Smithville’s Terence Attema is among Athletics Canada’s contingent of eight athletes in Japan to compete in the 23rd annual International Chiba Ekiden Road Race Relay. The unique marathon distance road race relay features mixed men’s and women’s teams running six alternate legs.
The Canadian team is also coached by Hamilton’s Chris Moulton, who is associated with Guelph’s Speed River Track and Field Club, considered by many to be Canada’s best.
The Chiba Ekiden relay will unfold in the following order: men’s 5km, women’s 5km, men’s 10km, women’s 5km, men’s 10km and then ending with a women’s 7.195km leg. Canada will face strong competition from 12 nations including the host country, China, Kenya, the United States, Romania and Russia.
Team leader Thelma Wright said described Attema, who turns 22 on Dec. 29, as a “young upcoming road racer.”
The Canadian team includes Chiba returnees Lanni Marchant and Natasha Wodak along with 2011 Canadian cross-country team members Kate Vaughan and Derek Snider who will be joined by 2008 Olympian Taylor Milne and 2009 World Championship team member Rob Watson and Dayna Pidhoresky.