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What’s in Olympian Lanni Marchant’s race bag?

Rio-bound Lanni Marchant, Canada's fastest-ever marathon runner, shows us what's inside her race bag ahead of the Summer Olympics.

Lanni Marchant

Lanni Marchant will be running both the 10,000m and the marathon at the Olympics in Rio this summer. When she’s not training in Kenya or racing around the world, Marchant is a criminal lawyer. The 32-year-old is the fastest Canadian women ever in the marathon with her 2:28 performance at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

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She raced at the national championships in Edmonton in early July and was officially named to the Olympic team on July 11.

What’s in her race bag? She spills the details.

Marchant’s race bag

Lanni Marchant

Racing flats

Or, spikes now that I’m a 10,000m runner.

Race top

I usually have it and my race bottoms on under my warm-ups.

Oakley sunglasses

Run Gum or caffeine pills

Cinnamon gum

I have always chewed it for hard workouts, exams, long runs or before court. Even if I don’t chew it on race day, I always have a pack of it in my race bag.


For after the race.

Glysomed hand cream

Anyone who knows me well knows that I never leave home without it.

Roll Recovery, physio ball, elastic band

For any little niggles that decide to show up when nerves are kicking in and for any continuous warm-up I do.


Mostly just a security blanket to have it in my bag.

Extra shorts and sports bra

For after the race. Nothing is worse than being stuck in your sweaty gear for forever and a day.


My new addition! I like music and appear less crazy to be quasi-dancing when wearing earbuds.

Other editions of “What’s in my race bag:”

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot
Reid Coolsaet
Nicole Sifuentes
Catherine Watkins
CBC’s Scott Russell