Lyndsay Tessier is a grade three teacher and one of Canada’s best marathoners. Yesterday, she was named to her first national team, the 2019 Canadian World Championships team for the marathon.

Lyndsay Tessier at Spring Run-off 2019. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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Tessier said on Instagram on Friday evening, “The girl who joined her first Running Room clinic (must never again knock 10&1’s) in 2011 is still trying to process the magnitude and honour of this.” Tessier, who’s 41 years old, set a Canadian masters marathon record in Berlin in 2018 when she ran a 2:30:47 to finish 12th overall.

Lyndsay Tessier
Photo: Matt Stetson.

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Tessier has consistently improved since beginning her running career only eight years ago. At the Canadian Marathon Championships in 2017, Tessier finished in 2:36:55, nine minutes faster than her previous best of 2:45:39, set in 2014. She ran her first marathon in 2012 where she ran 2:54:29. Seven years later after her first marathon, Tessier has landed herself on a start line with the best women in the world.

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#Repost @bowermantc ・・・ We are thrilled to announce that Carrie has been selected to represent the US in the Marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Doha!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🔥🔥🔥 ⠀ It's not exactly common to make your first World Championships appearance at 36, with two kids, and a full time job, but Carrie is a rare breed! Carrie stands out for her diligence and talent, of course. More than that, though, we love her humble demeanor, laid back approach, and supportive leadership. It has been wonderful to see her rise over the past few years to heights we and she never expected, and to see her handle it with such self-effacing aplomb. Her career is a wonderful reminder that the best results happen when you love what you do and the people you do it with! ⠀ Oh and it's her birthday so wish her a happy one! ⠀ 📸: @cortneywhite_ . . . #BowermanTC #BowermanBabes #Bowermoms #NotProfessional #NotUnprofessional #Marathon #MarathonTraining #MomsWhoRun #RunnersWhoMom #Doha #TeamUSA #NikeRunning #Running #TeamNike #JustDoIt

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Interestingly, Carrie Dimoff was selected this week to represent the USA at the World Championships in the marathon and she has a similar story to Tessier. Dimoff is 36 years old and also competing at the World Championships for her first time. Her personal best is a 2:31:12 from the 2018 New York City Marathon.

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John Mason, who recently ran a big marathon personal best of 2:15:15 at the Rotterdam Marathon was also named to the team. Athletics Canada will announce the entire World Championship team following the Canadian Track and Field Championships July 25-28 in Montreal.

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