My 13th guest on Inside the Runner's Mind is one of Canada’s best long distance runners and, as of April 15th, 2012, the second fastest Canadian marathoner of all-time: Dylan Wykes.
A standout high school athlete, Dylan honed his talents in cross country and track under Ray Treacy at Providence College, Rhode Island, before bursting onto the marathon scene with a 2:15 debut in the 2008 Rotterdam race, one of the fastest in Canadian history.
He’s since gone on to represent Canada in the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, win the 2010 California International Marathon in Sacramento, and excel as an elite athlete in numerous races across North America.
Now coached by Coquitlam's Richard Lee, Dylan’s Personal Bests include: 13:43 for 5000m; 28:12 for 10000m; 1:02:14 for the half-marathon; and 2:10:47 for the marathon.
Having also represented Canada in the World Cross Country Championships, Dylan’s set to compete in his first Olympic Games around the streets of London, England in August, after memorably returning to Rotterdam in April and cracking the Canadian qualifying standard at the third attempt.
You can follow Dylan's progress heading into and during the Olympics via his Twitter feed: @DylanWykes