This morning should have been a lazy Sunday morning like any other. But instead of snoozing through the sunrise like I usually do, I had my alarm set for the ungodly hour of 3:11 AM. Why?
Because, fellow dorky followers of Canadian running, our nation’s darling of the men’s marathon, Mr. Reid Coolsaet, crossed the finish line of the Berlin Marathon this morning, and I just had to know his time. Coolsaet ran a personal best of 2:10:29 – an especially impressive time, considering that’s only about 0.5 seconds/kilometer off from Jerome Drayton’s 40-year-old Canadian record.
Coolsaet’s world-class performance was enough to earn him a sixth-place finish, and he’s now officially the second-fastest marathoner in Canadian history, edging out Dylan Wykes’ previous 2:10:47 for the runner-up spot.
Any record that’s stood for as long as Drayton’s can become, for a fan like me, kind of maddening. I can’t help but think back to Lanni Marchant’s glorious finish at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon two years ago, when she smashed Sylvia Ruegger’s 28-year-old Canadian record. How amazing would it be to watch Reid have a moment like Lanni’s?
Coolsaet says he’s at once satisfied and frustrated by his performance in Berlin. As an athlete, it’s easy to see where he’s coming from. But as a fan, I’m nothing but excited. It feels to me like the long quest to break Drayton’s record is gaining a new momentum. I don’t know about you, but I think Coolsaet is the man for the job.
And if the reaction on social media is any indication, it looks like I’m not alone…
Chase big dreams.