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Lindsey Scherf, returns to the Tamarack Ottawa Race weekend to defend her 10k title May 25th Paul Gains Apr 24, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you   By Paul Gains   It wasn’t until she stood atop the winner’s podium at the 2012 Ottawa 10k that Lindsey Scherf realised the enormity of her accomplishment.    Receiving $6,000 for her victory was one thing; realising Geoffrey Mutai, one of the world’s greatest distance runners had won the men’s race, was another. That’s certainly exalted company.    Now, a year later, the 26 year old native of Westchester, New York is committed to defending the title she won with a time of 33:12.8.

Bob Reid's Magical Mile - Senior Men Chris Kelsall Apr 24, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated The inaugural Bob Reid's Magical Mile took place in Victoria, BC on April 13th on  nearby commuter trail. This race - one of several different age-groups featured the Univeristy of Victoria Vikes athletes as well as Clifford Childs and Geoff Martinson. The main feature of this race is the format of the start, which was done in a staggered format, fastest going first, slowest going last. The out and back course allowed athletes to see each other on the return.

Jamaican Sprinters Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell-Brown to Headline the Edmonton International Tr Chris Kelsall Apr 23, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you   UFC’S Bruce Buffer Confirmed as official voice of EITC. Jamaican Yohan Blake, the youngest 100m World Champion in history, has confirmed his return to the city for the Edmonton International Track Classic on June 29 at Foote Field. Fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown will make her Canadian debut at the event. Both athletes are coming off successful London Olympic Games performances where Blake won silver in the 100m and 200m sprints and gold in the 4x100m relay (world record), and Campbell-Brown took bronze in the 100m sprint and silver in the 4x100m relay. She is the reigning World Champion in the 200m.

Childs and Fraser - Move a step closer to their goals Chris Kelsall Apr 23, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Clifford Childs and Natasha Fraser continue to run well in advance of their goals to qualify for international competition. Childs wants to compete at the International University Sport Federation Championships (FISU), that take place in Kazan, Russia in July 2013. Fraser is seeking the qualification standard for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships that take place in Moscow, Russia from August 10th to the 18th. In terms of performance, both took a step closer to their goals Sunday, April 21st at the Vancouver Sun Run.

Lanni Marchant Continues to Prove She is Elite Chris Kelsall Apr 22, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Lanni Marchant continues to prove that she is an international calibre long-distance runner, by crushing the field with her elite performance at the Yonge Street 10k Sunday, April 21st in Toronto, Ontario. Canadian Marchant, based in Chattanooga, TN ran an impressive new personal best time of 31 minutes and 56.5 seconds to place 16th overall and first female. She led second place Toronto native, Rachel Hannah by over one and a half minutes, Hannah finished in a solid 33:38.2. Paul Wiltse from nearby Oakville finished third and first master (over 40) while competing in the 45-49 age-category. Her time was 34:56.0.

2013 Vancouver Sun Run Chris Kelsall Apr 21, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you Colleen Goodwyn-Ryan Vancouver Sun Run Vancouver, BC (April 21, 2013) –   With many sporting colours of blue and yellow in honour of the Boston Marathon, the 2013 Vancouver Sun Run was another jubilant celebration of health, fitness and community spirit with 48,196 registered.  From start to finish, participants gave it their all while enjoying the spectacular beauty of running the largest 10K in Canada. Paul Kimugul from Kenya claimed the victory in the Men’s Overall Division with a time of 29:04. Finishing second overall was Ian Burrell of Tucson, Arizona with a time of 29:17. Officially placing third overall was Edwin Kaitany of Kenya clocking 29:36.  Clifford Childs of Victoria claimed the Top Canadian Male spot with 30:09.

Dave Campbell Interview Chris Kelsall Apr 19, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you     © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Dave Campbell of Victoria, BC by way of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was an international level middle-distance athlete during the 1980s and 1990s. He competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, as well as the1986 and 1990 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland and Auckland, New Zealand, respectively. He won a bronze medal in Edinburgh in the 1500m distance. Campbell also won the Vancouver Sun Run in 1990 setting his 10 kilometre best time of 28:54. Campbell began running seriously in high school for the Mount Doug Rams in Victoria and followed that up by competing in the CIAU (CIS) at the University of Victoria. He also won the 1500m national title three consecutive years.

