RCAF runners bring home silver, new Canadian record

News Article / April 19, 2018

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From RCAF Public Affairs

RCAF runners Chief Warrant Officer Claude Faucher and Major Serge Faucher achieved excellent results at the Canadian Masters Indoor Championships held in Toronto, March 10 and 11, 2018. 

On the first day of competition, Chief Warrant Officer Faucher, from Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, ran in the 800m, finishing a strong fourth in 2:13.90 minutes. His brother, Major Faucher from National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, picked up a silver medal in the 200m with a finishing time of 25.49.

Just over an hour later, the Fauchers teamed up with two other elite M50 runners, Jim Dyck and former Olympian Paul Osland, to set a new Canadian record in the 4 X 400m relay with a time of 3:50.24 minutes. The M50 category includes runners aged 50 to 54; this was the fourth M50 Canadian relay record for Major Faucher. The other records were set in the 4 X 100m outdoor at the Americas Games in 2016, the 4 X 200m indoor at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in 2017, and the 4 X 800m outdoor set in Toronto in 2014.  This record was also a world record for two years (2014-16) before it was lowered by a team from Sweden.

March 11 brought more solid performances from both brothers. Chief Warrant Officer Faucher ran for the bronze in the 1500m with a time of 4:48.05 minutes. Three hours later, both brothers lined up for the 400m race, which was won by Major Faucher in 56.38 seconds – only 0.12 seconds ahead of second place in a thrilling finish. Chief Warrant Officer Faucher came in fourth, in 58.83 seconds – quite fast for someone who had just raced in the 1500m!

The Fauchers are now resting up before getting back to training in preparation for the next World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain, from September 4 to 16, 2018.

With files from Major Serge Faucher.

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