Liz Borrett repeats age group win at Boston Marathon

Kelowna runner, 76, among eight locals to compete in prestigious marathon

For the second year in a row, Liz Borrett was an age group winner at the Boston Marathon.

On Monday, the 76-year-old Kelowna Running Club member ran to victory in the women’s 75 to 79 division in four hours 26 minutes 36 seconds.

Last year, Borrett completed the run in 4:22:35.

The fastest Kelowna runner on Monday in Boston was Louise Araujo, 20, who finished in 3:44:35.

Harvey Beselt, 66, clocked in at 4:07:48.

Becky Williams, 56, in her first appearance in Boston, finished in 4:21:26.

Astrid Varga, 64, placed 139th in her age group in 4:22:58.

Helen Handcock, 65, was 35th in the women’s 65-69 category in 4:35:35.

Sandy Wike, 60, finished in 4:39:09, while Charlotte Heidt, 61, crossed the line in 4:43:20.

Borrett, Williams, Varga, Wike and Heidt are all in California this week preparing for their second marathon in six days.

The five will run in the Big Sur Challenge on Sunday in Carmel, CA.

Oliver 10 K…

Olympic super couple Graham Hood and Malindi Elmore showed the way at the latest event on the Interior Running Association series.

The Kelowna spouses finished 1-2 at the Oliver 10 K on April 12.

Hood won in 35:20, while Elmore was by his side for a close second in 35:21.

Hood competed in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics Games, while Elmore ran at the 2004 games in Athens.

Kelowna’s Cailin Libby was third in 35:40, while John Machuga took fourth in 35:52.

Other age group winners from Kelowna were Gary Wade, Kris Malczynski, Roly Muller, Cindy Rhodes, Rosalie Swart, Kendall Cowley, Diane Leonard, Ty Wensley and Liz Borrett.

Next up on the IRA series is the Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday, May 10 in Naramata.



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