Today the Canadian running community lost a formidable member. Silvia Ruegger was the first woman to represent Canada in the marathon at the Olympics in 1984.  She held the national record at that distance for 28 years. Ruegger died today at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. 

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Silvia Ruegger’s 28-year-old record was broken at the 2013 Toronto Waterfront Marathon (Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee)

Ruegger was a pioneer for women’s running. In many ways she can be credited with the unprecedented success that Canadian female distance runners have enjoyed over the last several years.

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Today we’re rebroadcasting an episode from 2017, featuring an interview between former Shakeout host Joan Chung and the late, great Silvia Ruegger

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