Name: Reid Coolsaet
CAN Fund Recipient Since: 2012
Sport: Athletics – Marathon
3rd Place at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (2:10:55)
Hometown: Guelph, ON
Horoscope Sign: Libra
On The National Team Since: 2002
How does being a CAN Fund Recipient make a difference for you?
Training in Kenya has been an integral part of my development as a runner. These trips are 100% self-funded and the flights aren’t cheap! Receiving CAN Fund pretty much pays for two training camps in Kenya.
Think of someone who has impacted your life. Share 3 words on who they are to you.
Dave Scott-Thomas – Coach, Mentor, Friend.
Dave has been my coach since 1998 when I arrived at the University of Guelph. He had a long-term approach with my development which took me from an alternate on the University of Guelph Cross-Country team to an Olympian. Dave has an unmatched coaching record in the CIS and had four Olympians compete at the 2012 London Olympics.
When was the moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada?
When I ran at my first National Championships in the 3000m Steeplechase. I ended up qualifying and competing for the Canadian junior team against the Caribbean countries.
What is the best part about representing Canada?
The support we get from our fans.
What do you value most in your friends?
Biggest lesson you have learned to get to where you are today?
Consistency and patience is required to be a successful distance runner.
What is your favourite thing about being on the road with your teammates?
Connecting with people who share the same passion.
What are you favourite places in the world you have visited?
Iten, Kenya and Flagstaff, Arizona.
What three items do you take with you on every road trip?
Running shoes, books and my camera.
What is your favourite quote?
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
What is your favourite book?
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
What is your favourite tv series?
What is your favourite song to work out to?
Why by Mas Ysa
What is the most played song on your ipod?
Hollywood Forever Cemetery by Father John Misty
What is a healthy snack you eat before or after training sessions?
Chocolate, banana, peanut butter protein shake post-training
What is your pre-game/pre-competition meal?