KELOWNA, B.C. – Two members of the UBC Okanagan Heat cross country team are set to compete against the best in the world at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games over the course of the next two and a half weeks.
Cross country head coach Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, B.C., along with incoming women's team transfer Joanna Brown of Carp, Ont., will be proudly wearing the red and white as they race in the women's marathon and women's triathlon events respectively.
"We are thrilled for both Malindi and Joanna to be representing both Canada and the Heat in Tokyo," commented UBCO Athletic Director Tom Huisman. "The Olympics represent the pinnacle of each of their sports and we can't wait to cheer them on from afar."
Elmore, who is the Canadian record holder for the women's marathon with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 50 seconds, will compete in her event on Friday, August 6 at 3 p.m. PT. It will mark the second time that Elmore has competed at the Olympics after running the 1500m at the 2004 Games in Greece.
"Being back at the Olympics 17 years later is an immense honour and I can't honestly believe I'll be back there doing what I love to do," said Elmore prior to leaving for Tokyo. "I never thought I'd be running a marathon, this is such a surprise that I've turned into a distance runner, but I love the fact that I get a second chance to go out there and see what I can do at the Olympics."
Finally!!!!!— Malindi Elmore (she/her) (@MalindiElmore) July 22, 2021
Packed lots of stuff?including special dose of patience for an expected long travel day :
Meanwhile, Brown, an incoming transfer from the University of Guelph, is competing in her first Olympic Games. She will be one of two Canadians competing in the women's triathlon which is set to be held on Monday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m. PT. She will also race as part of the team mixed relay on Friday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. PT.
UBCO Heat Athletics and the cross country team are in the process of confirming a watch party for the women's marathon. Stay tuned to goheat.ca and the @UBCOHeat social media channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more information as it becomes available.