxbridge, Ontario, Cowling took home first place in the 1,500m at the Edge Elite Distance in July, a race hosted by Runners’ Edge and Thorold Elite TC in Welland, Ontario. His time was 3:59:33.

Despite coming off several recent wins, the young athletes will need to dig deep to make their mark at the 10K Championships. Trading the track for a road race against a stacked lineup of seasoned athletes can be intimidating. Ellis’s and Cowling’s inclusion on the start line serves as a testament to their progression and talent, however, and provides them with an incredible opportunity to prove whether their range as young athletes extends off the track and onto the road.

Media interested in covering the STWM 10K can register for accreditation here. All media must receive advance accreditation to gain access to the in-person event on October 17.

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the
Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Run Ottawa.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: https://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/

About Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, crosscountry running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: https://athletics.ca/

About Run Ottawa

Run Ottawa is the National Capital Region’s premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada’s most popular multi-day running event, The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. For more information, visit: https://www.runottawa.ca/

Media Contact:
Sam O’Neill, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
sam@canadarunningseries.com

Scottish Star to Race in Canadian 10K Championships

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Photo credit: Inge Johnson/CRS

By Paul Gains

On her one and only visit to Toronto, Scottish international Sarah Inglis came away with a splendid victory in the 2019 Race Roster Spring Run-Off 8K.

The 30-year-old from Falkirk is now set to return to challenge a top-class field in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K, which doubles as the Athletics Canada Canadian 10K Championships.

Though she has lived in Langley, British Columbia for the past eight years, her status in Canada is ‘permanent resident’ and so she will not be eligible for either championship medals or the substantial prize money on offer.

“Of course,” she said laughing heartily when asked if she would prefer to be in the hunt for prize money. “It’s always nice incentive in a race to have some prize money…Being a part time teacher and training, it would be nice, but I understand that’s just the way it is. I am grateful to be in the race in the first place.”

Guests have occasionally been allowed in Canadian Championships since the mid-1970s and Canadian athletes are normally most thankful for the enhanced competition. Along with teaching three days a week at a Langley elementary school and working with Streamline, a company which matches prospective student-athletes with university scholarships, Inglis has done the majority of her racing in Canada. This has not gone unnoticed by Canada Running Series Race Director, Alan Brookes.

“It is an Athletics Canada 10K Championships,” said Brookes of the October 17th race. “But it also a Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K event and, first and foremost, we have always wanted to create a platform for Canadian athletes and athletes based in Canada.”

Inglis is a triplet who, along with her sister Mhairi and brother Robert, took up running as a youngster. She arrived in Canada to run for Trinity Western University in 2013. TWU head coach, Laurier Primeau, had spent two years as a Scottish Athletics employee and they knew one another. The offer to complete her Master’s in Education while running on scholarship was too much of an opportunity to pass up.

Since then, she has been working with former Canadian international cross-country runner Mark Bomba – remotely since he moved from Langley to become coach at Queen’s University – while retaining her affiliation to her home country.

She has continued to race for Great Britain, finishing 3rd in the 2019 European Team Championship over 5,000m, and adding to the British vest she earned as an 18-year-old at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. A third opportunity to represent her country was offered last year.

After she ran a solid personal best of 1:10:24 in the 2020 Houston Half Marathon, she was given a place on the British team for the World Athletics World Half Marathon Championships in Gydnia, Poland. The event was postponed from March 2020 until October 2020 due to a severe Covid-19 outbreak in that city. In the end, she turned down the invitation.

“The British team actually went to the World Half Marathon Championships, but with travel restrictions in place when we would get back to Canada, I just couldn’t leave the country,” Inglis explained. “I was disappointed to miss those World Championships. They [the World Half Marathon Championships] are in China in 2022, that’s our target. I never got to go two years ago, and It would be nice to try and make the team again.”

There are other targets to reach in 2022. On her marathon debut last December, she ran 2:29:41 in Chandler, Arizona which led to her inclusion in the Scottish Marathon Project, an effort to raise the level of marathoning in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. For the Commonwealth Games, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland enter their own independent teams.

