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Olympian Reid Coolsaet races Victoria Half as part of comeback from injury

The Victoria Marathon is one of British Columbia's most popular road races and featured multiple Olympians on Sunday

Reid Coolsaet

In the midst of a comeback from injury, Canada’s second-fastest marathoner of all-time raced the Victoria Half-Marathon on Sunday.

The Hamilton, Ont. native, who has seldom raced in 2017 because an injured foot, used the race as a way to kick start “real training,” as he shared on Twitter on Saturday. The half-marathon, Coolsaet’s first attempt at the distance since the 2016 IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships, was his longest race since the 2016 Fukuoka Marathon. On Sunday, Coolsaet ran 1:07:27.

The 38-year-old and two-time Olympian had not raced on the roads since the Toronto Waterfront 10K in June.

Both 2017 Under Armour Eastside 10K champions triumphed in the half-marathon including Geoff Martinson and Sarah Inglis. Martinson, who trains with the B.C. Endurance Project, won in 1:04:28 while Inglis, a past CIS Cross-Country champion, topped the women’s field in 1:14:20, which, according to All Athletics, is a new PB. Martinson’s 64-minute clocking was also a PB per All Athletics rankings.

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The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon features its namesake distance as well as an 8K and half-marathon. The popular west coast event has a fast marathon with just 22m of elevation change; the 8K featured a new route for 2017. Daniel Kipkoech and Lissa Zimmer won the 42.2K in 2:21:04 and 2:48:33, respectively, on Sunday.

Coolsaet wasn’t the only 2016 Olympian in the field. Race walker Evan Dunfee did the marathon in 3:23:30.

Raceday Timing has the results.