Sunday morning was a fast one in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the Canadian half-marathon championships. Both winners, Malindi Elmore and Tristan Woodfine, took huge chunks of time off of their personal bests and secured a championship medal.
Elmore won decisively in a 1:11:06 ahead of Dayna Pidhoresky in 1:14:03 and Robyn Mildren in 1:15:33. Elmore has certaintly returned to elite running in full force. She debuted the marathon at Houston in January, running one of the fastest marathon debuts in Canadian history.
Elmore competed for Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2011 Pan Am Games. She was a 1,500m specialist who ran one of the fastest times ever by a Canadian woman, at 4:02.64. After retiring from professional running in 2012, Elmore describes struggling with the sport and being unsure about her future in running. But since returning in early 2019, she’s done very well for herself, the half-marathon championship just one of her impressive results in the last six months. Her time on Sunday was under a minute off the Canadian half-marathon record held by Rachel Cliff.
Woodfine also had a great race on Sunday, finishing in 1:04:44 ahead of Thomas Toth in 1:05:27 and Chris Balestrini in 1:05:54. That time takes just under a minute off of his personal best.
Like Elmore, Woodfine also had a great race in Houston taking three minutes off of his marathon personal best and finishing as the top Canadian. His time from that race, 2:15:19, ranks him the third-fastest Canadian over the marathon distance for 2019.
Complete results from the event can be found here.