Best Canadian Marathon Runners

Canada has long history marathon races and runners. From ancient times to date, Canada has had and still has famous marathon runners. Discussed below without following any order are great Canadian marathoners of all time.

Krista DuChene

DuChene participated in the 2016 Canadian Marathon Championships and won the race. Later in the same year, she ran in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and she managed to emerge the 35th in the whole competition.

This 42-year-old marathoner is the second-fastest marathon runner in Canada after setting the (2:28:32 ) record the 2016 Canadian Marathon Championship. DuChene ran the Boston Marathon in 2018 and was 3rd placed with (2:43:31) full time, and in 2013, she also participated in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Her first participation in a marathon was back in 2005 in the Boston Marathon. She finished at 3:00:46 chip time.

Eric Gillis

Gillis started his running career back in college from 1998 to 2004, and he won the Cross Country Championship. He also competed twice in the World University Games. Since Gillis became a professional athlete, he represented Canada three times in the Olympic Marathon and in the 2016 Olympic Marathon he finished at number 10 with 2:12:29 chip time. He also participated in the Canadian Championship Marathon and won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at different championship events.

Tom Longboat

Tom Longboat participated in the Boston Marathon in 1901 and finished second. This victory motivated him, and in 1905, he ran in the Victoria Day marathon and finished second-best runner. In 1906, he won the Bay Road Race and in 1907, broke the Boston Marathon time record after winning he set a 2:24: 24-time record. His career went on well, and in 1909, he won the title of professional champion of the world and defeated the previous champions.

Reid Coolsaet

Coolsaet has participated in both Canadian National and international Marathon competitions. In 2016, Coolsaet won the Road2Hope race 10k marathon. In 2011, Coolsaet participated in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon finishing third. This victory made him participate in the 2012 London Olympics, and he finished at 27th position. He is also remembered for winning four national championships in the 5000 meters. He represented Canada at the NACAU U-25 Championship in 2002. In 2005, he won the Summer Universiade which led to him representing Canada in the 2005 World Championship and Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Terry Fox

Terry is known for the founder of the Marathon of Hope. He was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his leg amputated. This did not stop him from running. In 1980, Terry won the Lou Marsh Award as the top sportsman in Canada. Terry organized the Marathon of Hope across Canada to raise 24 million dollars aiming 1 dollar from each Canadian for cancer research. After he passed on, his legacy remained, and to date, the Marathon of Hope is held annually with million participants across the world.

Rob Watson

Watson is a long-distance runner. He has won many races in his running career. He participated in the 2013 World Championship and was 20th placed. He won the several Canadian championships, and he is known as Canada’s most favorite marathoner.

Canada has many great marathoners who have represented the county in national and international marathon competitions. We have picked a few among the best Canadian marathon runners.