A Resurgence Of Canadian Marathoning In Toronto

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 17, 2011

Reid Coolsaet clocks the second-fastest marathon in the nation’s history.

Eric Gillis (left) and Reid Coolsaet (right) finished in the top five at yesterday's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Photo: The Canadian Press

In recent Olympic cycles, Canadian marathoners have struggled to compete with the rest of the world.

This no longer looks to be the case.

Photo Gallery: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

At yesterday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Reid Coolsaet clocked a 2:10:55–good for third overall. His time broke his own record set last year for the fastest marathon run by a Canadian on Canadian soil. It’s also the second-fastest marathon in Canadian history. The top time goes back to Jerome Drayton’s 2:10:09 that was set all the way back in 1975.

Coolsaet’s training partner, Eric Gillis, came in fourth place.

Coolsaet is pleased with his strategy during the race, which was to try and stay with the leaders and hold on as long as possible.

“I’m 100 per cent glad I made that decision,” he said. “Obviously I wanted to go for the record, but with the conditions and it being so tough and deciding to go out with that lead pack was about a minute faster [for the first half of the marathon] than I wanted to go out.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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