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Kinsey Middleton wins the Canadian Marathon Championships in debut run

October 21st, 2018 by Madeline Kelly of Canadian Running

Canadian women are on fire. Kinsey Middleton ran her first marathon today, and took the national title and the win in 2:32:09. Post-race Middleton said, “It’s amazing what is happening in the women’s marathon in Canada right now. I’m totally here for it.”

Middleton wanted to run a 2:32 and knew that around halfway that she was on pace, but said it felt difficult. She joked afterwards that, “Halfway comes a lot later than the actual halfway point.”

The marathoner said the hardest part of the race, for her, was the last 500 metres. “In the marathon you feel good, and then you don’t feel good, and then you feel good again. It’s about realizing that when you don’t feel good it’s not the end–it ebbs and flows.”

Emma Bates Breaks Through at USATF Marathon Champs

December 5th, 2018 by Jeff Hollobaugh of Track & Field News

Sacramento, California, December 02—“I know that what we’re doing is the right thing for me,” said Emma Bates in explaining why she was so confident she would win the California International Marathon in her debut at the 26-mile distance.

After going out fast—she led by 83 seconds at halfway—Bates encountered problems in the later stages. “I couldn’t keep any of the fluids down,” she said. “I think I just overdid it. I’m happy that I was able to pull things together and keep everything down and keep going at a pretty good clip. I went out a little too aggressive. At the end of the day, I’m happy with how I ran. I ran tough. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

Bates crossed the line in 2:28:18, a time that makes her No. 8 among U.S. débutantes, right behind Molly Huddle’s 2:28:13. She finished more than a minute ahead of Stephanie Bruce’s PR 2:29:21