by Paul Gains
As far as rivalries go Canada’s leading female marathoners Krista Duchene and Lanni Marchant are on extremely good terms. No trash talking, no mud slinging. Cooperation up to a point.
In the absence of dedicated pacemakers the pair helped each other to personal bests at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon which qualified them to represent Canada at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow later in the summer. But a major test of their preparedness comes June 23rd at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, a race that Duchene won a year ago in 1:14:03.
“When we ran in Rotterdam we had never even met until we got there,” Duchene reveals, “and we just clicked in that first race working together. Obviously, in the end, it’s any person’s race. But, as the distance gets longer your competition also becomes your ally.”
Duchene began her 2013 Canadian season with a hard fought and very surprising victory at the Harry’s Spring Run Off 8km while Marchant won the Toronto Yonge Street 10k. Those events, as well as the SVHM, are part of the Canada Running Series.
They met again at the Ottawa 10k where Marchant placed 6th in 32:46 with Duchene 7th in 32:52.