It has been a big year for Andrea Seccafien. The Guelph, Ont. native moved across the world from Toronto to Melbourne, Australia in September of 2017. Seccafien now trains with Melbourne Track Club, among some of the best female distance runners in the world. MTC is a club that consists primarily of Olympians, most of which are Olympics finalists. Seccafien has also had a whirlwind two years on the track, making both the Olympic and World Championship teams, as well as achieving a personal best of 15:08.59 in the 5,000m.
Australia seems to suit Seccafien. She ran her half marathon debut this weekend in Japan at the Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon in a time of 1:13:19. That is a strong debut, especially considering she is primarily a track athlete and it is still quite early in the season. For context, the Canadian half marathon record is currently held by Rachel Cliff at 1:10:08.
Seccafien has set big goals for herself, and her new training group is helping her get there, “Gone are the days where I would be satisfied with just making a World Championship or Olympic team. These days, I have my heart set on making a global final.” Based on her performance in Japan, Seccafien is well on her way to achieving these big goals.
You can check out Andrea’s blog here to keep up with her running and personal adventures in the AUS.