Coolsaet off and running to Japan


Reid Coolsaet at the 2012 Summer Olympics (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

OTTAWA – Hamilton’s Reid Coolsaet will lead Canada’s athletes to Chiba, Japan for the 24th International Chiba Ekiden Road Race Relay on Nov. 23. Coolsaet finished 27th in the men’s marathon competition at the London Games

The unique event features teams of men and women running six alternate legs to cover the marathon distance of 42.195-kilometres.

Also on the team is Alex Genest of Lac-aux-Sables, who recorded a seasonal best in the men’s 3000-metres steeplechase at the Games. Other team members include Krista DuChene of Brantford and Lanni Marchant of London. Both women have run under the 2013 World Championship marathon standard; Rachel Hannah, Barrie, ON; Tarah Korir St. Clements, ON Geoff Martinson, Prince George, B.C.; and Rob Watson Guelph, ON.
The race will unfold as follows:

1st leg – men’s 5km; 2nd leg – women’s 5km; 3rd leg – men’s 10km; 4th leg – women’s 5km; 5th leg – men’s 10km; and the final leg 6th leg – women’s 7.195km.

The Integrated Support Team includes Jon Brown, Victoria, B.C., team leader; Rick Mannen, Brantford, ON, coach; and
Ron O’Hare, Aurora, ON, physiotherapist

The first International Chiba Ekiden was held in 1988. The event made the move to mixed gender teams in 2007., while Genest recorded a seasonal best in the men’s 3000-metres steeplechase. The team is also comprised of Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., and Lanni Marchant of London, Ont. Both women have run under the 2013 World Championship marathon standard.