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.
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If you had told me this time last year that I would finish 2nd today at the Canadian 10km road race Championships I would have fallen down laughing. I was 8.5 months pregnant and had no plans to return to racing. It was so far off my radar that the concept literally didn’t exist. But over the last year I have been enjoying running again and doing them for different reasons than the past – but still kind of the same. A love of running, being part of an amazing community and seeing what my best now can be. But now I run free too because at the end of my day, what matters most to me is actually not my running. I suffered hard today and barely made it to the line before needing a break. You don’t know how fast you CAN run unless you try even if it really stings by the end 🙂 Thanks @ottawamarathon for a great race!
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.
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You know what’s awesome? Women who keep raising the bar and forcing you to expect the most from yourself too. Women who aren’t afraid to be fierce and competitive, while still being good sportswomen. Women who can be your best friends off the track and your rivals on the track. I am so fortunate to have had opportunities to meet so many wonderful and inspiring women! #internationalwomensday
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.