Pair of Olympians to lead Canada’s entry at Chiba Ekiden Road

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October 30, 2012, OTTAWA- Athletics Canada officially named today the athletes who will travel to Chiba, Japan for the 24th International Chiba Ekiden Road Race Relay on November 23. The unique event features teams of men and women running six alternate legs to cover the marathon distance of 42.195-kilometres.

The Canadian team is led by 2012 Olympians Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., and Alex Genest of Lac-aux-Sables, Que. Coolsaet finished 27th in the men’s marathon competition at the London Games, while Genest recorded a seasonal best in the men’s 3000-metres steeplechase. The team is also comprised of Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., and Lanni Marchant of London, Ont. Both women have run under the 2013 World Championship marathon standard.

The race will unfold as follows:

  • 1st leg – men’s 5km
  • 2nd leg – women’s 5km
  • 3rd leg – men’s 10km
  • 4th leg – women’s 5km
  • 5th leg – men’s 10km
  • 6th leg – women’s 7.195km


2012 Chiba Ekiden Road Race Team



Personal Coach

Reid Coolsaet

Hamilton, ON

Dave Scott-Thomas

Krista DuChene

Brantford, ON

Rick Mannen

Alex Genest

Lac-aux Sables, QC

Dave Scott-Thomas

Rachel Hannah

Barrie, ON

Rossario Ristuccia

Tarah Korir

St. Clements, ON

Peter Grinbergs

Lanni Marchant

London, ON

Dave Mills

Geoff Martinson

Prince George, BC

Wynn Gmitroski

Rob Watson

Guelph, ON

Dave Scott-Thomas

Integrated Support Team

Jon Brown

Victoria, BC

Team Leader

Rick Mannen

Brantford, ON

Team Coach

Ron O’Hare

Aurora, ON


The first International Chiba Ekiden was held in 1988. The event made the move to mixed gender teams in 2007.

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