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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Kelowna-based Olympians Training for Boston – Vernon Morning Star

Two Canadian Olympians train for the prestigious Boston Marathon on their way to Kelowna.

Malindi Elmore and Trevor Hoffbauer have been named to the elite start list of the fastest Boston Marathon starts in history, according to a Boston Athletic Association press release on January 11 and 15.

April. The 18 races mark the 50th anniversary of the first official women’s field and the 126th year of the Boston Marathon.

Elmore is Canada’s top female marathoner and has coached some of Canada’s strongest cross country athletes. She coaches the UBC Okanagan cross country team and led the women to a strong showing at the national championships this fall.

Elmore says that coaching the team has been a great source of inspiration for him. She draws inspiration from her athletes who work hard to stay fit in the face of canceled competitions and bad weather. Elmore and his athletes share the spirit and patience of training in practice. Elmore runs with the girls on the team whenever possible. She runs for 170km, alternating between her favorite local running spots, including the Rail Trail, Mission Creek Greenway, Applebowl Stadium, and Treadmill.

Elmore also shared runs with Canadian Olympian Trevor Hoffbauer, who recently moved to Peachland.

Hoffbauer moved to the Okanagan in November and said he enjoys running on the hilly and quiet roads around his home. He is starting the first week of his marathon training segment.

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“I am ready to give my all in the most prestigious race in the world,” Hoffbauer said.

He’ll line up the spring marathon with stalwarts like three-time Olympic gold medalist Bekele, reining Boston champion Benson Kipruto, and course record holder and five-time Boston champion, Marcel Haug.

Both athletes said they are excited and grateful for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Boston Marathon.

Canada’s top women’s marathoner will run alongside Olympic gold medalist Jepchirchir, Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel of the United States, as well as Boston Marathon champions Edna Kiplagat (2017) and Des Linden (2018).

Elmore holds the Canadian marathon record with an impressive personal best of 2:24:50. He represented Canada in the marathon at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Runners in Kelowna should be warned that their Strava segments are at risk of being snatched by these two Olympians who will put serious advantages on local routes.

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