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The 2018 Houston Half is the informal Canadian championship

A fast crop of Canadians are racing in Houston, Texas on Sunday

Lyndsay Tessier

The 2018 Canadian Half-Marathon Championships are in Calgary in May. In the interim, the Houston Half is a contender for the year’s most competitive half-marathon among Canadians.

The 2018 Houston Half, scheduled for Jan. 14, has more than 10 Canadians in its elite field, according to the latest start list as of Dec. 27. The top Canadians by lifetime bests are Reid Coolsaet (1:02:42) and Natasha Wodak (1:11:20), both of who have raced within the last three weeks. Coolsaet showed up at the Boxing Day 10-Miler and Wodak at the Pioneer 8K.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the Canadian entrants is Cam Levins, who debuted in the half-marathon in December, clocking 1:05:07 in Portland, Ore. The former national outdoor record holder over 10,000m is making his debut as a Hoka One One athlete, a brand with which he recently signed.

RELATED: VIDEO: Spectacular finish at the Houston Half-Marathon.


Sasha Gollish dropped out of the Houston Half and will instead be racing the Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon in Phoenix where Sarah Inglis is also set to race. The Houston Half begins at 7 a.m. local time.

Complete half-marathon fields can be found below. (No Canadian elites are entered in the marathon.)

Men’s field

Men’s Half Marathon Personal Best
Alex Korio Oloitiptit 0:58:51
Guye Adola Idemo 0:59:06
Leul Gebresilase DROP
Daniel Wanjiru 0:59:20
Feyisa Lelisa 0:59:22
Leonard Barsotan 0:59:28
Justus Kipkogei Kangogo 0:59:31
Callum Hawkins DROP
Philip Langat 1:00:04
Wilfred Kimeli Kimitei 1:00:12
Samson Gebreyohannes 1:00:13
Stephen Sambu 1:00:41
Diego Estrada 1:00:51
Sam Chelanga 1:01:04
Temesgen Daba Ejerssa 1:01:08
Weldon Kirui 1:01:10
Luke Puskedra 1:01:29
Tsegay Tuemay 1:01:38
Noah Droddy 1:01:48
Isaac Mukundi 1:02:26
Bernard Lagat 1:02:33
Reid Coolsaet 1:02:42
Kiya Dandena 1:03:13
Edwin Kibichiy 1:03:15
Andy Wacker 1:03:26
Elkanah Kibet 1:03:35
Brendan Gregg 1:03:35
Jonas Hampton 1:03:57
Kevin Castille 1:03:58
Mohamed Hrezi 1:04:00
Sid Vaughn DROP
Luis Orta 1:04:14
Augustus Maiyo 1:04:14
Thomas Toth 1:04:28
Geoff Martinson 1:04:28
Sami Jibril 1:04:30
Alex Monroe 1:04:41
Tesfaalem Gebrearegawi 1:04:45
Willie Milam 1:05:16
Ryan Rutherford 1:06:25
Blair Morgan 1:06:40
Kevin Lewis 1:06:53
Daniel Docherty 1:06:57
Joe Stilin Debut
Cam Levins Debut
Riley Coates Debut
Haron Lagat Debut
Matt McClintock Debut
Daniel Wallis Debut
Wade Meddles Debut
Jemal Yimer Debut

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Women’s field

Women’s Half Marathon Personal Best
Edith Chelimo 1:05:52
Eunice Chumba 1:06:11
Mary Wacera 1:06:29
Helah Kiprop 1:07:39
Molly Huddle 1:07:41
Jordan Hasay 1:07:55
Hiwot Gebrekidan 1:08:00
Ruti Aga 1:08:07
Lisa Weightman DROP
Yeshi Chekole 1:09:13
Aliphine Tuliamuk 1:09:16
Caroline Chepkoech 1:09:52
Tigist Tufa 1:10:03
Serena Burla 1:10:08
Veronicah Maina 1:10:20
Dibabe Kuma Lema 1:10:47
Sasha Gollish DROP
Natasha Wodak 1:11:20
Hillary Montgomery 1:11:49
Buze Diriba 1:11:49
Lindsay Flanagan 1:12:05
Rachel Cliff 1:12:07
Becky Wade 1:12:18
Tracy Barlow 1:12:48
Alia Gray 1:12:48
Danna Herrick 1:12:55
Leslie Sexton 1:13:13
Jovana de la Cruz 1:13:19
Allison Mendez-Cleaver 1:13:21
Emily Setlack 1:13:25
Kinsey Middleton 1:13:30
Dylan Hassett 1:14:09
Joanna Thompson 1:14:10
Kelsey Bruce 1:14:15
Katy Moen 1:14:30
Karen Roa 1:14:35
Cleo Boyd 1:14:44
Emma Bates 1:14:57
Emma Kertesz 1:15:39
Christina Vergara 1:15:43
Perry Shoemaker 1:16:03
Obsie Birru 1:16:13
Rosie Edwards 1:16:25
Rachel Hyland 1:16:59
Lyndsay Tessier 1:17:00
Melanie Myrand 1:17:12
Kyle Blakeslee 1:17:21
Brittany Tretbar 1:17:36
AnnMarie Kirkpatrick 1:15:17
Sarah Attar 1:31:41
Elaina Balouris Debut