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Six of Canada’s fastest runners to race United Airlines NYC half

Wodak, Pidhoresky, Myrand, Middleton and DuChene are racing in New York City in three weeks' time

March 15 is the United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon and six of Canada’s fastest women are set to race. Natasha Wodak, Krista DuChene, Kinsey Middleton, Jen MorozMelanie Myrand and Dayna Pidhoresky will all be lining up.

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Photo: Maxine Gravina

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Canada is in the midst of a distance running renaissance that’s showing no signs of slowing down, and these women have played a major part in that. Wodak holds that fastest personal best of the Canadians. She ran a Canadian record in Houston a few weeks ago, becoming the first Canadian women to run under 1:10:00 for the half. Her record of 1:09:41 stood for three weeks before it was broken by Andrea Seccafien, the current record holder, by two seconds.

BC Cross-Country Championships
Photo: Joseph Camilleri

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DuChene is coming off her strongest year since 2015, running a 2:32:27 to win the master’s division at the 2019 Berlin Marathon. Middleton had a tough day at STWM in October but her 1:12:15 from Houston shows that she’s ready for a strong spring racing season. Myrand hasn’t put up a result since the World Championship marathon in Doha last September, so it’ll be interesting to see where she’s at. Her current personal best is a 1:15:50, a time she’ll likely lower.

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Pidhoresky hasn’t touched her half-marathon personal best since the Niagara Falls half-marathon in 2011. Her 1:11:46 is sure to get broken, especially considering her Olympic qualifying marathon from STWM.

Pidhoresky wins the 2019 Canadian Olympic Marathon Trials. Photo: Maxine Gravina

Elite women

Meseret Ali Basa – 1:15:06
Nuhamin Bogale Ashame – 1:13:08
Milly Clark – 1:10:48
Sinke Dessie Biyadgilgn – 1:12:20
Jessica Judd – Debut
Buze Diriba – 1:06:50
Krista Duchene – 1:10:52
Birtukan Fente Alemu – 1:11:11
Feyne Gudeto – 1:12:54
Belaynesh Fikadu – 1:12:45
Bose Gemeda Assefa – 1:16:52
Rebecca Gentry – 1:17:10
Alia Gray – 1:12:48
Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam – 1:12:34
Joyciline Jepkosgei – 1:04:51
Elvin Kibet – 1:11:37
Susan Krumins – 1:10:52
Askale Merachi – 1:09:34
Kinsey Middleton – 1:12:15
Maggie Montoya – 1:10:06
Jen Moroz – 1:18:29
Melanie Myrand – 1:15:50
Mary Ngugi – 1:06:29
Diane Nukuri – 1:09:12
Dayna Pidhoresky – 1:11:46
Beverly Ramos – 1:12:09
Karen Roa – 1:14:35
Caroline Rotich – 1:08:52
Lindsey Scherf – 1:11:45
Jessica Tonn – Debut
Steph Twell – 1:08:55
Natasha Wodak – 1:09:41
Alice Wright – 1:11:38

Elite men

Alvaro Luis Abreu – 1:07:53
Akira Akasaki – 1:01:46
Juan Luis Barrios – 1:00:46
Nicolas Cuestas – 1:03:34
Noah Droddy – 1:01:48
Mauricio Gonzalez – 1:02:34
Callum Hawkins – 1:00:00
Mo Hrezi – 1:02:11
Kennedy Kimutai – 1:00:39
Shadrack Kipchirchir – Debut
Hassan Mead – Debut
Teshome Mekonen – 1:00:02
Benard Ngeno – 59:07
David Nilsson – 1:02:05
Haruka Onodera – 1:02:03
John Raneri – 1:01:51
Stephen Scullion – 1:03:17
Stephen Sambu – 1:00:41
Pat Tiernan – 1:01:22
Belay Tilahun – 1:01:51
Seth Totten – 1:04:05
Tadese Yae Dabi – Debut
Diriba Degefa Yigezu – 1:03:23

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