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Charles Philibert-Thiboutot sets event record at Falmouth Elite Mile

The Quebec-based runner finished in a personal-best time of 3:52.97

The Falmouth Elite Mile, part of the Asics Falmouth Road Race, took place on Saturday in Falmouth, MA, and despite the hot, humid conditions, Canada’s Charles Philibert-Thiboutot won the men’s race in a new event record and personal best, crossing the finish line in 3:52.97.

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The Falmouth Road Race is one of the oldest and most popular events in the U.S. and the seven-mile annual race attracts some of the biggest names in road racing. Canada’s Ben Flanagan won the race in 2018, and now Philibert-Thiboutot adds another Canadian name to the winner’s circle, this time in the shorter one-mile event.

Philibert-Thiboutot failed to make Canada’s Olympic team for Tokyo 2020, but has been having a stellar season nonetheless. Only a few weeks ago, the Quebec runner finished second in the 1,500m at the Under Armour Sunset Tour in California, where he ran the World 1,500m standard in 3:34.43. Since then he’s been busy, finishing fourth at the Sir Walter Miler on August 6 and then second at the Brooklyn Mile on August 8.

Philibert-Thiboutot finished ahead of Oregon’s Craig Engels (3:53. 97) and New York’s Johnny Gregorek (3:54.01) on Saturday to take the win. This is not C.P.T.’s first record-setting performance, and he broke the 31-year-old Quebec 1,000m record last month in 2:18.32.

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On the women’s side, first place went to Amy-Eloise Markovc in 4:41.03, followed by Helen Schlachtenhaufen in 4:41.05 and Taryn Rawlings in 4:41.69.