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Obsessive Runner - Andrew Chak

10 Canadian Finish Times to Beat in the New Year

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Need some inspiration for a new race time goal? Then how about being faster than a Baywatch babe? Or how about outrunning an octogenarian or a speeding banana? Take a look at some of these famous (and perhaps not so famous) finish times either run in Canada or by Canadians to set your goals for the new year.

Note: Both half- and full-marathon times are included. If there is only an observed time for a full-marathon, then a half-marathon time is calculated using the McMillan Running Calculator with the reverse being true for observed half-marathon times.

 

 Fauja Singh Take on the Turbaned Torpedo
At 100 years old, Fauja Singh chose to run his centenarian marathon along the Toronto waterfront – if he can do it, so can you!
Full-marathon: 8:11:06 (2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon)
Half-marathon: 3:53:21 (*calculated)

 

 Pamela Anderson Better than a Baywatch Babe
BC-born Pamela Anderson barely trained but this Baywatch babe finished her first marathon to raise funds for Haitian relief.
Full-marathon: 5:41:03 (2013 New York City Marathon)
Half-marathon: 2:42:03 (*calculated)

 

 Alanis Morissette Run at a Jagged Little Pace
She writes music, she sings, she runs and wouldn’t it be ironic if you beat Alanis Morrisette’s finish time?
Full-marathon: 4:28:45 (2009 New York City Marathon)
Half-marathon: 2:07:42 (*calculated)

 

 Mark Messier Speedier than a Stanley Cup Captain
Although you’re unlikely to beat his six Stanley Cup wins, Mark Messier’s marathon time is doable if you train for it.
Full-marathon: 4:14:21 (2011 New York City Marathon)
Half-marathon: 2:00:51 (*calculated)

 

 Ryan Reynolds Get After the Green Lantern
Green clearly means go for Vancouver-born Ryan Reynolds where some Green Lantern power must have given him a boost to finish under 4 hours.
Full-marathon: 3:50:22 (2008 New York City Marathon)
Half-marathon: 1:49:28 (*calculated)

 

 Mark Wilding - Bottle Bottled Up Speed
Mark Wilding from Keswick, Ontario earned a Guinness World Record in the hard-to-believe category of “Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Bottle.”
Full-marathon: 3:39:25 (2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon)
Half-marathon: 1:44:16 (*calculated)

 

 Ed Whitlock To Catch an Octogenarian
Ed Whitlock’s finish time during his 80s is a fantastic time for anyone at any age – when I grow up, I wanna be like Ed.
Full-marathon: 3:15:50 (2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon)
Half-marathon: 1:38:57 (2012 Milton Half Marathon)

 

 David Hiddleston - Banana The Fastest Fruit Ever
David Hiddleston from MyNextRace.com shows us that his banana outfit is the best way to power through a race and earn a Guinness World Record for a half-marathoning fruit.
Full-marathon: 3:00:28 (*calculated)
Half-marathon: 1:25:45 (2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon)

 

 Lanni Marchant Chase the New Canadian Women’s Record
A lawyer by day, a runner at all other times, Lanni Marchant beat the 28-year-old national women’s record just this past year.
Full-marathon: 2:28:00 (2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon)
Half-marathon: 1:10:19 (*calculated)

 

 Jerome Drayton The Longstanding Canadian Men’s Record
Since 1975, Jerome Drayton’s record has set the Canadian standard – will you be the one who finally breaks this mark?
Full-marathon: 2:10:08 (1975 Fukuoka International Marathon)
Half-marathon: 1:01:50 (*calculated)

 

Hoping to be faster than an eighty year old while I’m in my forties,

Andrew

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6 Responses to “10 Canadian Finish Times to Beat in the New Year”
  1. Peter Speight Says:

    The equivalent half time posted (1:25:45) for Lanni’s marathon is not correct. I think it should be in the 1:10 range.

  2. Susan Says:

    How about Betty Jean McHugh

    http://www.seniorlivingmag.com/articles/running-up-new-times-for-seniors

  3. Kevin Smith Says:

    lol…I was just about to let Andrew know the same thing…what stats geeks we are, huh Pete? Yup…70:00 flat is as good a guess as any at her half marathon shape this fall…most converters would have it a bit faster, but women often have a very slight endurance bias to standard conversions (thus run more impressive longer distance races relative to shorter).

  4. Friday Five: Reading About Running—Jan 3, 2014 Yuri in a Hurry Says:

    […] 10 Canadian Finish Times to Beat in the New Year, iRun Take a look at some of these famous (and perhaps not so famous) finish times either run in Canada or by Canadians to set your goals for the new year. […]

  5. Andrew Chak Says:

    Hey Peter and Kevin: Thanks for pointing out the error – it was a cut and paste mistake. The half marathon time for Lanni Marchant has been updated!

  6. Friday Five: Reading About Running—Jan 10, 2014 Yuri in a Hurry Says:

    […] Scared Sh*tless. Rock Creek Runner Setting yourself up for success means leaving all the comforts you hid behind for so long in the dust. […]

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