The highlight of this year’s Gold Standard Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was the record-setting finish of 2:09:25 by Canada’s Cam Levins.
Running his debut marathon, Levins obliterated the previous record set 43 years ago by Jerome Drayton at the 1975 Fukuoka Marathon in Japan. Running under brisk conditions, Levins shattered the Canadian men’s marathon record by 44 seconds. Along the way, Levins hit the 10K mark at 30:45, the half marathon at 1:04:34, and the 30K mark at 1:32:21.
Cam Levins set a new Canadian record in the men’s marathon. Photo: Canadian Running Series.
Race director Alan Brookes was pleased to present Levins with $49,000 in prize money ($6,000 as top Canadian and an additional $43,000 for breaking the Canadian record).
“There is something exciting, liberating and enjoyable about taking on an entirely new event in the sport of running,” said Levins, who has his eye on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Levins thanked his family, his Utah-based coach Eric Houle, his nutritional advisor Trent Stellingwerff, Alan Brookes and the Canada Running Series. He ended by saying: “I may be a west coast boy, but Toronto will always have a special place in my heart.”
Kinsey Middleton of Guelph, Ontario was the top Canadian female finisher. Photo: Canada Running Series.