Cam Levins to return to racing at Istanbul Half Marathon

The Canadian marathon report holder Cam Levins will return to the roads on April 28 in Turkey.

On Tuesday, Levins was introduced as one of many headliners for the Istanbul Half Marathon subsequent month. This will likely be Levins’ first race since his DNF on the New York Metropolis Marathon final November.

Levins selected to race New York in preparation for the hilly Paris Olympic marathon, which he had already certified for. The 34-year-old had excessive expectations heading into NYC however dropped out close to the 20 km level. He later disclosed that he was not injured however didn’t really feel nicely, and issues didn’t enhance.

The Istanbul Half Marathon yearly attracts among the quickest distance runners on the earth, leading to sub-one-hour males’s champions in 4 of the final 5 years. In 2021, the ladies’s world half marathon report of 64:02 was set on the race by Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich. Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey broke the world-record mark on the 2021 Valencia Half Marathon later that yr.

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Levins’s final half marathon got here in October on the 2023 Royal Victoria Half Marathon. Photograph: Royal Victoria Marathon/Billie Design Co

Levins at the moment holds each the Canadian marathon report and half marathon mark of 60:18, which he ran on the Vancouver First Half in February 2023. A month later, he hit the 2024 Paris Olympic marathon customary on the Tokyo Marathon, the place he clocked a private finest and North American space report of two:05:36.

He’s one among two Canadian males to have hit the Olympic customary and has already acquired early nomination for Staff Canada on the Paris Olympics.

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