STWM athlete profile: Getting to know Meggan Franks

These are the top Canadian talents competing for the national marathon championships at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 22

October 9th, 2017 by | Posted in STWM 2017 | Tags: , , , ,

Meggan Franks
Photo: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

As part of our coverage of the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 22, we’re profiling the top Canadian athletes set to compete at the Canadian Marathon Championships.

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Name: Meggan Franks
Age: 34
Hometown: Born in Athabasca, Alta. raised in Beaumont, Alta.
Current location: Starkville, Miss.
Associated club/coach: Rabbit Elite and Run Relentless/my husband Houston
Previous marathons: 9 Marathons, 1 Ultra Marathon
Marathon PB2:45:04 (February 2017)
 
Describe yourself: I’m a mom to two wonderful kids; Patrick (3) and Madison (7). I work at Mississippi State University and coach the local high school and middle school cross country teams by day. Most of my running takes place in the 4-6 a.m. hours each day. There’s really not much else.
 
Most notable running/racing experience: Winning the Canadian Mountain Championships for the first time in 2013. It was unexpected and I was just coming off a really bad performance at the Canadian Half-Marathon Championships. Since then my training has focused on mountain running and marathons.
 
How has training for STWM gone: It has gone well, though it has not been easy. I’ve run more than I ever have while working 70 hours a week over two jobs, and raising my two beautiful kids. Though my workload will likely decrease in the new year, getting a big personal best while having to balance so much these past few months would be pretty awesome. I’m so ready for this race.
 
Why STWM? I ran it last year and had a fantastic time. I love the city and I cannot wait to return. I also appreciate everything the Canada Running Series does for elite and semi-elite Canadian athletes.
 
Goals for the race? I hope to run a personal best and come away with a positive race experience. I also hope to have fun.
 
What gear will you be sporting? I’ll be wearing my runinrabbit.com Rabbit Elite team kit. I have not totally decided on my shoes. Lately, I’ve been racing in Hoka One One.
 
Social handle(s):
 
Twitter: @MegganFranks
 
Instagram: megganfranks
 
Strava: Meggan Franks