As most Canadian runners will tell you, running in high winds under freezing temperatures is part of what it means to be a Canadian runner. Unfortunately these less than ideal conditions were present this Sunday as some of Canada’s most elite distance runners ‘toed’ the line for The Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal, which serves as the Canadian Half Marathon Championships.
Reid Coolsaet, 31, of Guelph, ON, and owner of a 2012 Olympic Marathon qualifying standard, took home the win in a time of 1:04:54. This time is no indication of his fitness, given his recent NYC Half Marathon time of 1:02:42 on March 20th.
Finishing second to Coolsaet was defending champion Matt Loiselle from Toronto, ON in a time of 1:05:28.
Former University of Toronto runner and current member of Athletics Toronto, Megan Brown, was victorious in her first Canadian Half Marathon Championship, winning in a time of 1:14:08. She defeated recent Around the Bay 30k champion Dayna Pidhoresky of Tecumseh, ON who finished in a time of 1:15:03. Lanni Marchant who hails from Runners Feed’s hometown base of London, Ontario finished in 5th place.