Last summer, Natasha Woodak exceeded her expectations when she passed molten conditions to rank 13th. Women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics, to finish not far behind Malindi Elmore, her Canadian teammate, in ninth place. At the time, Woodak considered the prospect of her running it on the streets of Sapporo signifying the end of her career. I thought it might be the right moment to move on. She was a two-time Olympian, just a few months after turning 40. And her life in sports has been fulfilling.
But when Wudak shared her feelings for Elmore, her plans suddenly changed.
“No, we’ll try to do Paris,” Elmore told her, referring to the 2024 Olympics.
On Monday, Wodak, 40, and Elmore, 42, will be together again, on the starting line for the Boston Marathon. Their paths have intertwined for decades, dating back to when they were teenagers competing for high school championships in British Columbia. Now, they are two women who are proving, once again, that marathons of a more refined classic style can compete at the highest level.
In addition to competing for the title of Masters for runners over the age of 40, Woodack and Elmore expect to be in the mix between elites, and for good reason. A large number of – how do we put this? – more test Contestants have been doing big things lately. In January, 39-year-old Sarah Hall set an American record for the women’s half-marathon, while Kira D’Amato, a 37-year-old mother of two, broke the long-running American record in the women’s marathon, Both are in Houston. A few weeks later, Nick Willis, 38, ran A mile under four minutes for the 20th year in a rowbreaking his own record.
“I think there was a sense that there was a ‘better before’ date, and once you get to that age, you can move on — especially, in many cases, for women,” Elmore said. “But you don’t necessarily max out at any age. And if things are going well and you are doing well, why stop?”
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