Ruth Wanjiru Overcoming the Odds Paul Gains Apr 18, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you   by Paul Gains  A year ago Ruth Wanjiru turned up to the Ottawa Marathon in fine form with victory and the winner’s purse of $20,000 USD on her mind. But midway through the race she tripped and fell to the pavement injuring her knee. She struggled home a disappointed third. The 31-year-old Kenyan returns to this IAAF Silver Label race May 26th ready to battle with a world-class field and to capture the title she believes should have been hers in 2012. She puts the catastrophe down as a valuable learning experience and just another of the struggles she has overcome in her journey through international sport.

Justin Rodhe Breaks the 21.00m Barrier Doug Clement Apr 18, 2013

From Douglas Clement/Harry Jerome Track Classic  Justin Rodhe Justin Rodhe of Athletics Canada’s National throws Centre in Kamloops had his first competition yeterday at the Kansas Relays and came third with a personal best of 21.12. Rodhe has been training strong all year and looking forward to the competitive season. Ryan Whiting, Olympic athlete and the World Indoor Champion came first edging Reece Hoffa on his last throw with a toss of 21.65. Hoffa threw 21.60.

Two Explosions at B.A.A. Boston Marathon Finish Area Chris Kelsall Apr 15, 2013

© Copyright - 2013 Athletics Illustrated Two explosions happened near the four hour mark at the finish line of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Memorial Day, Monday, April 15th. Several reports indicate that the explosion came from the media tent area from garbage cans. Reports of anywhere from a handful to up to fifty people may have been injured. Emergency crews are on the scene.  

Martinson and Therrien Win Inaugural Bob Reid Magical Mile Chris Kelsall Apr 14, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated The first annual Bob Reid Magical Mile, which boasted a total prize purse of $5400, took place in Victoria, BC at 12:00 PM on Sunday, April 13th, under variable spring-like conditions. Runners of all abilities raced in a staggered start format over a schedule of nearly three hours. The event was the Pacific Northwest Championships for all age categories. “I was thrilled at the number of high performance athletes that came to the inaugural running of the (Prairie Inn) Harriers, Bob Reid Magical Mile,” said race director Bob Reid.

When Sheldon thought he had a good idea Chris Kelsall Apr 11, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you   © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Sheldon, a co-worker, friend and running partner of mine thought he had a good idea once. I will share that good idea with you, but just indulge me for a moment. He and I worked at a software company, in corporate sales, pitching to Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies that were scattered throughout the universe. Wal-Mart, Disney, NASA, CSIS, FBI, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, EA Sports, Microsoft, RCMP, Boeing (“Boing” as I referred to them, because of their recurring layoffs and re-hirings), name a company, we liaised with them. Sales was our job, running was our focus.

Cheryl Davies Interview - Merville 15k Chris Kelsall Apr 9, 2013

© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Post-race interview with Cheryl Davies of the Nanaimo Bastion Running Club. Davies won the Frontrunners Vancouver Island Race Series seventh event, the Merville 15k. The Merville 15k takes place in Merville, just north of Courtenay, BC on Vancouver Island.

Nick Walker Interview - Merville 15k Chris Kelsall Apr 8, 2013

  © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Interview with Nick Walker, winner of the 2013 Merville 15k. The race is the seventh event in the Vancouver Island Race Series. Walker, a former University of Victoria Vike will be racing the BMO Vancouver Marathon.  

Cameron Levins is ready to take the next step with Alberto Salazar Chris Kelsall Apr 6, 2013

WIN VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon near you © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated As has been widely reported, Cameron Levins has joined the Nike Oregon Project. After having won the NCAA 5,000m and 10,000m Championships while running for Division 1 Southern Utah University, then competing for Canada at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 5,000m and 10,000m events, it appears that this is the next logical step for his running career. Race Results Weekly reported that going-forward he will also be working with famed coach Alberto Salazar. Levins told Athletics Illustrated, “I knew very quickly that this is a program I wanted to be a part of, and that I could do very well training with such fantastic athletes.”

