Lucy Smith

Professional Runner, Triathlete and Duathlete

Lucy Smith

Runner, Triathlete and Duathlete

Lucy Smith is a nineteen time Canadian champion in running, duathlon and triathlon. She is a two time World Duathlon Championships Silver Medallist and is one of Canada’s most versatile endurance athletes with unparalleled results over a wide range of distances and disciplines.

Since participating in her first fun run at age eleven, Lucy has developed her athletic career into a passionate full-time and life long pursuit of excellence that has been rewarded with countless podium finishes at international triathlon, duathlon and running competitions. Lucy has excelled over a range of events from track 5000m and 10,000m, 10k road, cross country running, bike time trial, duathlon, Olympic distance triathlon, ½ Ironman, ½ marathon, marathon, and Ironman triathlon.

Always a leader, she has been appointed captain of many national teams and began coaching in 1997. Lucy’s success over different disciplines means that she is now a widely recognized and respected athlete and personality in the athletic and personal wellness communities.

In the 2006 season, since returning from the birth of her second child Ross in 2005, Lucy won a second Silver Medal at the World Duathlon Championships, and added three more National wins to her resume: Canadian Duathlon Championships, Canadian 10k Championships and Canadian Half Marathon Championships. She also took on Ironman Canada, finishing in 8th place.

Lucy’s involvement in sport goes beyond training and racing. Lucy is now a nationally recognized sport leader and spokesperson:
  • Lucy coaches and mentors athletes (she worked with the 2006 World Junior Triathlon Champion).
  • As Board Member of Pacific Sport Victoria, Lucy represents a large portion of Canada’s Summer Olympians training in BC.
  • She is an enthusiastic and polished motivational speaker who regularly presents to the corporate world and the athletic community- Lucy did 22 engagements in 2006.
  • She writes on the topics of sport, training and sport- experience in major journals such as Cooking Light, HerSport, Impact, Inside Triathlon, Impact, Transitions, Triathlete, Australian Triathlete.

She balances this with parenting her two children Maia (7) and Ross (2). Through her dedication to excellence, teamwork, quality, personal best and life-fulfillment, Lucy continues to compete and find joy twenty years into her commitment to racing at the international level. This engaged experience in sport has allowed her to gain valuable insight into what sustains and motivates personal excellence.

Lucy trains at PacificSport in Victoria, British Columbia, and is coached by her husband, Olympic Gold Medal Triathlon coach Lance Watson.

Athletic Career Highlights

  • Silver Medallist, ITU Duathlon World Championships: 2006 and 1996
  • 6 Time Canadian 10K Road Running Champion: 2006, 2004, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995
  • 5 Time Canadian Cross-Country Champion: 1997, 1992, 1991, 1989, 1988
  • Canadian Long Distance Triathlon Champion: 2007
  • Canadian 10 000m Champion: 2004 Canadian Half Marathon Champion: 2006
  • 5 Time Canadian Duathlon Champion: 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1998

Personal Bests

  • 5km: 15:40
  • 10kM: 32:57
  • 1/2 marathon: 1:13
  • Marathon: 2:38


  • B.Ed. University of British Columbia (1997)
  • B.A. Dalhousie University, Halifax (1990)

Birthdate 27/04/67

2007 Highlights

Lucy turns 40 and jumps into competitive Masters running after 30 years in Sport

2nd Masters Woman New York City Marathon, NY, NY
4th ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships, Richmond, Virginia
1st Overall Times Colonist 10k, Victoria (6th win)
1st Masters Bloomsday 12k, Spokane WA
1st Masters at Nordion 10K, Ottawa
1st Masters Freihofer's 5k Run for Women, Albany New York
1st Desert Half Ironman, Canadian Long Distance Triathlon Championships
9th Pro Ironman Canada

2006 Highlights

3 Canadian Titles, World Championship Medal

Silver Medal, 2006 World Duathlon Championships. Cornerbrook, Newfoundland
1st - Canadian 10k Championships, Ottawa
1st - Canadian Half Marathon Championships, Edmonton (1:14:25)
8th Ironman Canada
1st - 6 wins at regional road races.
1st - Desert Half Ironman, Osoyoos
1st - Times Colonist 10k, Victoria (5th win)
1st - National Duathlon Championships, Hamilton (5th National Championship title)
2005 Highlights: Pregnancy break and birth of Ross

2004 Highlights

2 Canadian Titles, Ranked #1 in Canada for 10,000m

1st - Canadian 10k Road Championships, Ottawa: 32:52
1st - 10 000m Olympic Trials/National Champs 2004
4th - 5000m Olympic Trials 2004
2nd - Canadian Half Marathon Champ, Edmonton: 1:14
1st - Victoria Track international 5000: 16:02
Cardinal Invitational 10 000, Stanford U, CA: 32:46 (PB)
Yokohama International Road Relay, Team Canada
1st - Garden City 10K, Victoria: 33:45 (third consecutive win)
4th - Vancouver Sun Run 10k: 32:58