The entries are in for the NACAC Track and Field in the 6ix Championships, and the women’s 800m is stacked. Canadian 800m champion, Lindsey Butterworth, is among the strong contenders in the event.
The race features five women who have run under 2:01.00, including one of the fastest women in the world, American star Ajee Wilson with a seed time of 1:56.86.
Butterworth is in the thick of a breakout season. The Vancouver, B.C. native has been a staple in the Canadian track scene for several years, but punched through to a new level this summer. She ran 2:00.87 to take the national title, and is not even a second away from becoming the sixth Canadian woman to dip under the elusive 2:00 mark.
Butterworth flew to Italy right after the national final a week and a half ago. She said, “We stayed in a little vacation town in Italy. The race was OK, I only ran a 2:02, but that makes sense because I was a little tired. Three races in less than a week is a lot.”
She continued, “It was a bit of nightmare travel day. I had delayed and cancelled flights, so I ended up rebooking my flight from another airport. I only got to the hotel at 2 a.m.”
The 800m runner is now stationed in Leuven, Belgium where she will remain until July 29th. “I’ll probably race a 1,500m at Liege on the 18th and then an 800m at Heusden on the 21st. I’m excited to run a 1,500m. It’s nice to switch it up.”
Butterworth has come to Leuven for summer racing for the past three years, “I love the track, running trails, coffee, and it’s so close to Brussels. It’s great to be close to the big city without actually being there. We have everything we need in a small little town.”
Butterworths’s main goal for NACAC is to make the final. From there anything can happen.
Until then, she’ll be enjoying Europe, training and racing. She said, “We went into Brussels yesterday and saw the Belgian soccer team in the town square. They were being presented for their fans after their third place finish. It was really cool.”