Win VIP Treatment - Details Chris Kelsall Apr 3, 2013

© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Win VIP Treatment at a Canadian Marathon - Photo Caption Contest DETAILS: Submit photos via email to Get your friends and family to vote for your photo. Garner the most votes over the course of the contest and win VIP Treatment to a marathon in your region. Photo Submission Deadline Day: April 30th, 2013 - 12:00 PM (noon) EST.

Scott MacDonald - Interview Chris Kelsall Apr 1, 2013

  © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Athletics Canada announced on March 28th 2013, that Nepean, Ontario’s Scott MacDonald is the new High Performance Director with Athletics Canada, the national governing body for the sport of athletics. The position was previously managed by Martin Goulet for sixteen years, until January 23rd, 2013. MacDonald was hired from within, as he was the Director of National teams since 2005. MacDonald competed for the University of Michigan under coach Ron Warhurst and studied American History and English Literature.

Skypin' with Natasha Fraser Chris Kelsall Mar 30, 2013

  © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated A casual Skype conversation with Natasha Fraser, who had just returned from the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.  

Chris Winter Q&A - Post World Cross Country Championships Chris Kelsall Mar 29, 2013

  © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Canadian steeplechaser Chris Winter, of Vancouver, BC competed in the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championshipswhich took place in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday, the 24th of March. He finished in 33rd position and second Canadian, which helped Team Canada finish eighth overall. HIs finishing time was 34:15, exactly one and a half minutes off of first place and 19 seconds behind teammate Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catherines, Ontario. Ahmed finished 22nd overall.

Comox Valley Half Marathon Race Video Chris Kelsall Mar 27, 2013

    © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Comox Valley Half Marathon showing top-Canadian middle-distance runner Geoff Martinson's first half-marathon race with a Canadian master's record attempt by Jimi Finlayson. The Comox Valley Half Marathon is race number eight of the BC Timex Road Race Series and number six of the Vancouver Island Race Series

Lanni Marchant On Fire for Toronto Yonge Street 10km Paul Gains Mar 27, 2013

  By Paul Gains Five weeks of high altitude training in Kenya appears to have done Lanni Marchant the world of good as she has been setting the Canadian road racing scene alight. Last weekend the London, Ontario native smashed the nine year old course record for the Around The Bay 30km race by almost a minute and a half finishing in a time of 1:44:40. That outstanding performance was preceded by a new personal best half marathon time in Nashville (1:12:17).

Rachel Cliff - Q & A - Post - 2013 World Cross Country Championships Chris Kelsall Mar 25, 2013

  © Copyright -2013 - Athletics Illustrated Twenty-four-year-old Rachel Cliff of Vancouver, BC competed in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where she helped Team Canada (senior women) to a top-10 finish. Teammate Natash Fraser finished one position in front of Cliff however, they recorded identical times. They finished in 24th and 25th position, respectively.

Catrin Jones Interview - Post Comox Valley Half Marathon Chris Kelsall Mar 25, 2013

© Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated Post race interview with Catrin Jones, winner of the Comox Valley Half Marathon and the Rift Valley Marathon in Kenya. She had returned to Victoria twelve hours earlier and decided to take in the event, which takes place nearly three hours north of Victoria, BC.

Speed River In Action Across The Globe Chris Kelsall Mar 24, 2013

Chris Moulton Speed River athletes were in action across the globe and on every type of surface this weekend. From the World Cross Country Championships in Poland, to North America’s oldest road race in Hamilton and a kickoff to the outdoor track season in North Carolina it was a whirlwind weekend featuring many great results.

Comox Valley Half Marathon Report Chris Kelsall Mar 24, 2013

  © Copyright - 2013 - Athletics Illustrated The Comox Valley Marathon took place today, Sunday March 24th, under cool, breezy conditions with light drizzle. Five hundred and twelve runners started the race at 11:00 AM in downtown Courtney, BC. The winners were Geoff Martinson and Catrin Jones, of Victoria, BC.