It isn’t usually that you simply see a nationwide report damaged on Canadian soil, however on the Vancouver First Half on Sunday morning, Cam Levins added one other Canadian report to his resume, turning into the primary Canadian to interrupt the 61-minute barrier over the half-marathon, successful the race in 60:18.
🚨Canadian report alert!! 🚨
Cam Levins (@CamLevins) smashes the Canadian half-marathon report this morning on 🇨🇦 soil on the @VanFirstHalf
42 seconds off the earlier Canadian report of 61:00! WOW! pic.twitter.com/jWK1quMJsQ
— Canadian Working (@CanadianRunning) February 12, 2023
Levins ran solo many of the race, successful by 4 minutes over Lee Wesselius, Thomas Broatch and 2022 Canadian marathon champion Trevor Hofbauer. Wesselius was second. in a private greatest time of 64:17, whereas Broatch bested Hofbauer for third in 64:23.
Levins’s time took 42 seconds off the earlier report of 61:00, set by Ben Flanagan on the Valencia Half Marathon in October 2022. Levins was additionally in Valencia when Flanagan set the report, ending solely 5 seconds behind him.
It’s secure to say the 33-year-old has success racing on the west coast—his marathon report time of two:07:09 on the 2022 World Athletics Championship in Oregon was the quickest time by a North American marathoner final 12 months.
Levins selected to run The First Half in preparation for the 2023 Tokyo Marathon on March 5, the place he will probably be one of many headliners alongside 2022 Amsterdam Marathon champion Tsegay Getachew (ETH), 2021 London Marathon champion Sisay Lemma (ETH) and his former coaching accomplice and Japanese 5,000m (and previously, marathon) report holder, Suguru Osako.
You possibly can view the complete outcomes from the 2023 Vancouver First Half right here.