For the first time in five years, Rejean Chiasson, who owns a lifetime best of 2:17:47 (2011), is race-ready for a marathon.

Chiasson, who has consistently logged 200-plus kilometre weeks in the lead-up to the world’s most famous road race, could once again be the top Canadian in a big-city marathon. The 33-year-old has run marathons, more than 10 he says, since 2012 but has not “raced” one competitively. (He is not on the elite start list as he used a marathon time from a race in which he paced a friend.)

The 2012 Canadian marathon champion is balancing the obligations of being a head coach with Toronto-based Pace & Mind as more than a dozen of his athletes are in Boston while also ensuring he is ready himself. Some team members, instead of running Monday’s marathon, opted to run the also-popular Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) 5K on Saturday.

Rejean Chiasson

The Pace & Mind marathoners. Photo: Jess Baumung.

Fortunately, some of his athletes have run Boston in the past so the roles have in part reversed as Chiasson has been getting pointers about the undulating point-to-point course. The open race begins Monday morning at 9:32 a.m. EDT with the elite women’s field.

Canadian Running caught up with Chiasson on Sunday morning, 24 hours ahead of the race, to chat expectations, why run Boston in 2017 and a soon-to-be addition to the family. Chiasson has the fastest PB of any Canadian in the field following the announcement that three-time Olympian Eric Gillis would not race.

Chiasson is among Canada’s top-50 men’s marathoners of all-time, according to the Athletics Canada historical rankings. If conditions are favourable, westerly winds for example, watch for Chiasson to potentially hit the low-2:20s on Monday.

Useful Canadian Running content for running the 2017 Boston Marathon

Complete 2017 Boston Marathon coverage
Course preview, race-specific tips and suggestions
Boston Marathon jackets through the years
A beginner’s guide to America’s greatest race
Pre-race workout with Rejean Chiasson
The excitement behind running Boston for the very first time
Eric Gillis out of the 2017 Boston Marathon
Pre-race interview with Rachel Hannah
Michael Bergeron wants to joggle a 3:05 marathon in Boston
Michael Wardian back to Boston two weeks after running the Barkley Marathons

How to follow Canadian Running at the 2017 Boston Marathon

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