Runner of the Year
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