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Rachel is an elite distance runner (5,000m – Half Marathon) who trains with the BC Endurance Project in Vancouver, BC. Rachel grew up in Vancouver but completed her Undergraduate degree in Biomedical Toxicology at the University of Guelph, and moved back home in 2012 to pursue a Masters in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene at the University of British Columbia. With the help of coaches Chris Johnston (from 2012 – 2015) and Richard Lee (from 2015 to present) Rachel slowly chipped away at her personal bests and athletic achievements. She is currently one of the top distance runners in Canada and recently competed for Canada at the IAAF World Championships in London, England, in the 10,000m.

In addition to training and competing in Track and Field Rachel works part-time as a research assistant in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. She also loves volunteers at an emergency veterinary clinic in Vancouver. Rachel’s mother is a trained dietician and so growing up she learnt all about the health benefits of drinking milk (and chocolate Milk is the best kind)!

With the help and support of his sponsors, coaches, friends and family, Rachel is pursuing the goal of competing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Follow her journey on Twitter and Instagram

Career Highlights

  • 2017 IAAF World Championships (20th Place – 10,000m)
  • 32:00.03 10,000m at 2017 IAAF World Championships (#6 Canadian All-Time List)
  • 2017 Canadian 10k Road Race Champion (#5 Canadian All-Time List)
  • 1:12:07 Half Marathon at 2017 New York Half Marathon)
  • 2016 Canadian Cross Country Championships (Silver Medalist)
  • 2015 World University Games (Finalist, 9th Place – 5,000m)
  • 2014 Canadian Track & Field Championships (Silver Medalist – 5,000m)
  • 2014 Vancouver Sun Run Winner
  • 2013 World Cross Country Championships (25th Place)
  • 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Championships (U-Sport/CIS) (Gold Medalist – 3,000m)
  • 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Championships (U-Sport/CIS) (Gold Medalist – 1500m)
  • 2010 University of Guelph Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Championships (U-Sport/CIS) (Gold Medalist – 3,000m)