Run­ner of the Year

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

At the 2018 Sco­tia­bank Toronto Water­front Marathon, Cam Levins, 29, broke a record that has stood for longer than he’s been alive. Af­ter pa­tiently pick­ing off com­peti­tors in the lat­ter half of the race, the British Co­lum­bia na­tive crossed the line in 2:09:25, 44 sec­onds ahead of the Cana­dian marathon record set 43 years ago by Jerome Dray­ton – and it was Levin’s marathon de­but. “For a run­ner to be able to main­tain their speed with that kind of aer­o­bic ca­pac­ity is spe­cial,” Dray­ton re­sponded gra­ciously.

For Levins, a 2012 Bow­er­man Award re­cip­i­ent (awarded an­nu­ally to the most out­stand­ing male and fe­male ncaa track and field ath­lete each year), the vic­tory at stwm surely tastes even sweeter, given the string of in­juries he’s come back from, in­clud­ing a ten­don-tear in his left foot in 2015, along with a se­ries of stress frac­tures and bone spurs, re­quir­ing surgery that left him off the Rio Olympic team in 2016.

Hats off, Mr. Levins.

LEFT Cam Levins af­ter break­ing the Cana­dian marathon record at the Sco­tia­bank Toronto Water­front Marathon

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