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Bos fastest ultra woman in Canada
Kelowna's Melanie Bos has turned an interest in long distance running into a passion that has her among the best ultra distance runners in the world.
And Bos isn't going to rest on her laurels after finishing as the fastest Canadian woman and the eighth fastest woman in the world at the International Association of Ultra Runners World Championships earlier this month in Ireland.
"I got into (running ultras) because it wasn't really mainstream. I had done marathons before but I thought running on trails you get to see more of the scenery and it was a different challenge for me," said Bos. "This year things have come together for me. I got a sponsorship offer that made things easier for me. All these things are coming together. It feels like its my time to go with it and see where it goes."
An ultra race is defined as anything longer than the traditional marathon with the most common distances being 50 and 100 kilometres as well as 50 and 100 mile runs. Mostly they are competed on trails.
In Ireland, Bos was one of eight members of Team Canada with the event covering 70 kilometres through muddy conditions featuring lots of steep climbs.
As the race progressed Bos found herself passing more and more runners as she cracked into the top 10 females.
"I was really surprised," she admitted. "We would go through aid stations and people were telling me where I was and I was thinking 'I shouldn't be up here.' For most of it I was enjoying the race, I was in a good place. I was really happy with how I finished and my placement. It was a really great experience to be out there with that calibre of runners."
Also on the trip was Bos' family, including her husband Kevin, a physiotherapist who worked with all of the Team Canada runners at the championship.
Bos is now changing her focus in training to running on the road as she gets set for another world championship race, this time in Holland and on pavement. That race will be Sept. 10.
In the coming years Bos says she is aiming at the longest of the ultras and wants to complete a 100 mile run.
"It's a long process to get ready to race 100 miles," she said. "You really have to get your head around it but I think I'm getting there."