Canada’s 10,000m record holder leaves Nike and con­tro­ver­sial train­ing group

Canadian Running - - THE WARM-UP -

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?

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