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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, unless you mess with a runner’s race.
Trevor Hofbauer ran the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The lead vehicle driver went off course for a short period of time, leading runners astray.
So, a few of the lead athletes ran a short course clocking in massive new personal bests. Hofbauer finish in 59:54. The 30-year-old Kelowna, BC resident owns a best of 64:30. He is due to run faster at some point, as he owns a marathon best of 2:09:51, which is performance wise much better. He is the second fastest Canadian all-time, but 59:54 isn’t in the cards yet. The national record is 60:18 by Cameron Levins.
Hofbauer’s race ended up being nearly a kilometre short. Perhaps he would have run a one minute personal best. He will have to wait to run another half marathon to find out. Where that will be is anyone’s guess as he is competing for the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat at this time — outdoor track season awaits.
At least the Heat’s coach Malindi Elmore (also the second fastest Canadian marathon runner all time) knows that he is in shape, as he won the race. The “Hof” finished 13 seconds in front of American Reid Buchanan (60:07) and Dennis Kipkosgei who crossed the finish line in the time of 60:24. Fellow Canadian Justin Kent clocked a 61:40 to take fifth.