She placed fifth there last year.
For Ethiopia’s Netsanet Achamo, second place at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October will not be enough.
She wants to win the whole thing.
In last year’s race, the 24-year-old was able to hang with the leaders up until the 30K mark and then dropped back–eventually finishing in fifth place.
“I will try and win the race and improve my personal best on the beautiful roads of Toronto,” she admitted. “I know money will come at the finishing line. At the moment my first target is to win the race with a course record. Money is second.”
The current course record (2:22:43) is jointly held by Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop, who recently won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, as well as Koren Yal.
This year’s race takes place on October 14. Scotiabank, the title sponsor, has put up a staggering $35,000 for anyone who can set a course record.
“Last year the race was very fast in the first 30 kilometres with Koren Yal and Mare Dibaba and me and after 10 kilometres my legs felt an injury,” Achamo says. “I finished in 5th place in 2:32. I want to win this year.”