The Barefoot Runner of Côte Saint-Luc
“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.