The Bare­foot Run­ner of Côte Saint-Luc

Canadian Running - - FEATURES - By Ta­nia Haas

“Mon­treal­ers await­ing the thaw of win­ter seek any sign of spring: the drum of wood­peck­ers, buds on leaf less branches, that earthy smell. In the sub­urb of Côte Saint-Luc, hi­ber­nat­ing res­i­dents look for the bare­foot run­ner; he’s a sure sign warmer tem­per­a­tures are im­mi­nent.”

You’ d be ha rd pressed to f ind a more suc­cessf ul Cana­dian marathon t han t his year’s edit ion of t he stwm. Cam Levins crushed t he race marathon record by 43 sec­onds and Bahrain’s Mimi Belete set a new women’s course record, while Philadel­phia’s Gene Dykes, at t he age of 70, ran in a t ime of 2:5 4: 48. Thir­teen Guin­ness World Records a lso fell: Julie Hilli, ra n a 2:04:59 half-marathon while push­ing her four kids in t wo dou­ble st rollers. Blaine Penny of Cal­gar y, raised money for Mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease re­search and be­came t he fastest man to ever run a marathon dressed as a bat ter y. In tot a l, t he race saw a n est imated $3 .5 mil­lion ra ised for nearly 200 loca l charit ies. The race

or­ga­niz­ers at Canada Run­ning Se­ries, along wit h hun­dreds of vol­un­teers, ef f ic ient ly cor r a led over 25 ,000 r un­ners f rom r ace -bib pick up, t hrough to t he course and event ual f in­ish line in t he heart of Toronto. No won­der stwm is now con­sid­ered a t r uly world-class event , and an iaaf Gold L abel marat hon, t hat at t r ac t s r un­ners f rom over 70 count ries.

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