Reid Coolsaet (born July 29, 1979 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian long-distance runner who competes in the marathon. He is a University of Guelph alumni, having competed as a Gryphon during his time there.[1]

He made his first international appearances for Canada at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, running at the annual in 2002 and then 2004–2006.[2] He won the 5000 meters at the NACAC U-25 Championships in 2002.[3] On the track, he won the silver medal over 5000 meters at the 2005 Summer Universiade then represented his country at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics.[4] He came thirteenth in the same event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He is also a four-time national champion in the 5000 meters (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007).[2]

Coolsaet moved up to the marathon distance for the first time in 2009 and came eighth in a time of 2:17:10 hours, taking the national title as the first Canadian home.[5] He went on to make his international debut in the event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and finished in 25th place.[2] He returned to the Toronto race the following year and knocked over five minutes off his personal best, recording a time of 2:11:22 hours for tenth place.[6] In 2011, he ran the second-fastest marathon by a Canadian athlete, finishing third in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2011, with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 55 seconds. This time qualified him for the 2012 London Olympics, along with fellow Canadian Eric Gillis, in which he placed 27th.[7]


  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Coolsaet Reid. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  3. NACAC Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  4. World Student Games (Men). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  5. Gains, Paul (2009-05-24). Champions successfully defend Ottawa Marathon titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  6. Gains, Paul (2010-09-26). Mungara and Cherop take Toronto Marathon titles as Canadian All-Comers records tumble. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-18.
  7. Gains, Paul (2011-10-16). Mungara claims fourth Toronto Marathon title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.

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