Athletics Canada launches new road-racing collection



Athletics Canada is uniting Canada’s high highway races with the launch of their new 2023 Highway Race Label Program. This program will act because the group’s first-ever nationwide highway racing collection with the intention to extend the variety of high-level competitions throughout the nation.

Trevor Hofbauer
Trevor Hofbauer at 2022 Canadian Marathon Championships, TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Photograph: Canada Operating Sequence

On Jan. 11, Athletics Canada revealed 12 races spanning 4 provinces that shall be part of this system. The collection will start with Vancouver’s First Half in February and ends with the Hamilton Road2Hope 5K in November. 

In line with Athletics Canada, all 12 races included within the 2023 collection are in full compliance with World Athletics Competitors Guidelines, which permits each Canadian efficiency achieved at their occasions to be acknowledged by World Athletics and included within the World Athletics rankings. All races within the collection will even characteristic an elite-entry program and prize cash.

Natasha Wodak Ottawa 10K
Canadian marathon report holder Natasha Wodak celebrating her win on the 2022 Ottawa 10K, the host of the Canadian 10K Championships. Photograph: Marley Dickinson

One other objective of the Highway Race Label Program is to determine a nationwide anti-doping program facilitated by the Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport (CCES) and to create extra racing alternatives for present and up-and-coming nationwide staff athletes.

“We really feel this program gives an essential construction to highway racing in Canada,” stated Chris Winter, Athletics Canada director of home packages, in a press launch. “We stay up for an thrilling 12 months of racing on the roads all throughout Canada.”

Right here is the schedule for the 2023 Athletics Canada Highway-Racing Sequence:

Race Metropolis / Location Date
First Half offered by BlueShore Monetary Vancouver, BC 02/12/2023
Mississauga Half Mississauga, ON 04/30/2023
BMO Vancouver Half Marathon Vancouver, BC 05/07/2023
BMO Vancouver Marathon Vancouver, BC 05/07/2023
Ottawa 10km offered by Otto’s Ottawa Ottawa, ON 05/27/2023
Underneath Armour Toronto 10K Toronto, ON 06/17/2023
Asics Runkeeper Half Marathon Winnipeg, MB 06/18/2023
Vancouver Half Marathon Vancouver, BC 06/25/2023
Marathon Beneva de Montreal Montreal, QC 09/24/2023
Underneath Armour Eastside 10K Vancouver, BC 09/24/2023
TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon Toronto, ON 10/15/2023
Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope Endorphin Elite 5K Hamilton, ON 11/04/2023


Canada Operating Sequence (CRS) race director Alan Brookes instructed Athletics Canada he’s “delighted” to have 4 CRS races within the collection. “I imagine this collection is a collaborative think-tank of the perfect leaders in our Canadian road-running neighborhood,” states Brookes.

The Vancouver Underneath Armour Eastside 10K is one among Canada Operating Sequence’ 4 occasions within the AC Highway-Racing Sequence. Photograph: Canada Operating Sequence

CRS’s first race within the collection would be the Underneath Armour Toronto 10K on June 17 and finish with the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 15, which can act because the Canadian 2024 Paris Olympic Trials alongside the nationwide marathon championships.



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