Many Canadian distance runners made their solution to Texas this previous weekend for the 2024 Chevron Houston Marathon. Probably the greatest performances got here from Calgary masters runner Maria Zambrano, who positioned twentieth general in a brand new Canadian W50+ masters report of two:44:34.
Zambrano, 53, shattered her earlier finest of two:46:14 from the 2022 TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon by practically two minutes. Her earlier PB additionally stood because the Canadian report for the W50-54 age group.
It was an unbelievable run for the 53-year-old Zambrano, who was the fourth Canadian lady to cross the end line. She additionally received the ladies’s 50-54 age class by 12 minutes.
Tatyana Pozdniakova of Ukraine holds the world report for the W50-54 age group. She clocked an distinctive 2:31:05 at age 50 on the 2005 L.A. Marathon.
Zambrano has two Canadian data to her identify. She additionally holds the masters half-marathon mark of 1:16:57 for the W50-54 age group. In a 2022 interview, Zambrano mentioned her mantra for operating nicely into her 50s was the motivation to encourage different ladies her age. “I feel there’s no secret. It’s simply doing the coaching and being constant and desirous to do it,” she mentioned.
Zambrano was one in every of 4 Canadian ladies within the prime 20 in Houston. Leslie Sexton of Markham, Ont., was the highest Canadian finisher, operating to a private finest of two:28:14 for eighth place. Canadian marathon report holder Natasha Wodak was the second lady to cross the end line, following Sexton for ninth in 2:28:42. In her return to the gap, 2016 Olympian Lanni Marchant positioned fifteenth in 2:38:32.
You may view the total outcomes from the 2024 Chevron Houston Marathon right here.