The Sky Is the Limit

Aysia Mau­rice, the 13-year-old win­ner of the CN Tower climb

Canadian Running - - HONOUR ROLL -

Aysia Mau­rice has just hit her 13th year and al­ready, her tal­ent as a mid­dle dis­tance run­ner is un­de­ni­able.

The young teen from Bolton, Ont. – 50 kilo­me­tres north­west of Toronto, got into run­ning early. In Grade 2, she took to the track af­ter watch­ing her big sis­ter race. When she dis­cov­ered both a pas­sion and a strength in all things track, she en­rolled in a club. To­day, she does her intervals, train­ing runs and speed work with 310 Run­ning.

Be­fore her 13th birth­day, Mau­rice al­ready man­aged to build quite a list of achieve­ments. It’s prob­a­bly enough to make her class­mates fear her on the day of school track meets. Most re­cently, the tiny speed­ster showed up to the CN Tower climb – a mad dash up the 1,662 stairs all the way to the top of the fa­mous Cana­dian land­mark. The stair climb at­tracted 9,000 run­ners who com­peted in waves. Mau­rice was the first fe­male fin­isher with her time of 12:53. 4. At the time, she said she just showed up to beat her 2016 mark. “It was re­ally fun last time. I thought it would be cool to do it again,” she said.

A race up the CN Tower is a one-of-a-kind race, though that’s not easy to use as a point of com­par­i­son. For that, con­sider Mau­rice’s Fe­bru­ary per­for­mance in the 2,000m. Early in 2017, she ran at an in­door meet to cross the fin­ish in 6:48, not only a PB, but also an in­door pro­vin­cial record for her age group.

When asked what she likes about run­ning, the stu­dent ath­lete said that she savours that sense of ac­com­plish­ment she gets when fin­ish­ing a work­out or race. That and the feel­ing of re­lief that run­ning often pro­vides. “You feel free and don’t have to hold back,” she said in an April in­ter­view right af­ter fin­ish­ing her CN Tower climb. When not train­ing on the track, she’s in school and do­ing nor­mal kid things with her friends. This spring, she also took part in a mu­si­cal at school.

Gen­er­ally, school track meets that take place in spring are events that Mau­rice re­ally looks for­ward to; it’s a chance to com­pete against her friends and get to know run­ners from other schools. But in 2017, she’s on a roll with her re­cent record and first-place in her goal race. At the time of re­port­ing, Mau­rice has just tried out to run on Team Italy for the Ital­ian Games. Whether that’s go­ing to be the next goal she’ll work to­wards, we’ll just have to wait and see.— CR

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