Betsy Saina Wins Sydney Marathon

By Kyle Merber

September 20, 2023

This is your final reminder: do not forget about Betsy Saina when picking your fantasy Olympic Trials team. Everyone has an opinion about the potential of racing in the Orlando heat except you won’t hear the Sydney Marathon champion complain. Her win in 2:26:47 was an ideal tuneup and confidence builder for the type of race that might be expected come February.

As a metric, it does not have quite the precision of a thermometer, but 26 runners in the 17,000-person field were hospitalized due to heat-related conditions. Temperatures were in the mid-70s while Saina was running, though they inched north of 90ºF later that day. Combine her demonstrated prowess in the heat with the ability to run 2:21:40 – showcased earlier this year at the Tokyo Marathon – and Betsy should have good odds.

The Sydney Marathon continues to try and prove itself ready to be promoted to the next level of Operating Thetan to secure the status of World Major. Yet someone is trying to take down the effort as the Daily Mail is writing hit pieces about “massive queues at toilets” as if finding a bush to relieve oneself is a barrier runners are unwilling to cross.

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Kyle Merber

After hanging up his spikes – but never his running shoes – Kyle pivoted to the media side of things, where he shares his enthusiasm, insights, and experiences with subscribers of The Lap Count newsletter, as well as viewers of CITIUS MAG live shows.