It's a long road from Lucknow, Ont. to Toyko.
Ahead of Julie-Anne Staehli women's 5000-metre race on Friday, here's what it looks like in her Bruce County, Ont. hometown.
"It's been a terrible couple of years, so to have something to celebrate is wonderful," said Lucknow's Chamber of Commerce vice president, Mary Ellen Pollard.
"I know she has run up and down a lot of these township roads for a long time, practicing and getting to where she is," said Pollard.
"Her dedication certainly is well-known around here."
To qualify for Canada's Olympic team, Staehli ran under the 15-minute mark in Portland, Ore., finishing at 14:57.50.
Staehli said the complications of the pandemic make the experience even more special. On top of training, she graduated last month from Western University in London, Ont., with a teaching degree.
Sixty hay bales, wrapped in green plastic, read "Good luck Julie Anne, Tokyo 2021, with you in spirit, Go J.A. go."