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Nick Croker honours Ed Whitlock with legend’s most famous marathon time

The Toronto runner was one of three pacers on Sunday to run Ed Whitlock's famous record times as part of the city's Waterfront Marathon

Nick Croker


In honour of Ed Whitlock’s M70 marathon age-group world record, a stunning 2:54:49 at 73, Nick Croker completed the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon at the same pace on Sunday. The late Whitlock, who passed away in March 2017 at 86, months after running 3:56:38 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon at 85, was an iconic figure in the Canadian and global running scene.

Two other runners – Noel Guy at 3:15:54 pace and Ben Kaplan at 3:56:38 pace – also completed the race in honour of Whitlock, an initiative put on by Canada Running Series as part of #RememberingEd. Neil and Clive Whitlock, Ed’s two sons, were on hand at the finish line with Neil posing with Croker moments after the Toronto resident finished 42.2K.

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