Besides the Spring Run-Off victory before the loss of in-person racing, Inglis won the 2019 Times Colonist 10K in Victoria, British Columbia, in a personal best 32:24. Asked if she can be in that kind of shape when she marks her return to Toronto, she chose her words carefully.

“I am really just starting back to workouts with a solid month of decent training,” she reported. “I am back up to normal mileage. I feel like I am in similar shape to most of the girls in my group, who had a summer season, then took some time off, and we are all starting at the same point in September. I just started training when everyone else was coming off their break. I am not sure what kind of shape timewise, but I have been doing lots of tempo runs and hills and on the trails. I am just going to see what I have got. Every week I am getting fitter in workouts. And I still have another couple of weeks. I think I will be in a good place for the race, hopefully!”

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the
Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Run Ottawa.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: https://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/

About Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, crosscountry running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: https://athletics.ca/

About Run Ottawa

Run Ottawa is the National Capital Region’s premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada’s most popular multi-day running event, The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. For more information, visit: https://www.runottawa.ca/

Media Contact:
Sam O’Neill, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
sam@canadarunningseries.com

Bandits Elite to Battle at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K

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Photo credit: Inge Johnson/CRS

The high-performance group’s unique, tight-knit dynamic has driven their success.

TORONTO, ON, September 30, 2021 — Bandits Elite, a high-performance track club based in London, Ontario, is gearing up to toe the start line at the in-person Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K (“STWM”) on October 17. The group of Bandits heading to the race — held in partnership with Run Ottawa and doubling as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships — consists of two-time national cross country champion Mike Tate, as well as Phil Parrot-Migas, Connor Black, Jack Sheffar, Josh Lumani, Shawn Master, and Jeremy Coughler.

While the Bandits have raced individually throughout the pandemic, STWM will mark their first time competing together since February 2020, when Black placed second in the 5,000m at the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, MA. For those who joined the team during the pandemic, including Tate and Coughler, this will be their first time competing with the whole group.

The team has competed together virtually, however, winning the Athletics Canada 42K Relay Challenge in October 2020, a part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Virtual Race, with a time of 2:09:01. The Bandits each ran roughly 10.55K, with Tate in 31:27, Parrot-Migas in 31:52, Chris Balestrini in 32:50, and Sheffar in 32:52. With the return of in-person racing, the group is eager to tackle the upcoming 10K.

“Always excited to race in person, especially now,” said Tate. “I’m excited to test ourselves against some of the best in Canada.”

The Bandits Elite train together three to five days per week, year-round, opting for indoor training throughout Ontario’s harsh winters. While Sheffar expressed some concern as he has not raced a 10K since 2019, and Black admitted to enjoying some downtime over the summer, Tate is confident that the team’s dedicated training will ensure their readiness heading into the 10K Championships.

More than just teammates and training partners, the post-collegiate athletes, ranging in age from mid- to late-twenties, are also a tight-knit group of friends. In fact, Tate, Black, and Parrot-Migas are currently roommates, while Tate, Sheffar, and Lumani had lived together until recently. But claiming kitchen space may be the biggest challenge for the group that spends a significant amount of time together, and this closeness has had a tremendous impact on building the group’s unique dynamic.

“It helps more than you’d think,” said Black. “If you have guys who are seeking high performance around you, living with you, it just makes it that much easier. And you’re reminded why you do it…I don’t think there’s anything like our group in Canada.”

“I think I could speak for all of us when we say our time when we’re working out and running together, that’s our escape from reality,” said Sheffar.

Whether working out, running, or just enjoying a beer together on the weekend, Parrot-Migas explained how the self-professed “blue collared athletes” have deeply benefitted from the group’s close bond: “We have two lives. We work, we run, we hang out, we do multiple things, and it’s very unique…I’m enjoying running more now than I did back in university.”

While the Bandits, who hold the 2019 Canadian Cross Country Championships title, push each other’s high performance through their dedicated training regime, they remain laser-focused on their own individual goals as they prepare for the 10K Championships.

“It’s going to be a deep field,” said Tate. “I’d like to compete for the win, personally. I have a title on the grass and a title on the track. I just need one on the road now, so I’ll try and go get that on October 17. And if not, it’s just a fitness test and getting ready for the big one on November 27.”

