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Marathoner Reid Coolsaet wins his debut ultra

Redi Coolsaet, one of Canada’s best-known and most highly decorated marathoners, kicked off his ultrarunning career in style this past weekend winning the Quebec Mega Trail event

Coolsaet, a Hamilton native, had a long and illustrious career that began at the University of Guelph, and continued as he became a marathon specialist. He had been one of the top marathoners in the country for years after making his debut 2009. He competed for Canada in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics. 

The runner still had his eyes on making the Canadian Olympic team for Tokyo, his efforts fell short failing in a last-ditch attempt to qualify at the Tuscany Marathon in Siena, Italy. 

Coolsaet made the move to the ultramarathon distance and hit the Southern Ontario trails to prepare for the event. 

Although it worked out well in the end, Coolsaet’s day wasn’t without some adventure, as he found himself off course and had to add 10 kilometres onto his day to make his way back on course. At the first checkpoint, he was in 52nd place, but by the end, he was 20 minutes ahead of his closest competitor Mike Neron. Not a bad day. 

Coolsaet crossed the finish line accompanied by his two children, winning the QMT 110 in 14:24:16 with Mike Neron in second at 14:48:11. Top female finishers of the QMT 110 were Kim Gaudet at 17:17:53 and Lisa Dosch at 19:49:55.

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