Canadian elites Eric Gillis and Krista DuChene showed up in Toronto just two months after representing Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Today in Toronto, both athletes competed in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon which also hosted the Canadian Marathon Championships.
It has been quite the year for both athletes and despite having a marathon in the recent past, they pulled out a strong 42.2K along the course in Toronto in unseasonably humid conditions this morning.
Gillis was targeting the Canadian record when he lined up at the start. Though he missed that mark, he was the first Canadian man across the line running 2:13.44 for a fifth-place finish. He says he doesn’t plan on giving up the marathon any time soon.
DuChene ran against tough competition– in fact this was the most competitive Canadian women’s marathon in recent memory. At age 39, DuChene, who used to run the distance in more than three hours, beat five other women who have showed that they are strong runners in the distance. She ran a 2:33.59 on the course in Toronto today with a lead on Rachel Hannah who came in at 2:34.34.
Rachel Hannah, Leslie Sexton, Tarah Korrir, Dayna Pidhoresky and Erin Burrett have all displayed incredible ability in marathon running meaning that it’s not just DuChene and Lanni Marchant in the spotlight anymore.
“This was my year,” said an emotional DuChene after her race. “To beat six women that strong is nothing I take lightly.” She says she is waiting for everything to sink in now.