Canadian Marathon Record Progression

How did we get here? Follow the progression of the Canadian men's and women's marathon records.

While I was hunting around on the weekend trying to find out who Canada’s fastest ever marathoners were, I stumbled across the site of the Association of Road Racing Statisticians which has lists showing the progression of hundreds of national records from around the world, including the progression of the Canadian men’s and women’s marathon record.

Canadian Men

Cam Levins 2:09:25 Toronto Oct 18
Jerome Drayton 2:10:08 Fukuoka Dec 75
Jerome Drayton 2:11:12 Fukuoka Dec 69
Jerome Drayton 2:12:00 Detroit Oct 69
Robert Moore 2:18:55 Toronto Sep 69
Ron Wallingford 2:19:24 St Hyacinthe Sep 66
Ron Wallingford 2:21:27 Detroit Nov 65
Gordon Dickson 2:21:50 Hamilton May 58
Walter Fedorick 2:28:04 Hamilton Jul 51
Gerard Coté 2:33:42 Salisbury Beach, MA May 41
Gerard Coté 2:34:06 Yonkers Nov 40
Walter Young 2:34:47 Verdun Oct 38
James Bartlett 2:36:35 Hamilton Sep 38
Harold Webster 2:37:36 Hamilton Sep 31
Cliff Bricker 2:39:24 Amsterdam Aug 28
Cliff Bricker 2:40:05 Buffalo NY May 27
Percy Wyer 2:51:10 Montreal Sep 26

Canadian Women

Lanni Marchant 2:28:00 Toronto Waterfront Oct 13
Silvia Ruegger 2:28:36 Houston Jan 85
Silvia Ruegger 2:30:37 Ottawa May 84
Jacqueline Gareau 2:30:58 Tokyo Nov 80
Jacqueline Gareau 2:31:41 Montreal Sep 80
Linda Staudt 2:37:39 London Aug 80
Christine Lavalee 2:42:50 Ottawa May 80
Gayle Olinekova 2:44:04 Waldniel, Germany Sep 79
Gail McKean 2:44:53 Vancouver May 79
Christine Lavalee 2:47:39 Ottawa May 78
JoAnn McKinty 2:57:40 Kitchener Oct 75
Maria Brzezinska 3:03:15 Vancouver May 74
Maureen Wilton 3:15:22 Toronto May 67

* originally posted September 30, 2010

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  1. The women’s progression is incorrect. JoAnn Heale ran 2:57:40 in 1975. I will see what I can do about fixing this list.

  2. Thanks Louise! The ARRS list appears to have been updated to include JoAnn Heale (née McKinty), as well as the two previous recordholders.

  3. Yes, she did. Nicole ran a 2:32:56 at the Houston Marathon in 2006, but this list is the progression of the Canadian record which was 2:28 by Sylvia Ruegger at the time of Nicole’s 2:32.

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