Toronto Waterfront Marathon sees new Canadian marathon record set by Cam Levins
Cam Levins has shattered the elusive Canadian marathon record.
The 29-year-old from Black Creek, B.C., ran two hours nine minutes 22 seconds in the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in his marathon debut. He was also crowned the national marathon champion as the first Canadian across the finish line.
Jerome Drayton set the previous record, one of the oldest on the books, of 2:10:09 in 1975.
Levins earned a bonus of $43,000 – $1,000 for every year the record stood – for breaking the mark.
Levins’ victory comes after a couple of injury-plagued seasons for the Olympian. Levins was Canada’s best distance runner on the track for several seasons, running both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the London Olympics, and capturing bronze in the 10,000 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
But he injured his ankle while crossing the finish line of the 1,500 metres at the 2015 Canadian championships. The injury required surgery and wiped out the better part of the next two seasons.