Canadian women smashing distance records and taking names in Houston
In back-to-back races, two Canadian women broke the half-marathon and marathon records while competing at the Chevron Houston Marathon on the weekend.
First up, Natasha Wodak, 38, who clocked a stunning 1:09:41 in the half marathon smashing the record for Canadian women and becoming the first to break 70 minutes.
One impressive performance was followed by another as Malindi Elmore broke the record for the full marathon with a time of 2:24:50, finishing third place in the race.
The 39-year-old runner is now bound for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics alongside Dayna Pidhoresky who qualified and also broke the previous marathon record last fall at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
On a social media note, Elmore said she was inspired by the number of talented women competing in Canada right now.
"So awesome to be greeted at the line by so many of my Canadian running friends, including @tashawodak who broke the Canadian half marathon record today - and who is someone I raced against 20+ years ago in high school!! full circle!" she wrote.
Needless to say, there was plenty of congratulations sent to the Canadian runners after such an epic day taking part in an extremely competitive marathon, which some have called, at least regarding the half-marathon, the most competitive ever on U.S. soil.
Other Canadians at the race also had big days with Rory Linkletter running 61:43 in the half, followed by Cam Levins at 62:14. On the women's side, Rae Cliff ran 70:13 in the half, followed by Emily Setlack at 71:40 and Kinsey Middleton at 71:48.
Congrats to all.