Rachel Hannah and Tristan Woodfine are the 2019 Canada Running Series champions, adding an extra $3,000 to the prize money they have won at CRS races this year. Both have scored this honour before–Hannah in 2014 and Woodfine in 2017.
Woodfine ran a two-minute personal best and the silver medal at the Canadian Marathon Championships in October, the final race in the CRS stable, behind Canadian Marathon Champion Trevor Hofbauer, who finished third in the CRS stakes. STWM half-marathon winner Ben Preisner was second. Woodfine won the Toronto Race Roster Spring Run Off 8K for the third year in a row, as well as the Banque Scotia 21K de Montréal.
Similarly, Hannah, who spent a good part of the year recovering from a series of injuries, ended up at the top of the CRS heap ahead of Canadian Marathon Champion Dayna Pidhoresky in second place, thanks in good part to winning the Oasis Zoo Run 10K in September (she is also the course record-holder). Kinsey Middleton, who won the Canadian Marathon Championships in 2018, took third place in the CRS stakes.
Woodfine, who lives in Ottawa, says he plans to spend part of the winter at altitude in Kenya, so every bit of extra cash helps. Hannah also plans to try altitude training for the first time next spring, probably in the U.S., and hopes to run a strong spring marathon, something she was not able to do this fall since she was not fully recovered from a stress fracture in her foot.
Craig McMillan of Vancouver and Ali Drynan of Toronto won the masters CRS titles.
CRS races had more than 69,000 participants in 2019 and raised almost $7 million for more than 300 local charities. This year was also the 30th anniversary of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, which saw Hofbauer and Pidhoresky both qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon.
The first CRS race of 2020 will be the Spring Run Off on Saturday, April 4 in Toronto’s High Park.