Sasha Gollish

Sasha Gollish (born December 27, 1981) is a Canadian competitive runner.[3] She won a gold medal in the half-marathon at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, a bronze medal in the 1500 m at the 2015 Pan American Games, and gold medals at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in the 800m, 1,500m, and 5,000m events.

Sasha Gollish
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Gollish at the 2018 Berlin Marathon
Personal information
National teamCanada
Born (1981-12-27) December 27, 1981 (age 38)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
EducationBachelor of Engineering (University of Western Ontario); B.A. in Economics, Masters of Engineering, and PhD candidate in Civil Engineering Education (University of Toronto).
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
University teamUniversity of Toronto Varsity Blues[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 600m 1:36.52 (2011)
  • 600m ind. 1:29.71 (2015)
  • 800m 2:02.90 (2015)
  • 1000m ind. 2:40.99 (2017)
  • 1500m 4:07.08 (2015)
  • 1500m ind. 4:18.75 (2015)
  • Mile 4:32.87 (2017)
  • Mile ind. 4:52.88 (2002)
  • 3000m 9:00.42 (2016)
  • 3000m ind. 9:11.09 (2017)
  • 5000m 15:24.12 (2017)
  • 3000mSC 11:10.74 (2002)
  • 5 km Road 16:10 (2016)
  • Half Marathon 1:11:05 (2016)
  • Marathon 3:18:48 (unofficial) (2018)
  • 4x800m ind. 8:32.36 (2015)[2]
Updated on 5 July 2017.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Gollish was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dr. Jeffrey Gollish and Dr. Patricia Houston.[3] She has younger siblings Tara and Joey.[3]

For high school she attended York Mills Collegiate Institute.[1] She has a B.A. in Economics (University of Toronto), a Bachelor of Engineering (University of Western Ontario), and a Masters of Engineering (U of T), and is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering Education (U of T) where she is researching the best way to teach engineering students to use math.[3][4][5][6]

She works as an engineering consultant.[3] Gollish is a civil engineer, with a focus on road safety.[4] She is also a competitive cyclist, duathlete, triathlete, and ultimate frisbee player.[3]

Running careerEdit

Gollish began running seriously at 30 years of age.[7] She has run for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.[1]

She won the half-marathon at the 2013 Maccabiah Games.[3] Gollish won the Sporting Life 10K in Toronto with a time of 35:58.[8]

Gollish finished fifth in the 1500m at the 2014 Canadian Track and Field Championships.[3][4] She won the Sporting Life 10K in Toronto with a time of 34:19.[9]

At the 2015 Pan American Games, competing for Team Canada, Gollish won a bronze medal in the Women's 1500m with a time of 4:10.11.[3][10] She was named 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Female Athlete of the Year (track events) for her performance at the CIS Championships, winning three gold medals in the 1000m, 3000m, and 4 × 800 m relay events and two silver medals in the 600m and 1500m events, the most individual medals ever won by a distance athlete.[3][11][12][12] In November 2015 she was named one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.[13]

In November 2016 she won the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Half-Marathon with a time of 1:11:07, setting a new course record.[11] Later that month Gollish won the senior women's 10K at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Kingston, Ontario, at Fort Henry.[14]

In March 2017, Gollish won the senior women's 8K with a time of 26:48 at the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross-Country Championships in Boca Raton, Florida.[15] In June 2017 she won the women's 5000m in 15:24.12 at the Stumptown Twilight track meet at Lewis & Clark College.[16]

Gollish won gold medals in the 800m, 1,500m, and 5,000m events at the 2017 Maccabiah Games, and received the Female Athlete of the Games award from Israeli supermodel closing event host Bar Refaeli.[17]

On July 11, 2018 Sasha completed the marathon distance in a training run in a respectable 3:18:48. Her debut marathon would be in Berlin in September of the same year. Unfortunately, she was forced to DNF after a car horn caused her to go anaerobic, an occurrence which she was never able to recover from. She was dragged off the course in full-body rigour by paramedics at 31km and brought to the hospital[18].

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Sasha Gollish - 2015 Women's Cross Country," University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Sasha Gollish". 3 July 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "How a Pan Am runner used her PhD program to train her body and mind," The Globe and Mail.
  5. ^ "Getting to know Sasha Gollish,", Canadian Running Magazine.
  6. ^ "Sasha Gollish teaches alumni a lesson in persevering on and off the track", U of T Engineering News.
  7. ^ "Sasha Gollish looks to end season on a high note," Canadian Running Magazine.
  8. ^ "Thousands take part in run to help kids with cancer,"
  9. ^ "Top 5 reasons to run the Sporting Life 10K," Canadian Running Magazine.
  10. ^ "Jasmin Glaesser Wins Gold Medal In Pan Am Games Women's Road Race", Huffington Post.
  11. ^ a b "Sasha Gollish wins Indianapolis Monumental Half, breaks course record," Canadian Running Magazine.
  12. ^ a b "Distance runner Sasha Gollish, 33, recognized as Athlete of the Year", City Centre Mirror.
  13. ^ "Sasha Gollish honoured as one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians," U of T Engineering News.
  14. ^ "Highlights from the 2016 Canadian Cross-Country Championships," Canadian Running Magazine.
  15. ^ "Canadian trio win at 2017 NACAC Cross-Country Championships," Canadian Running Magazine.
  16. ^ "Stumptown Twilight: Galen Rupp gets his tune-up race, Travis Burkstrand gets the standard," The Oregonian.
  17. ^ "Canada wraps up Maccabiah games with 50 medals - The Canadian Jewish News". 21 July 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  18. ^

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