Champion middle-distance runner from Quebec City
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot gives new meaning to the phrase “fast fashion.” Since he began running track at age 15, the 27-yearold has risen through the ranks to become one of Canada’s top middle-distance runners with a personal best time of 3:34.23 in the 1,500 m, his distance of choice. Success hasn’t come without some sartorial superstition, though. “I take singlets very seriously,” Philibert-Thiboutot explains. “I choose one racing singlet and wear it throughout the season. I have this belief that if I wear anything else to a race, the magic will disappear.”
That magic has held strong throughout PhilibertThiboutot’s many milestones. In 2012, he placed second in the 1,500m at the cis Championships and the nacac U23 meet. In 2014, he competed at the World Universit y Cross-Country Championships, and he was named cis champion in the 1,500 m. He finished second in the 1,500m at the 2014 and 2015 Canadian Championships. He seized bronze at the Toronto Pan Am Games in 2016 and then ran the 10th-fastest time at the iaaf World Championship later that summer. He made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016, placing 16th after advancing to the semi-finals.
Despite battling issues with his sciatic nerve and left Achilles since the Olympics, he has worked hard to regain his fitness. This past July, he snagged his third consecutive national title in the 1,500m in Ottawa. “It’s a validating achievement to have the season I’m having right now,” he says. “I’m looking forward to meeting my next challenges free of injury.” At press time, he heads into the 2019 season with a goal of making the 1,500m finals at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in October.
When he’s not speeding around the track, he enjoys dabbling in other sports, including alpine skiing, music and photography. He also recently got engaged, and with a wedding in the works for next year, there is definitely an opportunity to reach a new milestone: making a fashion splash with formal wear.