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VIDEO: Over/under Q&A with Eric Gillis ahead of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Olympian Eric Gillis answers some fun and quirky questions including how many cups of coffee he drinks each day and how many pairs of shoes per year he goes through ahead of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

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Canadian Running caught up with Eric Gillis ahead of Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon where he will be going for the Canadian record. The best-ever time by a Canadian was set 41 years ago by Jerome Drayton at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan. His 2:10:09 record has stood since 1975.

Gillis, fresh off a 10th-place finish at the Rio Olympics, answers “over or under” for a variety of statistics and questions including time spent on social media, cups of coffee per day and how much sleep he gets before a marathon. We throw a random stat at him and Gillis replies with either “over,” “under” or sometimes “even” and gives a brief explanation.

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Below are the list of questions we asked Gillis ahead of Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.



– 3 coffees per day
– 20 minutes of running the morning of a marathon
– 2:10:09 goal on Sunday (the Canadian men’s marathon record)
– 3 gels in a marathon
– 5 days off after a marathon
– 7 hours of sleep the night before a marathon
– 24 pairs of shoes per year
– 30 minutes of running the day before a race
– 30 minutes spent on social media every day
– 3 trail runs per week

Canadian Running will be live from the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon all weekend so make sure to follow along for breaking news and live updates.

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