Philemon Rono of Kenya has won the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon twice, and he’s coming back to Canada to race again in 2018.
Rono’s 2017 winning time was 2:06:51. That performance broke three significant marks on the course in Toronto that day: a personal best, a course record and the Canadian all-comers record. He made $75,000 CAD for his efforts last year.
Rono is known at home as “Baby Police” as he’s a police officer with a young looking face. The defending champion’s decision to return to the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon could potentially mean a new Canadian soil record, and personal best for the runner.
Earlier this summer, Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka won the Ottawa Marathon in 2:22:17, setting a new record for the women’s marathon on Canadian soil. She led the pack for most of the final 10K of the race to break the record.
Let's find out more about training partners Laban Korir and Philemon Rono. How well does @marcroigtio know them?
— NN Running Team (@NNRunningTeam) June 14, 2018
This summer could potentially see the men’s and women’s Canadian soil records fall, as Canadian marathon events have become some of the best in the world.
Others have taken notice of the fast times run on Canadian soil as well. Japan Running News cited the Ottawa Marathon as the eight best women’s marathon in the world in their statistical recap of the first half of the 2018 marathon season.
You can catch the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon October 21, 2018.