Famous Canadian Runners

Runners and athletes are known for their prowess on the tracks during races. They perfect their skill so as to complete the races first and also in record time. This article looks at the most famous runners in Canada. The runners include:

Terry Fox

Terrance Stanley famously known as Terry Fox was an athlete from Canada. He was also an activist and humanitarian though he specialized in running. Born on 28th June 1981, the late Terry Fox was a cancer patient, a disease resulted in the amputation of one leg. The runner died on 28th June 1981 at the age of 22 due to Metastatic Osteosarcoma.

At the time of his death, he was famously known for the Marathon of Hope and he also held a title for the Companion of the Order of Canada. Despite being amputated his right leg, he continued running. The Marathon of Hope was meant to fund cancer research. Apart from running, he was also good at wheelchair basketball and won three national championships. This is one youngster who did not become famous for relaxing by playing videos but for going out and getting things done.

Donovan Bailey

Donovan Bailey, a sportsman from Canada was born on 16th December 1961. The 51-year-old athlete participated in the 100M races. He had a successful career and was at one time a world record holder. In 1996 Olympic Games, the runner recorded a time of 9.84 seconds to win a gold medal. No other Canadian had run the 100M race in less than 10secs. The 185 CM tall athlete was admitted to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Bailey also took part in 50M, 60M, 150M, and 200M running events. Some of the events he has been involved in are the Olympics Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.

Sylvia Ruegger

Sylvia Ruegger mostly known as Sylvie was born on 23rd February 1961 in Oshawa, Canada. She is a retired athlete who had specialized in long distance races. She flew the Canadian flag in the summer Olympics of 1984 that took place in 1984 in Los Angeles, California and became eighth. At the time of retirement, she had won the Houston Marathon in 1985 with a time of 2:28:36. In the 1987 Pittsburgh Marathon, she was first with a time of 2:31:52.

Jerome Drayton

Canadian Jerome Drayton was born on 10th January 1945. He was an international long distance athlete. He was once rated as the world best marathoner. Fukuoka was also a race he won in 1969 and 1975. At the 1975 Fukuoka marathon, he set a Canadian record of 2:10:09 that lasted until 2018 when it was broken by Cam Levins whose time was 2:09:25. The Canadian also represented Canada on-the-go Commonwealth Games and won a silver medal in 1978.