Running a sub-4 mile for men or a sub-4:30 mile for women is no easy feat. But what if you found out that there’s a list of 25 married couples where both partners have broken (or come very close to breaking) those barriers?
Two Canadian couples who cracked the top 10. Malindi Elmore and Graham Hood are ranked seventh. Elmore represented Canada at 2004 Olympics and has a mile personal best of 4:30.70 from 2009. Elmore is a Stanford alumna, who was born and raised in Kelowna, B.C. She’s a 12-time Canadian national medallist.
Her husband, Hood, is also a former Canadian Olympian. He represented Canada in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, where he ran the 1,500m. His mile personal best is 3:51.55, from 1997.
In ninth place are Lynn and Paul Williams. Lynn Kanuka (during her running years she went by Lynn Williams) won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in 1984 in the women’s 3,000m. The Regina born-runner, who now resides in the Greater Vancouver Area, still holds the women’s 1,500m national record of 4:00.27, set in 1985. Her then-husband Paul Williams was also an accomplished runner, having represented Canada at three consecutive Games from 1984 to 1992. His mile personal best is 3:58.60.
An honourable mention goes to Kurt Benninger, who’s Canadian but married to American half-marathon record holder Molly Huddle. Huddle is running the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday. Benninger is a six-time University of Notre Dame All-American.