Every stride is pure agony for Paul Osland. He awkwardly stum- bles around the track in his leg of the 4x 400m relay at the 2011 world
masters track and field championships in Sacramento, California. It’s the result of a torn Achilles tendon suffered earlier in the meet. Osland completes his laborious lap, and then watches his friend and teammate Mike Sherar run a blistering anchor leg to secure the bronze medal for Canada.
Winning medals at the world champion- ships is nothing new for the 48-year-olds Osland and Sherar, two of Canada’s finest masters-aged runners. For the last 25 years, they have been working together as high-performance training partners. Two years ago, they began collaborating on a new venture, forming a group affiliated with the University of Toronto Track Club (ut tc), sharing some of their vast knowl- edge, experience and passion for track with other motivated masters. As a result of their efforts, 15 other ut tc athletes also competed at last year’s worlds.
Continue reading Jay Brecher’s article on the UTTC Masters group in the latest edition of Canadian Runner.
Group photo courtesy James Ramsay