Monday, 14 August 2017
￼NATIONAL CHAMPION On Saturday August 12th Mathias Gelber ran away from 23 of the fastest runners in Canada to capture the gold medal and the National Champion crown in the 2000m race at the 2017 Canadian National Track and Field Championships. Mathias lives in Pincher Creek and just completed his second season with Passtrak, (Crowsnest Pass track & field club) and his first season with the Alberta track & field team. The Canadian Championships for the Midget and Youth age groups was held in Winnipeg from August 11th - 13th. The Midget age group includes athletes who are 14 & 15 years old while the Youth category includes 16 & 17 year old athletes. Mathias is 15 years old and was ranked number 3 in Canada in the Midget age group prior to the race. Knowing that his main 2 opponents had excellent finishing speed his race plan was to take the pace out hard to drain the speed out of others legs. The plan worked well as he opened up a gap in the first 4 laps that no one could close in the final 400m. Mathias finished the race in 5:43.43 which is a life time best performance by 9 seconds and also set a new Passtrak club record for his age group. Coincidentally he also broke the current Alberta Provincial record for his age group by 2.9 seconds. Mathias will now take some well earned time off before the cross country running season starts in mid September.