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Sasha Gollish wins Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half-Marathon

The Canadian broke 73 minutes in the half-marathon in California's Bay Area on Sunday

Sasha Gollish

Canadian Sasha Gollish took the win at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half-Marathon on Sunday.

Racing in California’s Bay Area after a training stint in Oregon, Gollish, the 2016 Canadian cross-country champion, won in 1:12:57, according to a tweet from Rock ‘n’ Roll, less than two minutes off her personal best of 1:11:05. The 35-year-old edged Mara Olson, who clocked 1:13:02, for the win, showing impressive range in 2017 from the 800m (2:04) up to the half.

Gollish, the 2015 Pan Am Games bronze medallist over 1,500m, bounced back from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half-Marathon in late-September, a race she dropped out from. The Oiselle-sponsored distance runner still has cross-country eligibility with the University of Toronto though she has yet to race for the Varsity Blues this fall.

George Byron Alex won the men’s half-marathon in 1:03:40 as part of the popular Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, which was just in Montreal, Canada’s only stop on the circuit, in mid-September. The San Jose Half started and finished in the downtown core of the city just south of San Francisco.

Listen to Gollish on Canadian Running‘s most recent episode of the Shakeout Podcast.