Scotiabank Charity Challenge Participants Target $650,000 for 60 Local
VANCOUVER, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Two members of Canada's 2012 Olympic
marathon team will line up at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon in
their final race before the London Olympics. On June 24, 2012 Olympic-bound athletes Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet will join an
expected 7,000 runners and walkers in the Scotiabank Half-Marathon and
5K event. In addition to running for personal goals, many participants
will be running to raise $650,000 in donations for 60 local charities
through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
Elites to Watch For:
Eric Gillis, Guelph, Ontario: Originally from Antigonish, NS, Eric represented Canada in the 2008
Beijing Games in the 10,000m. He qualified to represent Canada in this
year's Olympic Marathon by the smallest of margins -- one second --
running 2:11:28 at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last
October. Eric also won the 2012 Canadian Half-Marathon Championship on
April 29th at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal.
Reid Coolsaet, Hamilton, Ontario: Like Gillis, 32-year-old Reid Coolsaet also trains in Guelph under Coach Dave
Scott-Thomas at the Speed River Track Club, and he also qualified for
London at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront 2011 with a time of
2:10:55. He also spent two months training in Iten, Kenya this past
Kip Kangogo, Lethbridge, AB: Kangogo is the SVHM defending Champion, having won the last three
editions in a row. Always a fierce competitor, he currently leads the
Canada Running Series overall standings. His goal this season is to win
the overall Series. He also hopes to solidify a place on the Canadian
Marathon team for the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow through
his performance at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in
October. On a personal note, Kip also expects to secure his Canadian
citizenship in early 2013.
Lanni Marchant, London, ON: At 28-years-old, from London, ON, Lanni is one of Canada's brightest,
up-and-coming distance-running stars. She had a tremendous,
breakthrough performance at the Rotterdam Marathon this April where she
notched a 2:31:51 time, beating her personal best by 13 minutes.
Although just outside the Canadian standard for the Women's Olympic
Marathon of 2:29:55, Lanni has launched an appeal to be given a place
on the team to London and expects to hear the result any day now. She
raced for Canada on May 28th at the Bolder Boulder 10km in Colorado, finishing 11th in a time of
35:02 on a hilly course in high-altitude conditions.
Krista Duchene: This 35-year-old mother of three from Brantford, ON, also had a huge
breakthrough in Rotterdam on April 15, 2012, finishing in 2:32:05, a
seven-minute improvement to her personal best. Faith is also a very
important motivator in Krista's life and running. Like Lanni Marchant,
she has also filed an appeal to see if she can be given a place on the
Canadian Marathon squad for London.
For more Information: www.vancouverhalf.com
For a complete list of charities registered for the Scotiabank Charity
Challenge please visit: www.vancouverhalf.com
About the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K:
The Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K is part of the prestigious
Canada Running Series. As one of Vancouver's premier running events,
the SVHM attracts more than 7,000 runners and walkers of all levels,
including many elite athletes and visitors to the city. The Scotiabank
Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K takes place on Sunday, June 24th starting at 7:30 a.m. for the Half-Marathon and 9:30 a.m. for the 5K.
Register today at www.vancouverhalf.com
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around
the world over the last 5 years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
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