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The road goes on forever

July 28, 2009

The Canadian team for the Berlin World Championships was officially named today.  AC even made a slide show with music, I figured it would be a crappy song but I was impressed with what they picked. 

The Kenyan and Ethiopian teams were also named this week and it looks like (no surprise) they are going to have great marathon squads even with the absence of Haile G, Duncan Kibet, James Kwambai and Sammy Wanjiru. 

I remember showing up to the Western International XC meet back in University and hearing another team making fun of us saying “you always know when Guelph shows up because of the yellow school bus”.  We joked (we weren’t cocky enough to actually say it) that the other teams should know when we showed up because they were going to be fighting it out for second place.  Well even Boston Champ Deriba Merga rides the yellow school bus sometimes (proof taken with my cell phone).  He’s probably one of the favorites to win the Berlin Marathon despite this being his third marathon this year.


I had a tough workout today as I didn’t hit the times I wanted to for 1600m repeats and then I made the executive decision to run 2 X 800m instead of the last repeat to keep the pace honest.  I’ll tack that up to the 27C heat (34 with humidex), the strong wind and my last workout of 5 X 5km still lingering in my legs… whatever makes me feel better about it, right? haha.  In general I’m happy with the preparations heading into the marathon.  I have three more workouts before I leave for Germany on August 8th.  Only 24 more days until go time!

It’s too bad Jon Brown has an injury as he would of obviously been great towards scoring in the team competition but, would of also been an interesting guy to learn from .  If you don’t know, Jon Brown finished 4th in two Olympic Marathons (running for GB at the time).

Canadian team.  Not many individuals once you take out the relays and marathon…

Name  Event Hometown Coach
Ruky Abdulai Long Jump Coquitlam, BC Jarrold Jones
Esther Akinsulie 4x400m Ottawa, ON Hugh Conlin
Dylan Armstrong Shot Put Kamloops, BC Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Bryan Barnett 4x100m Edmonton, AB Quin Sekulich
Nathan Brannen 1500m Cambridge, ON Ron Warhurst
Jared Connaughton 4x100m New Haven, PEI Monte Stratton
Reid Coolsaet Marathon Hamilton, ON Dave Scott-Thomas
Sam Effah 4x100m Calgary, AB Brenda Van Tighem
Alice Falaiye Long Jump Mississauga, ON Marc Christie
Perdita Felicien 100m Hurdles Pickering, ON Gary Winckler
Sultana Frizell Hammer Throw Perth, ON Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Kelsie Hendry Pole Vault Saskatoon, SK Rick & Susanne Petrucha
Kimberly Hyacinthe 4x400m Lachenaie, QC Daniel St-Hilaire
Jennifer Joyce Hammer Throw Kamloops, BC Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Rachel Lavallée 20km Racewalk Peterborough, ON Stafford Whalen
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep 100m Hurdles Whitby, ON Anthony McCleary
Giitah Macharia Marathon Oakville, ON Steven Keating
Jenna Martin 4x400m Bridgewater, NS Charles Scarrow
Carline Muir 4x400m Edmonton, AB Derek Evely
Amonn Nelson 4x400m Calgary, AB Brenda Van Tighem
Hank Palmer 4x100m Lasalle, QC Daniel St-Hilaire
Adrienne Power 4x400m Halifax, NS Peter Lord
Tara Quinn-Smith Marathon Toronto, ON Hugh Cameron
Gary Reed 800m Victoria, BC Wynn Gmitroski
Gavin Smellie 4x100m Etobicoke, ON Erik Jenkins
Andrew Smith Marathon Toronto, ON Hugh Cameron
Oluseyi Smith 4x100m Ottawa, ON Glenroy Gilbert
Brianne Theisen Heptathlon Humboldt, SK Todd Johnston
Robin Watson 3000m Steeplechase London, ON Dave Scott-Thomas
Angela Whyte 100m Hurdles Edmonton, AB Wayne Phipps
Dylan Wykes Marathon Kingston, ON Steve Boyd


Some places which sell Vittel water will have these NB key chains attatched to the bottles. Maybe only in Japan?


  1. Skuj permalink
    August 4, 2009 12:51 pm

    I’d kill to hear the details of that 5x5k session.

  2. January 11, 2010 4:16 am

    Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

    I’m Out! 🙂

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