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Rachel Cliff and Chris Winter welcome their first baby

As the daughter of an Olympian and a former Canadian record holder, Esme Lorraine Winter has inherited some strong running genes

On May 2, Canadian marathoner Rachel Cliff and her husband, Olympic steeplechaser Chris Winter, welcomed the birth of their first child, a girl–Esme Lorraine Winter.

Cliff set the Canadian record in the half-marathon in 2018, and broke her own record in 2019, the same year she broke Lanni Marchant’s marathon record with a 2:26 at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in Japan. (Her records have since been broken, by current record holders Malindi Elmore in the marathon and Andrea Seccafien in the half.)

Rachel Cliff runs the national marathon record in Japan.

During her pregnancy, Cliff talked about how she trained and stayed active on her Instagram, documenting her progress and educating other mothers. “Running in pregnancy is an act of listening to your body: some days I cut my run shorter than planned and switched to the elliptical, or just rest,” she writes.

The couple met at the University of Guelph, where Cliff was running and Winter working in 2010.

Winter represented Canada in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 10th in his heat in 8:33.95. He hung up his spikes at the end of the 2016 season but has continued to run with his wife and remained affiliated with Athletics Canada, as the Director of Safe Sport.

Esme undoubtedly has some running genes as a daughter to an Olympian and former Canadian record holder. She was born at 4:15 a.m. P.T.–just in time for a morning jaunt.