Canadian marathon record-holder Cam Levins didn’t finish the Philadelphia Rock n’ Roll half-marathon on Sunday. Levins, who’s preparing for the upcoming Canadian Olympic Trials at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, stopped just beyond 5K due to residual fatigue.
The runner said via email that he didn’t have an ideal week leading up to the race. “It honestly wasn’t difficult to determine the culprit. I had an atrocious couple of nights of sleep, and just felt like I was running in a haze. I got around three hours’ sleep last night, which may have been manageable if the previous nights were restful, but they weren’t.”
While Levins decided to pull the plug on today’s race, he remains confident in his fitness going into STWM. “I feel super fit and workouts have been going great. Ultimately, I’m not worried about where I am in my marathon build, but I would have liked a strong result in this half-marathon.”
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65:46 today at #RnRPhilly Half. Although my result was about 90 seconds slower than I was targeting I’m happy considering the hot/humid conditions. I couldn’t believe how good I was feeling through 12km, and then the heat started taking its toll and my pace slowed. The course is fast and the race was a lot of fun. I recommend trying this race and checking out Philadelphia. . Glad to have this effort heading into @towaterfront42k in 5 weeks. . #TeamNB #fuelsimply
Reid Coolsaet, who’s also running STWM, finished in 1:05:46. Coolsaet wrote on Instragram that this fell a little short of his time goal, but overall he was happy with the race. “Although my result was about 90 seconds slower than I was targeting, I’m happy considering the hot and humid conditions. I couldn’t believe how good I was feeling through 12K, and then the heat started taking its toll and my pace slowed. The course is fast and the race was a lot of fun.”
In the women’s results, Emily Setlack had a very strong run, finishing in third place in a half-marathon personal best of 1:12:34. She was just ahead of American Jordan Hasay, who was fourth in 1:12:36. Hasay is running the upcoming Bank of America Chicago Marathon.