Home > The Shakeout Podcast

Olympian Mohammed Ahmed reflects on the intersection of identity and sport

Mohammed Ahmed

This week we speak with one of Canada’s greatest track runners about the intersection of identity and sport. Mohammed Ahmed is a multiple time Olympian, Canadian record holder and national champion.

RELATED: Mohammed Ahmed won the medal he’s been hunting for years

View this post on Instagram

Doha part two — It is said: “It takes a village to raise a child” and mine stretches far beyond borders and bodies of water. There are so many people to thank for all that I’ve been able to accomplish this season. And in no particular order: 1. Jerry and Pascal thank you for taking a chance on a skinny Canadian kid with plenty to learn. I was very close to walking away from the sport upon completing my collegiate career at Wisconsin. I had been to the Olympics, World championships and it seemed very little was left for me to seek besides unfulfilled potential. Jerry and pascal saw that and reached out. At the 11th hour I decided to give it a go for at least a year in Portland and see what comes of it. Portland been home almost 5 years now. Jerry and Pascal’s belief in me has been the difference 2. Bowerman Track Club, my guys and gals thank you for being beside me each and every day helping me along the way with the hard miles. It would not have been as fun or easy rolling out of bed each and every day without you guys. I can’t wait to get back to work with everyone and look forward to the adventures and hard work that lay ahead and excited for what we will accomplish together in 2020. 3. My sponsors thank you for your continued support. None of this would be possible without you. 4. My family, life would not taste as sweet without your love and presence. Love you. 5. Treatment folks, especially Marilou (@marilou_lamy)thank you for all you’ve done for me this year. I appreciate your knowledge, your belief and sacrifice. Mr.Gibson … I mean Gibbons (@nw_natural.9 )thank you for all you do for us! We appreciate your hard work and sacrifice you make being away from your family months on end. Dr. Penny, I can’t express in words or repay you for all that you’ve done for me. You’ve been a rock star! Thank you. 6. Aurum Sports Group, Thank you to Dan and Steffen for all the work behind the scenes. 7. Running community and all who have reached out with messages of encouragement and support! I appreciate the kind words and love. Thank you!

A post shared by Mohammed Ahmed (@moh_speed23) on

Born in Somalia, Ahmed and his family immigrated to St Catherines, Ontario when he was 10 years old, and he eventually joined the Niagara Track Club. Ahmed attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on an athletic scholarship. Following an illustrious NCAA career, he was recruited to the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club under coach Jerry Schumacher.


RELATED: Trump travel ban hits close to home for Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed

Mohammed Ahmed
Photo: Claus Andersen/Athletics Canada

In this episode Ahmed recounts his experiences of racial and religious discrimination, as well as his athletic setbacks and successes.  He takes us through his thrilling bronze medal performance at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. And he shares his big goals for the future.

Read Marielle Hall’s piece “Racing to Stay Alive” HERE


On behalf of The Shakeout Podcast and Canadian Running Magazine, we want to express our collective grief following the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black and Indigenous peoples across North America at the hands of state sanctioned violence. We also recognize that we have failed to adequately and responsibly represent the diversity of our audience, and of the running community at large. We have spent the past weeks exploring ways to remedy this inexcusable problem. We have a renewed commitment to sharing diverse stories from the running world, and using our platforms to amplify melanated and marginalized voices. If you, or someone you know has a story you think should be shared on The Shakeout, please feel free to email us at podcast@runningmagazine.ca You can also connect with us on IG, Facebook and Twitter at @ShakeoutPodcast.

Subscribe to The Shakeout Podcast

Follow in iTunes  Follow on Stitcher  Follow on Google Play  Follow on Facebook  Follow on Twitter

RSS feed

You can email the show at podcast@runningmagazine.ca | If you enjoy our podcast, leave a review and rating on iTunes!