Rachel Hannah’s love for running developed about an hour north of Toronto in Barrie, Ontario, where she grew up. It all began on a 200 meter gravel track in fourth grade, where she and her classmates counted laps with popsicle sticks they had decorated, until they had run the equivalent of a trip around the world.
Twenty years later, she’s a graduate of Georgia State where she ran D1 cross-country and track, a Canadian national champion, and a registered dietician. In 2015 she ran her marathon debut, finishing in 2:33:30. She’s settled into a new hometown, Toronto, where she trains with New Balance Canada to represent her country in races like Monday’s Boston Marathon. There, Rachel was the only Canadian running in the elite field and she finished in 2:41:22, 23rd woman overall.
Rachel is someone who’s long inspired me and I’m pretty sure she’ll inspire you too.