Dylan Wykes

  • Co-Founder & Coach
  • Marathoners
  • Not Accepting Athletes
  • Ottawa, CA

Dylan is one of the most successful marathon runners in Canada. He was a member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team,  finishing 20th in the marathon. Dylan recently made the move to Ottawa with his wife, Francine, and two young daughters.

Career Highlights

  • 20th – 2012 London Olympic Games (2:15:26)
  • 6th – 2012 Rotterdam Marathon (2:10:47)
  • 2010 California International Marathon Champion (2:12:39)
  • Multiple time Canadian medalist at distances from 5,000m on the track to Cross-Country

Lifetime PBs

  • Marathon 2:10:47Rotterdam, 2012
  • Half-Marathon 1:02:14NYC, 2011
  • 10,000m 28:12.82Stanford, 2011
  • 5,000m 13:43Eugene, 2011

Coaching Philosophy?

Being patient and enjoying the moment are two big takeaways that I try to apply with my athletes. As an athlete, I was terrible at both. I put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve some pretty lofty goals in my career. If I could do it again I’d take more time to step back and appreciate the process. Helping people set goals and breaking it down into realistic steps is how I try to set people up to approach things patiently.

Favourite race distance and why?

The half-marathon is my favourite race distance. You might be surprised I didn’t say the marathon! But the marathon is too big a beast, the training is too tough and the recovery after racing is rough. I never raced a marathon where at some point during the race I didn’t think “why the F*ck am I doing this”.
The half marathon is a distance that is still a very good test of endurance but doesn’t require the same amount of training volume as the marathon. And you can race half’s much more frequently. I wish it was a race distance at more major championships (Olympics and Worlds).

Most memorable coaching moment?

The first group I coached in Vancouver met at 6:00 am down by Jericho Beach Park. They ran around a 1.3k road loop we called Locarno loop. Being told off by a city worker, when I tried to stop traffic during a workout.

Favourite post-workout treat or go-to place?

When I trained in Flagstaff I loved to go to this diner called Brandy’s to devour Swedish Oat Pancakes. They were delicious, but also massive and the waitress always doubted me when I ordered two. No one should doubt my pancake eating abilities.

Favourite running podcast, website, books, videos, or blog?

The Morning Shakeout

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Training

Running on the Treadmill

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