Athletics Canada has released the names of the 2012 Chiba Ekiden team.
Two Olympians will lead the group to Japan for the November 23 race. Fresh off their experience in London, marathoner Reid Coolsaet and steeplechaser Alex Genest highlight a talented Canadian group that hopes to place well in the international mixed race.
Canada’s two strongest female marathoners, Lanni Marchant and Krista DuChene, will make the trek to Japan. Tara Korir and Rachel Hannah were also selected to the team after having successful seasons on the road.
Rob Watson, who ran for Canada on last year’s team, will be back. Prince George’s Geoff Martinson will round out the Canadian squad.
DuChene’s coach Rick Mannen will coach the team, with former world class marathoner Jon Brown functioning as “team leader” and Ron O’Hare accompanying the group as physiotherapist.
The Chiba Ekiden is an extremely competitive and popular race in Japan. An ekiden is composed of six legs, 5K, 5K, 10K, 5K, 10K and 7.195K, which add up to equal the distance of a single marathon. Together, the team will attempt to run the fastest cumulative marathon time for the victory.
Last year’s team finished 10th overall in 2:13:52.