Canada’s current second fastest female marathoner is putting up some impressive PBs. Last month, the Brantford, Ont.-native won the Vancouver half-marathon with a lifetime best, showing that her endurance is in top form with a 1:14:02. DuChene then won the women’s race at Burlington’s Downtown Dash on Thursday night, placing third overall in the process.
What’s perhaps even more impressive was 35-year-old’s whopping 2:14 improvement on her previous personal best at the 5K distance. DuChene’s winning time of 16:32 absolutely destroyed her time from the 2011 Brantford Classic 5K, where she won in a relatively conservative 18:46.
DuChene and Lanni Marchant both shocked the Canadian running community last spring by running impressive times in the Rotterdam Marathon. The two runners nearly qualified for the 2012 Olympics, narrowly missing the cut-off standard by just over one and two minutes respectively. That close call had many wondering if Athletics Canada should relax their standards for the two female runners. Canada will not be sending a marathoner to compete in the women’s race in London and Marchant and DuChene’s appeal to be sent was denied.
According to DuChene’s blog, she is now in brief down period in her training before she begins to build for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October. Both she and Marchant have stated that they plan on going after a sub-2:30 finish in Toronto. Both also hope to represent Canada at next year’s world championships in Moscow.
Watch for a feature on DuChene coming up in the September issue of Canadian Running magazine.