I’d declare total war on The Pusher man
Last week the Hamilton Spectator wrote an article about me running in the upcoming Around The Bay 30km. In that article it’s mentioned that course record holder, Alene Emere Reta, is planning on racing again. Alene Reta has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and consequently served a two year ban. Reta says he took the drugs by mistake, given to him for asthma from a doctor. It’s a shame Around The Bay, and other big races, don’t have drug testing. Some road races have drug testing, I was tested after both of my last two races in 2011 (Zoo Run and STWM). Also, being on the National team I get tested from time-to-time without notice, as recently as last Saturday.
So how do I feel about racing Alene Reta? It’s a good thing he’s racing, that way I’ll have someone to race because I don’t particularly like time trials. Of course I would be happier if there was drug testing at the race. And there’s no evidence that Alene still takes performance enhancing drugs or if he does that an in-competition test would catch him. In 2010 when he set the ATB course record (1:32:22) the day before he ran a 10km in 28:26 (yes, one day earlier).
This past week I ran the challenging parts of the course a couple of times. I will continue to train on the course here and there for the next month in hopes to get comfortable on the rolling hills and the killer hill at 26km. The good thing about the hills is that I broke Reta on a hill when I last raced him in a 1/2 marathon in 2010.
Good luck to Dylan Wykes racing the Lake Biwa marathon on Sunday. If Dylan runs under 2:11:29 we could have 3 marathoners going to the Olympics this summer.
Random Kenya photo. Running with Primos and Pieter while the other Belgians harass and take photos from a car.