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Posted: July 18, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Giitah Macharia added to group of top Canadians at Acura Toronto Ten Miler tomorrow; Matt Loiselle scratches with bad cold

TORONTO. July 18th. Giitah Macharia is an excellent new addition for the Start List to tomorrow's Acura Toronto Ten Miler. It looks promising that the 29-year-old Macharia of Oakville will claim the 5th and final place on the Men's Marathon Squad going to the World Championships in Berlin on August 22nd. Macharia, the Canada Running Series Men's Champ for 2004, 2005 and 2006, has worked hard to claim his place. A winner of the Canadian Championship in his marathon debut at Ottawa last May [2008] in 2:16:55, he struggled through the rest of last year. Determined, and with the encouragement of coach Steve Keating, he took himself to New Mexico for altitude training, at his own expense this Spring. He then went to the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon on June 28th to "prove fitness", and seemingly did so with a strong, focused, controlled performance of 65:35, good for 3rd place. While Macharia, along with Tara Quinn-Smith and the others, must await final, official news on selections from Athletics Canada on July 27th, Giitah looks Berlin bound, and will definitely add to an exciting mix on the Start line for the Acura Toronto Ten Miler tomorrow. With Canadian teammates Dylan Wykes and Andrew Smith, they'll provide a good battle for the locally based Kenyan-Canadians like Josephat Ongeri and Kenyans Moses Macharia and David Karanja.

FINAL START List

FULL RESULTS will be posted immediately after the race tomorrow morning at CanadaRunningSeries.com.

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Giitah Macharia finishes strong run for 3rd place at Scotiabank Vancouver Half, June 28th, in 65:35


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