Canadian distance running hero.
Lanni Marchant solidified herself as a Canadian distance running hero after racing in the women’s Olympic marathon just before in the 10,000m on the track. However, it was her determination and passion challenging her sports governing body, Athletics Canada, for the opportunity to contest the rare distance double, which inspired runners and sports fans alike from coast-to-coast.
Originally from London, Ontario, Marchant is both the Canadian marathon and half marathon record-holder and a practicing criminal lawyer.
Marchant set the national marathon mark at 2:28:00 in October 2013 in Toronto and the half marathon mark at 1:10:47 in March 2014 in Nashville. She finished fourth in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after making her World Championship debut in 2013.
In her first year competing in the 10,000m, Marchant won a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Marchant won the 2015 Canadian 10km title after finishing second in 2014. One week later she won the 2015 Canadian Half Marathon title.
|10,000m||31:46.94||02 MAY 2015||Palo Alto, CA.|
|10km||31:49||23 MAY 2015||Ottawa, Canada|
|Half Marathon||1:10:47||09 MAR 2014||Nashville, TN|
|Marathon||2:28:00||20 OCT 2013||Toronto, Canada|
Lanni is the middle of 7 children (5 girls and 2 boys) born in London, Ontario, Canada. Her mother is a figure skating coach.
Getting into the Sport:
In elementary school Lanni ran as part of her curriculum, and as a great way to cross train for figure skating. By the time she hit high school, she also saw it as a way to make new friends. In grade 10 she joined the high school cross-country team, and quickly replaced her skating time with running time.
Is a criminal defence attorney… Earned LLB from the University of Ottawa and JD from Michigan State University in 2011… Also has Economics degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Odds and Ends
Favourite motto: “If it is to be it is up to me”.