TORONTO, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Olympian and World Championship
Marathoner Reid Coolsaet is aiming to break the longstanding Canadian
Marathon Record this year, and has chosen the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto
Waterfront Marathon as the race to do it. Coolsaet is targeting a time
under 2:10:09, the current Canadian record set by Jerome Drayton 38
"We are thrilled that Reid will be on the start line at this year's
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon," said Race Director Alan
Brookes. "He is a great competitor and someone who is not afraid to
challenge and push the limits of what we thought was possible in
Canadian marathoning. He's truly a Canadian athlete of international
calibre and with all the marathon choices he has this fall, we're
delighted he's chosen to do it in Toronto."
Brookes is also very pleased that 18-year title sponsor, Scotiabank, is
putting up a bonus of $38,000 as an incentive to beat Jerome Drayton's
38-year-old Canadian record at this year's race. That's $1,000 for
every year since the record of 2:10:09 was set.
"Scotiabank wishes Reid Coolsaet, one of Canada's preeminent
marathoners, all the best in his quest to break the Canadian Marathon
race record," said Jacquie Ryan, Scotiabank's Vice President of
Sponsorship and Partnership Programs. "The Scotiabank Toronto
Waterfront Marathon is a true demonstration of athleticism,
philanthropy and community spirit. Last year we saw records broken in
the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, which raised more than $4.3 million
for charities - and we can't wait to cheer on Reid and the thousands of
other participants at the race again this year."
Coolsaet was very pleased to hear of the incentive offered by
"The $38,000 prize is a big sum for a professional runner and it's
amazing that Scotiabank offers such a generous bonus," Coolsaet said.
"You have to be motivated intrinsically in order to maximize
performance but having that big carrot sure does help. I think a lot of
people would like to see the record get broken because it's stood for
so long but so many things have to go right for any of us to even take
a shot at it."
The 33-year-old Hamilton, Ontario native is understandably cautious when
it comes to predicting his finishing time at this year's race in
Reid has been an ambassador for Canadian distance running and his return
to this prestigious IAAF Silver Label race is an enormous addition to
one of the world's most recognized running events.
Canadians across the country shared the pride of seeing him finish third
at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in a top
international field. It was at that event that he recorded his personal
best time of 2:10:55 - the third fastest in Canadian history - and
confirmed his place at the London Olympics. And we proudly applauded
his efforts on the world stage at the London Games last summer.
The 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is once again an IAAF
Silver Label race and we are confident this year's event will produce
world class performances by both Canadian and foreign competitors.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
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SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations
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