Canada’s maximum adorned distance runner at the observe, Moh Ahmed, is stepping up in distance. On Jan. 14, the 31-year-old Olympic silver medallist will make his half-marathon debut on the Aramco Houston Part Marathon.
Ahmed has had a illustrious occupation at the observe, successful Olympic silver and environment Canadian data over 5,000m and 10,000m, however has no longer raced at the roads a lot. Out of doors of a couple of native street races and successful the Canadian males’s 10K identify final yr, Ahmed has no longer but examined himself over 21.1 or 42.2 km.
“The Aramco Houston Part-Marathon sits at a super level at the calendar, and must permit me to check the health I’ve constructed up from a perfect fall of coaching,” Ahmed stated in a commentary on his half-marathon debut. “I do know the direction is a quick one, and so if the elements is just right, I sit up for blending it up with the opposite guys up entrance and seeing what I will do at the streets of House Town.”
Houston is referred to as some of the quickest and best half-marathons in North The usa, and Ahmed gets the chance to problem the Canadian report of 60:18 held by means of Cam Levins. 3 of the final 5 successful occasions in Houston were underneath the Canadian report mark; the direction report is 59:22, from Rio Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa in 2012.
Ahmed will face a robust box of pageant, with many American runners the use of the Houston Part as a tune-up for subsequent month’s U.S. Olympic trials in Orlando, Fla., together with 2016 Olympic marathon bronze medallist Galen Rupp and the highest North American finisher on the 2023 Ottawa Marathon, Parker Stinson. He’s going to additionally face Abel Kipchumba of Kenya, whose 58:07 private best possible leads a robust East African contingent. Kipchumba received the B.A.A. Part Marathon final November and was once 5th on the 2022 Berlin Marathon.
Canada’s Rory Linkletter, who holds a private best possible of 61:08, can also be within the males’s elite box, in preparation for the Sevilla Marathon on Feb. 18, the place he hopes to succeed in the Olympic same old of two:08:10.
Ahmed became 33 on Friday.
You’ll view the overall checklist of elites for the Aramco Houston Part Marathon right here.