Official Olympic marathon team selection and the exciting future of Canadian distance running. A short blog update….

By April 30, 2012News

On Thursday my selection to the Canadian Olympic team, along with Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet, was made official at a press conference in Guelph, ON.

It was an exciting day – signing autographs for little kids, putting on the Canadian Olympic team jacket, doing interviews. Exciting & exhausting.

Here are links to a few of the articles written about the day:

The Record article by Greg Mercer, Hamilton Spectator article by Steve Milton (yes Reid finally got some press in his hometown paper), Guelph Mercury article by Rob Massey.

And here are a few that recap my race in Rotterdam:

Globe & Mail Article by Lori Ewing & Kingston Whig-Standard article by Mike Koreen.

Currently working on my plan for preparations towards London with coach Lee. Training at high altitude worked well for me before Rotterdam (I was in Flagstaff, AZ training from Dec-Feb in preparation for Lake Biwa marathon and then again for 4 weeks before Rotterdam marathon) so the plan is to head back. I hope to split my time between Flagstaff, AZ and St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The Kingston running community (spearheaded by Al Cantlay at Runner’s Choice Kingston and the Kingston Road Runners Association) have started ‘Dylan’s London Fund’ to help support my training ahead of the Olympics. Many thanks to everyone involved; as an amateur athlete every little bit helps me towards achieving my goals in London. More information can be found here.

Lastly, if you weren’t excited about the state of Canadian distance running already – with 3 of our fastest male marathoners in history lining up in London on August 12th – you should be excited now, as young guns Cam Levins and Mo Ahmed obtained the Olympic A standard in the 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invite last night in Palo Alto, CA. This is extremely exciting for the future of Canadian distance running. The Canadian 10,000m record holder Simon Bairu was also in this race. Unfortunately he missed the Olympic standard. But, I’m hopeful he’ll get another shot at the time and that Canada will have 3 men in the 10,000m in London. You can watch the video here: Payton Jordan 10,000m




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  • Brenda Melling says:

    Hi Dylan

    I could barely contain my excitement for you when I learned of your Rotterdam finish.
    I can only imagine how excited you are to be an Olympian!! Wow, it is amazing to say that about you.
    You totally deserve this Dylan, your determination and hard work is very inspiring.
    All the best to you in London, and we will all be watching for sure.

    Unfortunately I missed your get together at the Brew Pub in April, and I am travelling across the country as I write this, so I will miss seeing you in Kingston on the 9th.

    Good luck in London Dylan, and enjoy the whole Olympic experience.

    Brenda Melling

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