Are Gillis and Coolsaet London Bound in 2012?

Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was arguably the most hyped marathon ever on Canadian soil. Did it live up to the hype? It sure did. Coolsaet set out at a blazing pace coming through the half way point in 1:03:58, just narrowly missing the Canadian Marathon Record at the finish line while his training partner, Eric Gillis slipped under the Canadian Olympic Qualifying Standard by 1 second. Furthermore, the official gun time had the first and second place finishers separated by .3 after 42.2 kilometers of racing. What more could we ask for? How about a 100 year old man completing the marathon!?! It was truly a day that will go down in history as the best Canadian Marathon of all time. Alan Brookes and The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Team should be proud. With all that said, several media outlets reported that Coolsaet and Gillis should book their flights to London. Continue reading “Are Gillis and Coolsaet London Bound in 2012?”

Laban Mobien Victorious at Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon, McAneney Crowned 2011 Canadian Marathon Champion

On a muggy day with temperatures around 16 degrees Celsius (61 F) and a humidity reading of 100%, 5,100 runners took to the streets of Ottawa, ON for the 2011 Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon.  Ottawa has played host to over 40,000 runners this weekend competing in six different distances.  This marathon doubled as the Canadian Marathon Championships and showcased some of the great north’s top harriers.

laban moiben
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Elite Men

Lucas McAneney
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Fourteen men (4 pacers) went through the half marathon split at 1:05 even, but by 30k the pack diminished.  According to the Twitter feed of Canadian Running Series Race Director, Alan Brookes, it was Sang, Moiben, Ali, Kemal, Rotich, Abilshikur, Yadete Wol, and Chanchima who came through 31K in 35:14.  The potential to break the course record of 2:09:34 remained alive.

Spectators along the homestretch were in for a treat as Mobien and Ali pulled away from the pack and were side by side at 500m to go.  Mobien accelerated past Ali for the win, finishing unofficially in 2:10:16. Continue reading “Laban Mobien Victorious at Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon, McAneney Crowned 2011 Canadian Marathon Champion”

Canada Running Series Race Director, Alan Brookes, on Runners Feed Live

Alan Brookes, race director of The Canada Running Series, joins us on episode 12 of Runners Feed Live. Following Alan’s sincere thoughts on how the death of Danny Kassap affected the Canadian running community, he shares some of the inherent challenges and triumphs of being a race director.  Brookes passion for distance running, and for improving the platform through which Canadian distance runners can “strut their stuff” is incredibly genuine.  Congratulations to Alan and his team for achieving an IAAF silver label for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.   Continue reading “Canada Running Series Race Director, Alan Brookes, on Runners Feed Live”