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Former University of Victoria Vike, Geoff Martinson has been named to Team Canada for the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships that will take place in Valencia, Spain on March 24.

This bi-annual event takes place every-other-year and includes the very best distance runners in the world.

In an Athletics Canada release, Coach, Bruce Deacon said, “The World Half Marathon Championship is an extremely competitive race where the top distance running nations typically send strong teams. The depth of performances is always staggering. We are sending a team that features some of the strongest Canadian athletes at this distance.”

Martinson, now living in Vancouver and originally from Prince George, has competed for Canada in the past. In 2011, he represented Canada at the Daegu IAAF World Track and Field Championships in the 1500-metre distance.

He has also gone to Japan to compete in the famous Ekiden (relay) races.

“I was on Ekiden in 2012 and selected for NACAC 10k in 2016 but had to decline due to injury. I’m at least as fit as I was in Houston, but hoping to have a better showing at the World Half,” shared Martinson. “I’m on practicum as part of the UBC pharmacy program for the next three months, so I’ve been training in Port Alberni for February and will be in Oliver in March. It’s exciting to be named to the team, as I see it as a great opportunity to run fast. I was satisfied with the time in Houston, but expect more still.”

To qualify Canadian men had to run at least as fast as 1:06:00 in a half-marathon between April 23, 2017, and January 31st, 2018. The entire men’s team as well as a few who didn’t make it, all competed and qualified with two weeks remaining at the 2018 Chevron Houston Half Marathon on January 14.

Martinson was the fastest with a new personal best time of 1:03:38.

Martinson has run the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon at least three times, winning in 2017 with his performance of 1:04:28.