The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon took place this past Sunday, and it was the site of an impressive debut from 24 year old Clarence Hung of Boardwalk RC. Clarence has been working hard towards his first Marathon, logging workouts of up to 200km in a single week. Coach Semes had this to say “Clarence has worked hard, methodically, and very diligently in all facets of training, including rest and nutrition. He set reasonable goals, and when the day was as perfect as it was he beat them! We are proud of the kid.”
Clarence used 24 weeks to get ready for this Marathon. He set a goal of 2:39:07, a mark of a competitor he has been trying to match. On race day, near perfect pacing with Rejean Chaisson (pictured in the photo with our waving Clarence tucked behind) led to a 45th place finish overall, and 3rd in his age group, in a time of 2:38:34.1.
Coach Norton points to that amazing pacing that helped Clarence run so strong “ He hit 3:45 on almost every Kilometer! He ran by us smiling, and feeling great, and that’s because of the pace he chose. He’s a model for us all.”
“Clarence’s pace was amazingly consistent” says coach Joanna Kotsopoulos. “So proud of him. He did the training and deserved it!”
Clarence points to the benifits of having a team in your corner “I couldn’t have done it without the guidance of all the coaches at boardwalk and the support of all the runners. I’m really thankful and wouldn’t have gotten to this point without you guys.”
When asked what’s next he says “I’m looking to do Around the Bay next year and perhaps Scotia again. And obviously Boston in 2020.” But for now he points out that a marathon takes a lot from you “I’m done with racing for the year.”
Congrats from all your teammates and coaches.