Canada Running Series has just announced that Canadian marathon record-holder Cam Levins, originally from Black Creek, BC, has recovered from the knee injury that took him out of this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, and will return to Toronto for the lululemon 10K on June 15.
Levins, 30, now lives and trains in Portland, Oregon. He was training at altitude in Utah to prepare for the London Marathon when he hurt his knee, and admits it may have been overtraining that led to the injury. He also has a soft spot for Toronto, where he ran the race of his life last October 21.
Levins is also the former Canadian world record-holder in the 10,000m (though his 27:07.51 was eclipsed by Mohammed Ahmed in 2017). Levins competed at the 2012 Olympics but missed the 2016 Games due to injury. He is hoping to represent Canada in Tokyo in 2020–this time in the marathon.
lululemon also partners with Canada Running Series to put on a 10K in Edmonton, and both races sold out very quickly this year. The lululemon races feature fabulous spin-bike cheer stations, unusual finish-line treats and a festive post-race party that, naturally, includes free yoga.
Facing Levins on June 15 will be Sergio Ráez-Villanueva, 22, who finished fourth at last year’s race. Ráez-Villanueva is the 2018 10,000m champion (30:19.19).
On the women’s side, we have Leslie Sexton (last year’s Canada Running Series champ), who’s coming off an excellent race at the Prague Marathon where she set a new PB of 2:31:51; Rachel Hannah, who was the third Canadian woman across the finish line at last weekend’s very humid Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in 2:41:31; and Sasha Gollish, last year’s lululemon Toronto 10K winner, who ran a 2:32:54 debut for eighth place at the Houston Marathon in January.