Two marathoners embrace at the finish line of the 2022 World Athletics Championships.AP Photo/Gregory Bull
AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Cameron Levins


Cameron Levins’ marathon debut was one to remember. In October 2018 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon he broke the 43-year-old Canadian men’s marathon record of 2:10:09 held by Jerome Drayton, replacing it with his mark of 2:09:25 as he finished fourth overall and was crowned national champion.

He then had three missed attempts to achieve the Olympic entry standard of 2:11:30 for Tokyo 2020, including at the 2019 Toronto Waterfront Marathon where he went out hard with the lead pack but then struggled in the last 10 kilometres and finished as the number three Canadian. With just a week before the qualification window closed, he ran 2:10:13 at the S7 Marathon in Austria in late May 2021 to secure his return ticket to the Olympic Games.

In 2022, Levins competed at the World Athletics Championships for the first time since 2015. In his first world championship marathon, he placed fourth for Canada’s best ever world championship result in the event. He also took more than two minutes off his national record time, finishing in 2:07:09.

Levins lowered the Canadian marathon record for a third time in March 2023 when he ran 2:05:36 to finish fifth at the Tokyo Marathon. That result qualified him to compete at Paris 2024. It came a month after he broke the Canadian record in the half marathon, running 1:00:18 in Vancouver.

Levins had made his Olympic debut at London 2012 where he became the first Canadian man to make the 5000m final since 1968 and posted Canada’s best result in the men’s 10,000m since 1932. In January 2014 he set the Canadian indoor 5000m record at 13:19.2 and followed that in May 2015 with a Canadian outdoor 10,000m record of 27:07.51. He captured bronze in the 10,000m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, a year after competing at his first outdoor World Athletics Championships. He also competed at the World Athletics Championships in 2015 as well as the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

In 2016, Levins suffered a devastating ankle injury and did not qualify on the track for the Olympic Games in Rio. He decided to change his entire training regimen to focus on becoming an elite marathoner.

Levins raced collegiately at Southern Utah University, where as a senior he won the NCAA title in the 5000m and 10,000m. He was named the 2012 Bowerman Award winner, making him the first Canadian to win the NCAA honour for Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

A Little More About Cameron

Getting into the Sport: Started running track in grade 2… He was naturally good at it and, like most people, he wanted to be part of something he could thrive at… His older brother was also a runner and he wanted to do whatever he did… Outside Interests: Graduated from Southern Utah University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with emphasis on Exercise Science… Enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies/television…Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “If it was easy, everyone would do it”… Role models are Terry Fox, because of his endless dedication to what he believed in, and Bernard Lagat, because he is the perfect example of how an athlete can just represent him/herself and the sport of athletics, along with his incredible accomplishments… Nickname: Cam…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
London 2012Athletics10,000m - Men11
London 2012Athletics5,000m - Men14
Tokyo 2020AthleticsMarathon - Men72

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 71st (marathon); 2012 – 11th (10,000m), 14th (5000m)

Pan American Games: 2015 – 5th (5000m)

Commonwealth Games: 2014 – BRONZE (10,000m)

World Athletics Championships: 2022 – 4th (marathon); 2015 – 9th in heat (5000m), 14th (10,000m); 2013 – 14th (10,000m)

Marathons: 2023 – 5th (Tokyo), DNF (Ottawa), DNF (New York); 2021 – 1st (S7 Marathon); 2020 – DNF (London), 15th (The Marathon Project); 2019 – 12th (Toronto Waterfront); 2018 – 4th (Toronto Waterfront)

World Athletics Indoor Championships: 2016 – 6th in heat (3000m); 2014 – 8th (3000m)

IAAF World Half Marathon Championships: 2018 – 30th

IAAF World Cross Country Championships: 2013 – 41st2011 – 56th