Canada’s 10,000m record holder leaves Nike and controversial training group
Cam Levins has had a tough couple of years. In 2014, the Black Creek, B.C., native was f lying high. Training with the Nike Oregon Project, perhaps the most famous training group in the world, Levins broke Simon Bairu’s 10,000m record by running 27:07.51. He then took an impressive bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. That’s when Levins started to run into injury problems. From 2015, he struggled with ankle pain, f laming out at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and missing the 2016 Rio Olympics.
After an invasive surgery (Levins now runs with a screw in his foot), he says he’s pain-free for the first time in two years. But Levins lost his lucrative Nike contract and was also forced to leave the Nike Oregon Project (who have been under investigation by doping officials in the U. S.; Levins maintains that the group hasn’t done anything wrong and speaks highly of coach Alberto Salazar, who let him continue training with nop after he was not resigned with Nike at the end of 2016).
Levins is now dividing his time between Oregon and Utah, where he attended university and became a ncaa champion. He’s also training with his college coach, and says he’d like to go after the Canadian marathon record (2:10:09), as well as settle some unfinished business on the track. Levins admitted that his dream is to run his debut at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Will he be on the start line in October?