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Elmore, Hofbauer shine at 126th Boston Marathon

Malindi Elmore (left) and Trevor Hofbauer (right) both competed in their first Boston Marathon on Monday (Photos Credit: Boston Athletics Association/Photo Run)
Malindi Elmore (left) and Trevor Hofbauer (right) both competed in their first Boston Marathon on Monday (Photos Credit: Boston Athletics Association/Photo Run)

BOSTON – Two members of the UBC Okanagan Heat cross country program posted impressive results at the 2022 Boston Marathon on Monday as head coach Malindi Elmore and incoming men's recruit Trevor Hofbauer ran for the first time at the prestigious event.

Elmore finished 11th overall in the women's race, and second in her age category, after posting a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 58 seconds. Meanwhile, Hofbauer finished 15th in the men's race as he crossed the finish line in 2:10:52.

The two Tokyo 2020 Olympians both posted the best times ever by a Canadian runner in their respective competitions.

"Boston exceeded my expectations in so many ways," said Elmore, the current Canadian women's marathon record holder, following the race. "What a blast to run the lined streets of New England and whenever things felt tough, there was someone there to shout my name!"

"The Boston experience was phenomenal," stated Hofbauer. "From start to finish, the race course was lined with people, and at some points, my ears were ringing from all the noise. You don't get that anywhere else, especially for 42 kilometers from point to point. The Boston hype is definitely real."

Elmore, who finished ninth at the Olympics last summer, lowered her time from Tokyo by over three minutes, competing in conditions much more favourable for running. She would ultimately finish seven minutes behind Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya, who also won gold in Tokyo.

"It was a hard race for me and I felt the toll of the rollers early on but I was happy to stick to my race plan and finished the race strong, even with a kick to dip under 2:28," added Elmore.

As for Hofbauer, his time was a marked improvement from Tokyo as well. He lowered his Olympic time by nine minutes and after finishing 49th at the Summer Games, he finished just four minutes behind the eventual gold medalist from Kenya, Evans Chebet.

"The race went well and my training prepared me well for it," added Hofbauer. "Training in the Okanagan with all of the hills set me up for success and I am happy with how it all played out."

The Heat cross country program will return to action in September with Elmore guiding both the men's and women's teams while Hofbauer will prepare for his Canada West and U SPORTS debut.