Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is Canadian Championship host beginning in 2015

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January 21, 2014, Ottawa (ISN) – Athletics Canada is pleased to announce today a very exciting partnership with Canada Running Series (CRS) that will see the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) serve as Canadian Championship for the marathon event in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Athletics Canada and Canada Running Series are committed to working cooperatively on initiatives that will raise the sport’s awareness and that help connect recreational participants with high performance athletes under one unified brand.

Lanni Marchant

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the national Marathon Championship,” said Alan Brookes, Canada Running Series, Race Director. “I think it’s great recognition for all the hard work and support put in over the last decade by the Canada Running Series team, our sponsors, the Toronto area running community, and the broader city of Toronto. We are confident that this great partnership with Athletics Canada will help take us all to the next level and build the event, and the sport, in Canada’s largest metropolis.”

Lanni Marchant, Canadian women’s marathon record holder, “Canada Running Series hashelped to promote and support Canadian distance runners, and has turned the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon into a highly competitive Canadian race. It is very fitting that the national champion will be crowned at STWM, amongst a top field of Canadian and international athletes.” Marchant broke the long-standing Canadian women’s marathon record at the 2013 edition of the STWM.

Reid Coolsaet

Rob Guy, Athletics Canada, Chief Executive Officer, “We are very pleased to be able to grow our partnership with Alan and the Canada Running Series. Our past efforts, including the London 2012 and Moscow 2013 projects, have been crucial elements of our road running strategy from an organization and athlete standpoint. We look forward to building on those to create even more opportunities. The growth of Athletics Canada road running programs is a priority over the next quadrennial, ensuring increased participation, world class performance and a positive experience for all.”

Reid Coolsaet, “STWM typically puts together the best Canadian marathon field year after year. It will be great to crown the Canadian champion amongst the strongest Canadian competitors.” Coolsaet represented Canada in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games and at the 2009 World Championships.

The partnership will also see Canada Running Series’ Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon host Athletics Canada’s inaugural national road running summit.