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Silvia Ruegger dies at age 58

The Canadian running pioneer died Friday morning of cancer

Friday morning former Canadian marathon record holder Silvia Ruegger died of cancer at age 58. Ruegger held the marathon record of 2:28:36 for 28 years before it was broken by Lanni Marchant in 2:28:00 in 2013.

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Ruegger was an important figure in the history of Canadian running. She represented Canada at the very first women’s marathon contested at an Olympic Games in 1984. The Olympic marathon in Los Angeles took place at a time when women’s distance running was just starting to be accepted on the world stage. She was also the national director of Start 2 Finish, a program that connects at-risk youth with a reading and running program designed to help kids graduate and succeed.

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