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Canada’s Mike Tate has turned professional. Upon his graduation this year from Southern Utah University, the Heatherton, NS runner has signed with Run-Fast Sports Management.

Tate’s resume includes an NCAA-leading and SUU school record in the indoor 5,000-metre of 13:37.12. He also finished third in the Canadian Olympic Trials at the national championships in Ottawa, ON. In 2018, he also ran a new personal best in the 10,000-metre event, finishing in the time of 29:09.36 in April.

“The reason I chose to work with Run-Fast is they put my needs as an athlete first,” Tate said, through a company statement. “What I need to become the best athlete I can are Run-Fast’s top priorities. I have some high goals such as competing for Canada at the 2020 Olympics, and I feel like Run-Fast is the best option for me to accomplish as many of them as possible.”

Run-Fast Director Peter McHugh is excited to have Tate join an elite roster of more than thirty athletes from across North America, Europe, and Africa, and is optimistic about Tate’s prospects: “Mike is a promising young talent with an impressive collegiate career behind him, which bodes well for a bright future ahead of him. We look forward to raising his profile and helping him achieve his ambitions.”

Tate’s next race will be the Canadian Road 5k Championships, to be held in Toronto on the 9th of September.

Run-Fast is based in London, UK and manages elite endurance runners from across North America, Europe, and Africa.