Rachel Cliff has shattered the Canadian marathon record, running a 2:26:56 at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in Nagoya, Japan. 

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Lanni Marchant held the previous record, which Cliff broke by over a minute. The former record was set in 2013 at 2:28:00. Sunday was only the 30-year-old’s second marathon, her first being October 2018 in Berlin, where she ran a blazing 2:28:53 debut. 

Rachel Cliff at 2018 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Photo: Victah Sailor/PhotoRun

Cliff, who is also the Canadian half-marathon record holder, recently spent time in Japan for the Marugame half-marathon. There she finished in 1:10:28, a mere 20 seconds off her Canadian record.

Despite her 2:28:53 marathon debut in Berlin and impressive half-marathon mark, the runner was unable to secure herself a spot in the Tokyo marathon. She said in an email, “It would have been a cool race to do, but as you can see from looking at the elite start list (especially the international runners), that I’m not quite at that calibre.” This brought her to the Nagoya marathon, which evidently worked out extremely well. 

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