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Cam Levins runs 1:02:12 solo half-marathon

Levins ran a two second half-marathon personal best on Friday morning

Canadian marathon record holder Cam Levins posted to Instagram on Friday that he ran a new personal best in the half-marathon, hitting 1:02:12 for 21.1K in a solo effort. The runner’s old personal best was a 1:02:14 from the 2020 Houston Marathon in January. This is just one of the many impressive solo efforts that runners are putting on paper during the pandemic. Just two weeks ago, American marathoner Sara Hall ran a half-marathon personal best as well, hitting 1:08:17. 

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Levins wrote, “Unofficial half-marathon PB this morning in 62:12. Went out fast (2:38 first kilometre) and hung on. Lots of wind that caught up with me by the end but overall pleased with the effort and happy to know that my fitness during this difficult time has been maintained. Finished the morning by helping remove some graffiti on a sign around the course.”

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I have been training in Kenya for the last 3 weeks and had planned to stay until the Rotterdam marathon (now postponed). COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation with constantly evolving information. Events are being cancelled or rescheduled daily and what is currently still scheduled in ~4 weeks may still require cancellation that we cannot anticipate. I am in great shape and would love to run any available race, as I still do need Olympic qualifying standard. However, at the suggestion of my coach, my agent and my governing body the recommendation is to return home to await future instruction. My individual health risk is low, but social distancing is an act of generosity and solidarity for the benefit of others. I support the efforts of all government and athletic leaders who have made the difficult decisions to disrupt the lives of so many to help control the escalation of this disease and protect our most vulnerable populations. If the Tokyo Olympics do indeed take place this summer, I urge the International Olympic Committee, World Athletics and Athletics Canada to take this global crisis into consideration when naming all competing athletes. 📸/tunes: @lukakiptangkandi . . . #running #runnersofinstagram #runningmotivation #runner #runningcommunity #marathontraining #kenya🇰🇪 #canadians #camada #mountainrange #tokyo2020 #training #instafit #runnerslife #trainingdays

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Levins’s initial plan for this spring was to run the Rotterdam Marathon and hopefully hit the Olympic standard (2:11:30) there. It was cancelled as the world settled into the new normal of pandemic life. Like all runners, Levins is unsure about what the future of road racing looks like, but he’s managed to get himself in the best half-marathon shape of his life and hopefully he can test himself on a real start line sometime soon.