That race on November 27 is the Canadian Cross Country Championships, to be held in Ottawa, Ontario. After the pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 Championships, the Bandits Elite have their sights set on gold at this year’s race.

“I think we would all agree that’s the goal, to defend our title,” said Sheffar.” And it’s nice because we didn’t have Mike when [we won the title in 2019]. And Mike won the race that year. And then we’ve added Jeremy as well who ran [5,000m in] under 14 minutes for the first time this summer. So our team only got stronger and so hopefully, we can defend.”

As they consider the best timing for growing their Championships mustaches, the group admitted they are not looking far past the current race season.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty with what’s going on right now, so it’s kind of hard to look beyond anything that’s guaranteed,” said Sheffar. “I think we’re all just happy that we get to do another nationals cross country after missing it last year and race on the road here in Canada. I think anything after that will be kind of the cherry on top.”

The team shares videos, edited by Parrot-Migas, on the Bandits Elite YouTube channel, where they document their race experiences. The group plans to share a video recap of their experience at the AC 10K Championships.
Media interested in covering the STWM 10K can register for accreditation here. All media must receive advance accreditation to gain access to the in-person event on October 17th.

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About the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canada’s premier running event and the grand finale of the Canada Running Series (CRS). Since 2017, the race has served as the Athletics Canada national marathon championship race and has doubled as the Olympic trials. During the 2020 event, participants raised over $2.96 million for 163 community charities through the
Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2021, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will host a 10K along Toronto’s scenic lakeshore, the first in-person race for Canada Running Series since the pandemic began, which will also double as the Athletics Canada 10K Championships in partnership with Run Ottawa.

Using innovation and organization as guiding principles, Canada Running Series stages great experiences for runners of all levels, from Canadian Olympians to recreational and charity runners. With a mission of “building community through the sport of running,” CRS is committed to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. For more information, visit: https://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/

About Athletics Canada

Athletics Canada is the national sport governing body for track and field, para athletics, crosscountry running, and road running. Its purpose is to support high performance athletics excellence at the world level, and to provide leadership in developmental athletics. Athletics Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a board of directors elected by provincial / territorial members. For more information, visit: https://athletics.ca/

About Run Ottawa

Run Ottawa is the National Capital Region’s premiere running organization and the organizers of Canada’s most popular multi-day running event, The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. For more information, visit: https://www.runottawa.ca/

Media Contact:
Sam O’Neill, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
sam@canadarunningseries.com

Balancing Strain & Recovery with Canada’s Newest Kinesiology Tape: HEALI

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Any runner will tell you that keeping your body in optimal condition and having the right gear to do so can make all the difference. A proper training regime will inevitably help performance and bring success come race day. Whether you are a beginner or a marathon regular, putting in the required mileage to get your body trained to running distances can often lead to muscles getting overworked and less than ideal recovery periods.

It’s no secret that runners often find it hard to balance perfectly the constant oscillation between periods of strain and periods of recovery. For athletes on tight schedules this dynamic can prove challenging, but a new product from a Canadian upstart might just have the product to help you achieve the right balance.

HEALI Medical Co. is a Canadian company founded by two female entrepreneurs; Heather Sloan, a chiropractor and Enwei Li, a TCM practitioner. HEALI’S first product – an innovative sports tape – is the first tape to embed natural healing and pain relief ingredients directly into a chic designer sports tape. Before HEALI TapePRO, people had to choose between taping for stability and creams for pain relief and healing. HEALI TapePRO provides stability and is infused with menthol and magnesium to promote healing of soft tissue injuries. The menthol provides a cooling sensation that can help relieve pain and the magnesium promotes muscle relaxation and recovery. This combination is unique in the market.

HEALI Tape is functional and fashionable. With nine designer tapes, the product supports runner performance without compromising on style and personal expression. The perfect companion for tapering athletes who have worked through a hard summer of training, HEALI tape brings stability and healing power with style.

Learn more and try the product at www.healimedical.com

RUN HARD. RECOVER FASTER.