Defending Canadian champion Leslie Sexton has officially joined the lineup at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 21.

Sexton is favoured to win again, as the strongest Canadian female entry. Her 2017 time was 2:35:47. Sexton stands to win $5,000 if she runs faster than 2:35:00, and she has stated her goal is to exceed her personal best, which is 2:33:33 (achieved on the Scotiabank course in 2015). Ultimately she would like to go sub-2:30 and join the likes of Lanni Marchant (Canadian record-holder, at 2:28), Krista DuChene (who is also running Scotiabank this year), Silvia Ruegger, Jaqueline Gareau and Lioudmila Kortchaguina.

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Leslie Sexton
Photo: Canada Running Series.

Most recently, Sexton won the inaugural Edmonton 10K last month.

Kinsey Middleton, 25, will debut the marathon at this year’s Scotiabank. Middleton competed at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain in March of this year, where she was the third Canadian woman finisher and 50th overall.

Middleton attended the University of Idaho, and joined the Brooks Hansons Project in Michigan after graduating. She was born in Idaho and holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship.

 

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