Toronto will get to see world record-calibre marathoner in October

Dickson Chumba will be arguably the greatest runner ever to race a marathon in Canada when he goes for the all-comers' record at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

September 7th, 2017 by | Posted in Editor's Note | Tags: , ,

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The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has landed one of the top marathon performers in history in Dickson Chumba. In the last few years, the event has attracted some talented athletes, but Chumba is easily the most impressive. And what’s most exciting about the 30-year-old Kenyan is that Canadians are going to get to see him race in his prime. 

Chumba is known for being a tough customer. He won the pacer-less 2015 Chicago Marathon by executing a flawless tactical race. He’s also run a few scorchers, including the lighting fast 2014 edition of Chicago, when Eliud Kipchoge led the field and Chumba finished third in his PB of 2:04:32. 

But perhaps Chumba’s craziest race came just this year, when he kept pace with Wilson Kipsang for nearly 35K, as both attempted to break the world record. Kipsang put down some jaw-dropping splits through 30K, and only Chumba was able to keep up.

Canada’s all-comers’ marathon record of 2:06:54 is a relatively pedestrian time for a marathoner of Chumba’s talent. It should go down on Oct. 22 if Chumba stays healthy and catches a reasonable day for racing on the streets of Toronto.

Let’s take a look at a collection of Dickson Chumba’s impressive stats as a marathoner.

Standout numbers from Chumba’s career so far


Chumba’s pace per kilometre for 35K of the Tokyo Marathon earlier this year, which was at world record pace until 30K


Marathon wins: Chicago, Tokyo, Eindhoven and Rome


Top-three finishes in Chumba’s career thus far


Number of marathons finished


Chumba’s PB, from 2014


Chumba’s average time since his 2014 breakthrough


His slowest marathon to date, the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished seventh in an incredibly slow and unevenly paced race

Notable runners Chumba has beat:

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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie 

New York City Marathon winner; 2015 World Championship gold medallist

Kenenisa Bekele 

Multiple gold medallist/world record holder, second fastest marathoner in history

Dennis Kimetto, Emmanuel Mutai and Sammy Kitwara battling it out at the 2013 Chicago Marathon

Sammy Kitwara

2:04:28 personal best

Wesley Korir touches the ground after winning the 2012 Boston Marathon Credit:
Wesley Korir touches the ground after winning the 2012 Boston Marathon

Wesley Korir

Boston Marathon winner

A consistent performer at the World Marathon Majors

World Marathon Majors 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Tokyo Marathon 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd
Boston Marathon 7th
London Marathon
Berlin Marathon
Chicago Marathon 3rd 1st 2nd
New York City Marathon


Dickson Chumba’s marathon progression

The Kenyan has been a consistent performer, averaging 2:06:42 since his 2014 breakthrough in Chicago

2017 2:06:25 Tokyo 26 FEB
2016 2:07:34 Tokyo 28 FEB
2015 2:06:34 Tokyo 22 FEB
2014 2:04:32 (PB) Chicago 12 OCT
2013 2:10:15 Amsterdam 20 OCT
2012 2:05:46 Eindhoven 14 OCT
2011 2:07:23 Frankfurt 30 OCT
2010 2:11:54 Madrid 25 APR


Chumba’s insane 2017 Tokyo Marathon splits

Along with eventual winner Wilson Kipsang, Chumba ran nearly 30K under world record pace in February (even world record splits in parentheses)

5K: 14:15 (14:34)
10K: 28:50 (29:08)
15K: 43:34 (43:42)
20K: 58:05 (58:16)
13.1: 1:01:22 (1:01:27.5)
25K: 1:12:47 (1:12:50)
30K: 1:27:27 (1:27:24)