Cam Levins is known for miles. Miles that he accumulates at a voracious rate; by the time the Canadian was running away from his competition talk was centered just as much around his wins as for his training log totals. The man ran up to four times a day, totals nearing the double centurions, and he, remarkably, was still fast.
Tracing back before all of those miles, Levins coupled running with basketball in high school, winning the 2006 Vancouver Island Cross Country Championships title. In 2007 he became the Vancouver Island Champion during track in the 1500m and 3000m events. Graduating, Levins signed with Southern Utah University.
Eventually winning the Canadian Cross Country Championships three times (2010-2012), as a senior Levins finished fourth at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Following up, at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships he placed third and fourth in the 3,000m and 5,000m events respectfully and set four school records along the way (800, mile, 3000m, 5000m).
Levins’s logbooks kept on filling up and by 2012 he claimed the NCAA Track Championship titles for both the 10,000m and 5,000m, a double that later garnered him the incredibly prestigious Bowerman Award.
His running career now soaring, Levins raced his way to Olympic Qualifying marks for both the 10,000m and 5,000m. Representing Canada at the 2012 London Olympics he placed 11th in the 10k and 14th in the 5k. He also holds the Canadian 2-mile record with an 8:14.69.
Coming home from London Levins continued his miles madness but knew he needed a change; a slight shift in volume-focus to retain future longevity and continue his progression. Levins thus turned to Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project to continue propelling his running forward. Already the shift is proving to be the right move as Levins won the 2013 Canadian National Championships in the 5,000m. Don’t get us wrong, he still runs plenty of miles, they’re all just faster now.
In 2015 at the Prefontaine Classic Cam set the Canadian National 10K Record running 27:07.51
800 Meter- 1:49.91
1,500 Meter- 3:36.88
3,000 Meter- 7:41.59
5,000 Meter- 13:15.19
10,000 Meter- 27:07.51