Waterloo Half-Marathon changes its name to honour a Canadian icon

The southern Ontario-based race changes its name to honour the late Ed Whitlock, one of the all-time great masters runners.

Ed Whitlock
Ed Whitlock
Photo: Adam Wojtkowiak.

One year after Ed Whitlock set the world record for the men’s 85-89 half-marathon in Waterloo, Ont., the race has changed its name to honour the Canadian.

The southern Ontario-based event, which goes off April 30, is now known as the Ed Whitlock Half-Marathon, race director Tony Lea announced on Friday. Whitlock, the only person to have ever broken three hours in the marathon over the age of 70 passed away on March 13 at 86. At the 2016 Waterloo Half-Marathon, Whitlock ran 1:50:47 before breaking numerous records on the track in the summer and going on to run a sub-4:00 marathon at 85 in Toronto last October.

The Waterloo Marathon begins at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday morning followed by the Ed Whitlock Half-Marathon at 8:30 a.m. A moment of silence will precede each of the two distance road races on Sunday morning.

Canadian Running spoke with Neil Whitlock on his father’s legacy on the most recent episode of the Shakeout Podcast. (Listen here.)