James Durling

Scotiabank Rat Race Chilly Half Marathon Toronto Marathon Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon SSQ Insurance Quebec City Marathon Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Demi-Marathon Mont-Tremblant Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon Scotiabank Montreal Half Marathon Around the Bay Mississauga Marathon Oasis Zoo Run Downsview Parkrun Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Terry Fox Run

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I'mJames Durling

Toronto, ON

In the summer of 2017, at the age of 46. I registered for my first running event. The Scotiabank Rat Race (5k). I vividly remember the energy coursing throughout my body at the starting line, the cheers from spectators that lined the streets of Downtown Toronto, the uncertainty about my ability to finish the race, the joy of crossing the finish line, the positive energy at the post race celebration, mostly the feeling of belonging when I was called a "runner" for the first time.

Running has became an integral part of my identity and daily routine. When I am not running, which is rare, I am reading, planning, and learning how to become a stronger and more efficient endurance runner. During family vacations I always pack my running gear and map out a variety of destination runs. Competitively, I ran several 5k races before progressing to longer distances (10k & half-marathon). In the fall of 2019, I ran my first marathon at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Running a marathon for the first time was a very humbling learning experience that has fueled my desire to improve my strength and endurance. My running journey continues as I work towards my next goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

Race Photos

James Durling at the 2021 Tamarack Ottawa Lumberjack Challenge James Durling at the 2021 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon James Durling at the 2021 Missisauga Marathon James Durling at the 2021 Scotiabank Montreal 21K James Durling at the 2020 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon James Durling at the 2020 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon James Durling at the 2020 Missisauga Marathon James Durling at the 2020 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon James Durling at the 2020 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon James Durling at the 2020 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon James Durling at the 2020 Scotiabank Montreal 21k James Durling at the 2020 Chilly Half Marathon James Durling at the 2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon James Durling at the 2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon James Durling at the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon James Durling at the 2018 Oasis Zoo Run James Durling at the 2018 Oasis Zoo Run James Durling at the 2018 Oasis Zoo Run James Durling at the 2018 Oasis Zoo Run James Durling at the 2018 Toronto Marathon James Durling at the 2018 Toronto Marathon James Durling at the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon James Durling at the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon James Durling at the 2017 Don Olson Classic James Durling at the 2017 Scotiabank Rat Race
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