Canadian record holder Jeff Schiebler inducted into UBC Hall of Fame

Jeff Schiebler, the Canadian record holder in the half-marathon, was inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

Jeff Schiebler
Jeff Schiebler
Jeff Schiebler at the 1992 World Cross-Country Championships. Photo: George Aitkin.

Jeff Schiebler, one of Canada’s best ever distance runners, was inducted into the University of British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

Schiebler, a student at UBC from 1992-1996, held the Canadian records in the 3,000m, 5,000m, and 10,000m at one point in his career.

According to the UBC press release, Schiebler is one of only six UBC track and field athletes to compete in two Olympic Games.

Schiebler held the Canadian record in the men’s 5,000m up until this past summer when Mohammed Ahmed broke the mark at the Memorial Van Damme meet in Belgium.

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The 42-year-old was an outlier in Canadian distance running for moving to Japan to run professionally for an electronics firm as part of its corporate team. Japan has been a distance running hot spot for the past 20 years.

Schiebler still holds the Canadian half-marathon record (1:01:28), which has withheld the test of time, to the tune of 17 years. He currently resides in Vancouver and works as a firefighter.

Career highlights

— Holds UBC, Canada West (conference) and CIS national records in the 3,000m.
— Represented Canada at the World Cross-Country Championships in 1992 and 1996.
— Competed at the Olympic Games in 1996 and 2000.
— Five-time national champion in the men’s 5,000m.
— Bronze medallist in the 5,000m at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.