Countries that have held their national qualification races for the first ever World Mountain & Trail Running Championships are now naming their teams. Great Britain & Northern Ireland did so Wednesday.

Athletics Canada has chosen 18 athletes to take part in the global event after the national championships that were held in Vernon, BC.

The World Championships are coming up quickly as they will take place November 3-6 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Canada’s team is made up of six women and 12 men who will compete in the first championship of its kind. Mountain and trail world championships have historically been held separately. Team Canada head coach Adrian Lambert says that, while the event’s newness makes it difficult to predict its calibre of competition, he expects his athletes to contend with the best.  

“We are sending a very strong team, so we are hopeful to finish inside the top 10 in our events,” he said. “Canada has historically competed well in both the Trail and Mountain Running Championships at the World level, and we are hoping to continue that at the combined championships.”

Nationals in Vernon

The first-ever Canadian Mountain & Trail Running Championships were held on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Vernon, B.C. Vernon is located just a 45 to 50-minute drive north of Kelowna at the north end of Okanagan Lake.

More than 350 athletes hailing from Canada and beyond competed at Okanagan’s Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park across championship races across ten categories. The top two finishers in each championship event auto-qualified for the 2023 World Mountain & Trail Running Championships in Innsbruck and Stubai, Austria.

“The conditions were pretty much perfect,” said national mountain and trail running team head coach Adrian Lambert. “We started off at a chilly six degrees and it rose to 16 – all dry, and sunny, and the trails were smooth.”

Full details and results are located here>>

Team

AthleteEvent NameHometownClubPersonal Coach
Alexandre RicardMen’s Classic Uphill & Classic Up & DownSquamish, BCUnattached 
Calum NeffMen’s Short Trail (40km)Katy, TXUnattached 
Dany RacineMen’s Short Trail (40km)Victoriaville, QCClub Citius – CITS 
David JekerMen’s Long Trail (80km)Montréal, QCUnattached 
Jean-Philippe ThibodeauMen’s Long Trail (80km)Victoriaville, QCClub Citius – CITSReid Coolsaet
Jeffrey CampbellMen’s Long Trail (80km)Hong Kong, HKUnattached 
Joannie DesrochesWomen’s Long Trail (80km)Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, QCUnattached 
Kelsey LepardWomen’s Short Trail (40km)Delta, BCUnattachedMike Murphy
Kerri LabrecqueWomen’s Vertical UphillOttawa, ONUnattachedMatt Daniels
Kris SwansonMen’s Classic Uphill & Classic Up & DownChilliwack, BCUnattached 
Maika LamoureuxWomen’s Long Trail (80km)Shannon, QCUnattached 
Martin DagenaisMen’s Short Trail (40km)Lac-Beauport, QCClub de coureurs Boréal – BORLBrian Gibb
Mathieu DubéMen’s Long Trail (80km)Terrebonne, QCClub 3D – CA3DDorys Langlois
Matt TribeMen’s Long Trail (80km)Oakville, ONUnattached 
Remi LerouxMen’s Classic Uphill & Classic Up & DownCandiac, QCUnattached 
Sasha GollishWomen’s Classic Uphill & Classic Up & DownToronto, ONRoyal City Athletics ClubTerry Radchenko
Shannon PenwayWomen’s Classic Uphill & Classic Up & DownNorth Vancouver, BCUnattached 
Shaun Stephens-WhaleMen’s Classic Uphill & Classic Up & DownSquamish, BCUnattached 
Team Staff
Adrian LambertHead CoachEdmonton, AB
Sue LambertTeam ManagerEdmonton, AB

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