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Canada’s Wo­dak and Preis­ner shine at The Marathon Project

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On a chilly De­cem­ber morn­ing in Chan­dler, Ariz., 88 pro run­ners lined up to run in the first-ever Marathon Project, or­ga­nized by naz Elite coach Ben Rosario and sports agent Josh Cox. Martin He­hir was the first to cross the fin­ish line, in 2:08:59, and Sara Hall won the women’s race in 2:20:32, less than a minute off Deena Kas­tor’s Amer­i­can record, only 11 weeks af­ter her sec­ond-place fin­ish at the Lon­don Marathon.

Natasha Wo­dak and Ben Preis­ner were the first Cana­dian woman and man across the line, Wo­dak in 2:26:19 (the sec­ond-fastest time ever run by a Cana­dian woman) and Preis­ner in 2:10:17, good enough for ninth place in his first of­fi­cial marathon. Both have now run Olympic-qual­i­fy­ing times and have an ex­cel­lent chance of be­ing named to the Cana­dian team for Tokyo, which will be an­nounced some­time af­ter May 31. (2019 Cana­dian marathon cham­pi­ons Dayna Pid­horesky and Trevor Hof bauer are the only two marathon­ers to be named to Team Canada so far, and each coun­try may send up to three male and three fe­male marathon­ers. Tris­tan Woodfine, Cana­dian record holder Malindi El­more, for­mer Cana­dian record holder Rachel Cliff and Lyn­d­say Tessier have also run Olympic-qual­i­fy­ing times or the equiv­a­lent.)

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Natasha Wo­dak at The Marathon Project 2020

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