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AGE: 27 HOME­TOWN: Bramp­ton

Canadian Running - - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2017 -


Oliver Bar­toszek, like many run­ners, has lofty goals when it comes to the sport. The 27-year-old names stay­ing un­in­jured as a pri­or­ity and a Bos­ton qual­i­fy­ing time as a mo­ti­va­tor. His long-term goal? He’d like to beat his mom’s marathon PB. That’s eas­ier said than done when your mom ran in the 1996 Olympic Games. Danuta Bar­toszek was the last Cana­dian woman to qual­ify for the marathon be­fore Lanni Marchant and Krista DuChene ac­com­plished the feat in ad­vance of Rio last year. As a free­lance de­sign con­sul­tant, Bar­toszek has al­ways had an in­ter­est in the cre­ative side of cloth­ing. His motto to­wards gar­ments has been heav­ily inf lu­enced by a de­sign men­tor from Toronto, Brian Vu, who told him that “cloth­ing should get bet­ter with time – it should age well.” In a time of “fast fash­ion” and dis­pos­abil­ity, this got Bar­toszek think­ing about the his­tory and sto­ries em­bed­ded in gar­ments – such as those pieces of Team Canada ap­parel ly­ing around the house from his mother’s years on na­tional teams. “The cuts, the ma­te­ri­als, so many small de­tails change over the years and I find that trans­for­ma­tion fas­ci­nat­ing,” says Bar­toszek. “I’ve started try­ing to doc­u­ment some of my mom’s para­pher­na­lia by post­ing it on In­sta­gram, so that other peo­ple can see what the na­tional and Olympic kits have been like in the past.”

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