In our final episode of the decade we look back on some of the most memorable moments in Canadian running from the last 10 years. From national records to Olympic medals, age-defying performances to gritty comebacks, we recap every exciting stride!
On the roads, Lanni Marchant, Krista Duchene, Cam Levins and Rachel Cliff each raised the bar for elite Canadian marathoning. And Canadian masters including Catherine Watkins, Lyndsay Tessier and Ed Whitlock redefined age norms.
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Andre De Grasse, Melissa Bishop, Gabriela Debues-Stafford and Mohammed Ahmed broke records and took names on the track. From the Olympics to the World Championships, Pan Am to Commonwealth Games, our track stars repped the maple leaf with speed and pride.
Our international dominance doesn’t stop with the roads and track. On the cross-country course Sheila Reid put canucks on the NCAA map by winning the collegiate title in back-to-back years. No stranger to grittiness and strength herself, Gen Lalonde was the top North American at the 2019 World XC Championships.
On the trails, Gary Robbins came closer than any Canadian before or since to completing the infamous Barkley Marathons. In 2018 he was the second-last remaining competitor on course, in a year without a single finisher. Keep an eye on Gary in 2020, as rumours suggest he’ll be attempting a redo.
Finally, what would a Canadian running round-up be without acknowledging our TWO world record-holders in the Beer Mile!? Lewis Kent graced the stage of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015 after running the fastest time in the world. The following year Corey Bellemore stole the record from his countryman, running 4:33.
Check out the video of our final episode of the decade here!