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Canadian Olympic Marathon Project Scaled Back

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 6, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC
Mike Dyon (left) and brother Paul are scaling back Canada's Marathon Project. Photo: Globe and Mail

Mike Dyon (left) and brother Paul are scaling back Canada's Marathon Project. Photo: Globe and Mail

The co-founders say there just isn’t enough interest.

Canada’s marathoners are not happy right now.

With just a year to go until the 2012 Olympic Games in London, an ambitious project to produce the first Canadian Olympic marathoners in a decade has been scaled back.

The Brooks Canada Marathon Project has stopped operating as a club. Also, the house where the athletes lived in Toronto has been put up for sale.

“One of the things that we found is that there are just not enough people who want to just concentrate on the marathon,” said the club’s co- founder, Mike Dyon. “I was a bit surprised. Even in the sport itself, more people are tending toward the half marathon.”

Dyon started the club in 2007 with his brother, Paul. The brothers own a company that distributes Brooks shoes in Canada. They invested $1.5 million in the project.

The club’s aim was to get Canadian marathoners to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. A Canadian hasn’t run in the Olympic marathon since the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia.

For More: The Globe And Mail

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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