Harrier runs fifth in Canadian race
Traralgon Harrier and world-class long distance runner Ian Wheeler of Sale finished fifth in the Canadian Exhibition international marathon championship. The race was held at Toronto, Canada, recently. Wheeler, who last month was named Caltex —Journal Sports Star of the Month, was one of a three-man Australian team which competed against top athletes from the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.
The marathon, held in conjunction with the annual Canadian National Exhibition, started before a crowd of 30,000. Wheeler finished the course of 26 miles 385 yards in the excellent time of 2 hours 22 minutes. The winner was R. Julian, from New Zealand in 2 hours 16 minutes. On his return to Australia Wheeler said “it was a good, tough race held in warm conditions.”
Traralgon Harriers are now in training for the Victorian marathon championship to be run at Tyabb September 20. A large number of juniors and seniors is expected to enter. Senior 12 and six mile and junior 3000 metre races will be held Sunday from the racecourse.
The Journal, Thurs. Oct. 16, 1969 – Page 18