Racing for Rio

Aileen Meagher International Track Classic


The Aileen Meagher International Track Classic takes place Tuesday, June 2nd at Huskies Stadium. The following Nova Scotia athletes will be vying to meet qualifying standards for the Pan-American Games, 2015 World Championship’s and the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio.Halifax’s Geoff Harris, a 2012 Olympic semi-finalist in the 800-meter has qualifying on this mind. The Nova Scotia 800-meter record holder and former Canadian champion can meet qualifying standards for the Pan-American Games and 2015 World Championships when he competes at the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic at Huskies Stadium on Tuesday June 2nd.

Harris loves to compete, and he loves to perform in front of the fans at home. “The Aileen Meagher Classic has been a staple in my career… Every year director Kevin Heisler puts on a great meet giving me an opportunity to run fast on home soil.” The 800m race should be one of the most exciting, in a meet with elite top sprinters and middle-distance runners from around the world.
Racing towards Rio
Olympic sprinter Jenna Martin-Evans is set to make her return to the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic next Tuesday June 2nd at Huskies Stadium in Halifax. After an injury sidelined her last season, the 400m specialist and London 2012 Olympian has an eye towards the 2016 games in Rio.
“The Meagher fits in nice to my competition plan because it will help kick off the Canadian meets and be the start of my final prep for nationals”. While success in the 2015 season is a goal in itself, Rio 2016 looms large for Martin-Evans.” My goal for 2015 is definitely to make the Canadian World Championship team and to be healthy and strong coming into training for Rio-that would be wonderful!”
Pushing for Record
Just a half a second comes between Celia Peters and a provincial record in the 800-meter sprint. The 27 year-old, New Glassgow native, aims to crack the current record of 2:04.19 next Tuesday night at the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic June 2nd in Halifax at St.Mary’s University’s Huskies Stadium. Her personal best of 2:04.73 in 2014 puts her just 0.55 of a second from a new record.
Achieving these goals requires serious commitment, further tested by a harsh Canadian winter. Peters works and trains in Halifax, following a disciplined schedule – training twice a day, 6 days a week including rising before dawn for an icy run before heading off to work. Evening workouts took place at the Canada Games Centre for lung-searing 90 minute sessions.
For Peters, a record-breaking performance in front of her family and friends at Huskies Stadium will make the hundreds of hours of hard work all worth it.

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