Rob Watson recorded his personal best marathon time of 2:13:29 in finishing sixth at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October 2013. Remarkably, that was his fourth marathon of the year, after finishing 11th at the Boston Marathon, winning the Canadian marathon national title, and competing in his first world championship marathon in Moscow, where he finished 20th. Watson finished second at the 2014 Canadian Marathon Championships. He began his running career on the track as a steeplechaser, making the final at the 2007 NCAA Championships while attending Colorado State University. After competing at the 2009 IAAF World Championships, he decided to move up to the marathon and entered his first one in Houston in 2011.
Family: Hails from a running family that includes his brother Pete who has been his coach since 2012… His father ran nine marathons and his mother was good on the track… Getting into the Sport: Started running track in grade 11… Became a steeplechaser in his OAC year (grade 13)… Ran his first marathon in 2011… Outside Interests: Earned his Bachelor degree in history at Colorado State University… Has his own running podcast called The Rob Watson Show…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
IAAF WCh: 2013 – 20th (marathon); 2009 – 31st (3000m steeplechase)