Athletics Canada announced today the location of several upcoming major Canadian Championships, including some familiar places and big city road races.
The Canadian Track and Field Championships recently took place in Ottawa and will do so again in 2018, but will move to Montreal in 2019 for the World Trials and 2020 for the Olympic and Paralympic Trials. Beyond that, they will head west to Langley, B.C. for 2021 and 2022.
Although the location for 2019-2020 has yet to be determined, Saint John, N.B. was selected to host the Hershey Canadian Indoor Championships in 2021 and 2022.
As they have since 2015, the Ottawa 10K–an IAAF gold label event–will continue to host the Canadian 10K Road Race Championships through to 2022 as part of Ottawa Race Weekend.
“We’re happy to have been awarded the Canadian 10K Championships for an additional four years. We know local running fans love to cheer on Canada’s top runners as they race through their city’s streets. And as Canada’s only 10K IAAF gold event, this is also great news for Canadian athletes looking to compete against the world’s best on a course lined up with Canada’s most enthusiastic spectators” said John Halvorsen, president of Run Ottawa.
Previously in Montreal and most recently in Calgary–who will host once again in 2018–the Canadian Half Marathon Championships will move to Winnipeg as part of the Manitoba Marathon for 2019 to 2022. Rachel Mundy is the event’s executive director and had this to say: “The Manitoba Marathon is very excited to host Canada’s top athletes. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our beautiful city and fast course. We are proud to partner with Athletics Canada in support of the high-performance program, and we look forward to creating a great experience for runners of all abilities.”
Finally, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will continue to host the Canadian Marathon Championships through to 2022. The event was first awarded the honour in 2015 and with this four-year extension, the championships will stay in Toronto for eight years.
“We are thrilled to continue our hosting of the Athletics Canada Canadian Marathon Championships through to 2022. It has been a great experience to partner with an innovative and receptive national federation who value the endurance and road racing component of the sport. Together, I think we’ve been able to provide more opportunities, more incentives, more encouragement for Canadian distance runners to take on the marathon and compete at the highest international levels in this classic event. We hope that this renewed partnership, that will take us through Tokyo 2020, will also take marathoning to the next level in our country, in terms of both quality and depth,” said Alan Brookes, race director of Canada Running Series.
The selections were made by Athletics Canada’s Competitions Committee and ratified at the Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa July 7-8. Announcements of the Canadian Cross Country, 2019-2020 Indoor and 5K Road Race Championships will be made subsequently.
Edited from a press release