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Posted: September 11, 2019:  

Athletics: Tigist Girma Withdraws from Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Statement From Alan Brookes Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Alan Brookes, Race Director:

Following last Thursday s (September 5th) announcement of Tigist Girma s participation in the 2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon we were surprised to receive an email from her management company, Elite Sports Management International.

The email, sent on Monday September 9th, informed us that the athlete was withdrawing from the race because the athlete’s husband did not think the course w as fast enough to match her condition.

We are surprised and disappointed as a contract was signed and returned to us on July 11th,2019.

Furthermore, the Toronto course record set last year by Mimi Belete ( is 2:22:29 more than four minutes faster than Tigist s personal best. Sharon Cherop ( and Koren Yal ( both ran 2:22:43 in 2010 and 2011 respectively. These times compare favourably with most IAAF Gold Label races.

As a professional IAAF Gold Label organization we enormously value our r elationship with the world s media. We understand athletes sometimes are injured and must withdraw. But, in this case, we hope that these unforeseen circumstances do not reflect badly upon our efforts to further grow the sport we love. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Though we are disappointed we wish Tigist well with her career.

For further information and entry to the 30th Edition Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, see

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