The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon has added another elite runner to its roster for the October 21 race: Olympian Jess Trengove of southeastern Australia. Trengove joins an impressive lineup of elites at this year’s marathon, including defending Canadian champion Leslie Sexton, Ethiopia’s Marta Megra and Canadian Kinsey Middleton.
Trengove has 11 marathons to her name, a personal best of 2:26:31, two Olympic appearances and two Commonwealth Games medals, including 2014 (when she pushed ahead of Canadian Lanni Marchant for the bronze), and this year on the Gold Coast, where she finished third behind Kenya’s Mary Keitany and Australia’s Lisa Martin. Trengove was 39th at the 2012 Olympics in London, moving up to 22nd in Rio in 2016. She finished ninth at the IAAF World Championships in London last year.
Last run in thin air with @susankrumins before leaving the mountain ⛰???. Wishing Europeans all the best in Berlin in just over a week ~ will be cheering hard! #EuropeanChampionships @EuroAthletics pic.twitter.com/tTwHeB8aC0
— Jessica Trengove (@JessTrengove) July 30, 2018
Bucking the trend of training at altitude to give themselves an edge on the competition, Trengove and her partner spent four months in the Netherlands earlier this year, though she did also spend some time in the Swiss Alps in July.
This will be Trengove’s second time racing in Canada, having represented Australia at the World University Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ont. in 2010.
In addition to working part-time as a physiotherapist, Trengove is involved in a business startup called Rundies that makes underwear designed for athletes.