8 August 1983 |
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
|College team||University of Wisconsin|
Simon Bairu (born 8 August 1983) is a Canadian long-distance runner born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to an Ethiopian father and an Eritrean mother. After a short stint in Athens, Greece, he moved with his family to Canada at the age of three and was raised in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Simon attended Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, where he flourished at the provincial and national level running scene. Bairu attended the University of Wisconsin, where he was guided by his current coach, Jerry Schumacher, to two NCAA cross-country titles amongst his many running accolades.
Bairu currently trains out of Portland, Oregon, with coach Schumacher as well as Wisconsin teammates Chris Solinsky, Matt Tegenkamp and Tim Nelson. He had a 12th place finish at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and set a 10,000 m Canadian national record of 27:23.63 minutes in Stanford that year.
|Track||3000 m||7:49.20||Gent, Belgium||7 July 2007|
|5000 m||13:25.91||Heusden-Zolder, Belgium||28 July 2007|
|10,000 m||27:23.63||Palo Alto, USA||1 May 2010|
|Road||10 km||28:30||Ottawa, Canada||26 May 2007|
|Half marathon||1:02:08||Philadelphia, USA||19 September 2010|
- All information taken from IAAF profile.
- "The Official Website of Simon Bairu". SimonBairu.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- Flanagan, with sights on London qualification, runs 1:09:58 in Miami Beach. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-16.
- Simon Bairu Wins Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon Added 2012-10-07