Thomas coaches Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis and others.
Add Athletics Kenya to the list with the NFL and NBA for organizations where drug testing is a joke.
Coolsaet gives an entertaining play-by-play of the race and explains how he settled a dispute with another runner about how fast the rabbits should be going.
"We reached halfway in 1:04:57. I felt great and was pumped that I didn’t need to run faster the second half to hit my goal. Just after halfway some guy in our pack was complaining to the rabbits that we were running too fast. Michael Shelley told him we were perfect. He complained some more. Scott Overall said we were right on pace. He kept complaining to the pacers. Being the closest to him I yelled in his ear 'WE’RE PERFECT!!' He kept quiet after that. If it’s too fast then drop back. ... Coming into the finish I could see the clock and the time was under the Canadian record. It was an indescribable feeling that over the course of 42,200m I just needed to be 120m up the road to break the Canadian record."
The world record was not to be as the field went through halfway in 1:01:53 (2:03:46 pace). They were only 9-seconds off what Dennis Kimetto split during his WR run last year, but they fell further and further behind from there. Kipchoge broke away from the field around 35K and Eliud Kiptanui (2:05:21) and Lilesa Feyisa (2:06:57) were 2nd and 3rd. Second fastest man of all tiem Emmanuel Mutai was 4th. Cherono won handily over Aberu Kebede (2:20:48). On the North American front, Reid Coolsaet ran 2:10:28 for 6th to miss the 2:10:09 Canadian NR. Matt Llano was the top American as he ran a 2:12:28 PB for 13th. *Results
The record was set by Jerome Drayton at 2:10:09 in 1975.
Good quote by Reid Coolsaet on getting conditions perfect for marathon running: “What I need is the weather from Toronto 2010, the pacer from Toronto 2011, fitness from Fukuoka 2013 and the group (of runners) from London 2014. Too much to ask?”
Kenyan defending champion Joseph Gitau (2:06:58) leads very deep field that includes 2007 World Championships 10000 bronze medalist Martin Mathathi (who will try again at the marathon after dropping out of last year's race) and Polish NR holder Henryk Szost (2:07:39). Japanese entrants are led by Yuki Kawauchi and Arata Fujiwara and other top competitors include US's Bobby Curtis, Canada's Reid Coolsaet and Ireland's Alistair Cragg who will once again try to finish a marathon.
Sheila Reid and Reid Coolsaet lead the Canadian team. No mention who's on Team USA.