With huge power-moves from both athletes, Trevor Hofbauer and Dayna Pidhoresky have won the Canadian Marathon Championships.
Hofbauer wins Canadian Marathon Trials
Hofbauer of Calgary, Alberta, won in a time of 2:09:51, cutting seven minutes from his personal best of 2:16:48, run in Hamburg, Germany. Showing immense perseverance, Hofbauer pushed hard around 30 kilometres into the race, dropping Canadian champion and last year’s winner, Cam Levins.
“My training going into this was absolutely perfectly,” Hofbauer said to finish line interviewer Kate Van Buskirk. Not wearing a watch, Hofbauer ran the race by feel. His time and first place finish will qualify him to race in Tokyo next year. He was followed by Tristan Woodfine in 2:13:16, and Cam Levins in 2:15:01.
“I wanted to do this for everybody back home,” Hofbauer said.
Pidhoresky wins Canadian Marathon Trials
In another remarkable effort, Pidhoresky also cut seven minutes from her personal best, winning the trials in 2:29:03. She pushed early, leading the Canadian women by 15 kilometres into the race, dropping last year’s champion Kinsey Middleton.
Pidhoresky’s time and place will qualify her to run in Tokyo next year. She was followed closely by Emily Setlack who also ran a major personal best of 2:29:48, just missing the qualifying standard for Tokyo, and Kinsey Middleton in third with a 2:34:36 finish.
“I feel like I’ve had that in me for years,” Pidhoresky said.
We’re excited to follow both athletes on the next part of their #RoadtoTokyo journeys.
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