Olympic bronze medallist Evan Dunfee has confirmed that he will compete at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 10K on Oct. 17. There is a twist, as he has laid down a challenge with his brother, Adam Dunfee, a freelance sports broadcaster – Evan will race walk the 10K course while Adam runs.
This sibling rivalry between the Dunfee brothers dates back to their childhood, playing road hockey on the streets of Richmond, B.C. “Evan has always been good at sports, which has frustrated me,” says Adam. Evan is three years younger than Adam, but after watching his older brother win a medal in his first race walking competition at age 13, 10-year-old Evan was inspired to take up the sport.
Evan won his debut race and has not looked back. Adam recalls his youth like it was yesterday: “I did high school cross country and track, but I was very average provincially. I did make the B.C. Summer Games once, but I was disqualified in my race,” Adam says. “If there is a sport that I would beat Evan at, it would be tennis.”
Adam has been committed to running since the start of the pandemic and is hoping to run 2,100 kilometres this year. According to Strava, his 10K personal best is 40:58, which puts some pressure on Evan. This will be their first time going head to head in several years. “The race was Evan’s idea, and I just said, yeah, OK,” says Adam.
Evan’s goal is to cross the finish line in under 41 minutes, second only to his primary focus of beating his brother. The brothers are still in talks of how to make the event as fun as possible, and what will be at stake. “Right now, it’s just pride and bragging rights,” Adam says. “I want the golden noodle medal that was given to him by Kraft Dinner, but I am not sure if he will put that on the line.”