Victoria’s two-time Olympian Hilary Stellingwerff retires
From sister publication Athletics Illustrated
Hilary Stellingwerff, one of Canada’s all-time best middle-distance runners, has decided to hang up the spikes for good, but the racing flats will surely be kept by the door. She hasn’t completely dropped competing yet. Although she has nothing left to prove in international track racing, she is still very fit of course and is looking forward to seeing what she can do on the roads from 5K to the half-marathon.
“Yes, I still feel I have some fast racing left in me. This summer I was fitter than I’ve ever been in my life, which shows me I’m still at my peak.” said the 35-year-old. “However, I’ve found the last couple years of training on the track have been harder on my body with more injuries. I’ve also found it tough to be away racing so many weekends a year when we have a two year old. I still love training and racing so I’m looking forward to doing some road races and seeing how fast I can run if I focus on some longer races. At this point in my career, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and don’t feel like I have anything to prove, so my motivation is honestly for the pure love of running.”