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Whitehorse resident Gemma Hosford qualifies for the 2024 Boston Marathon

Two Yukoners will compete within the 2024 Boston Marathon.

Chris Lotsbom, race communications and media director of the Boston Athletic Affiliation, confirmed the Yukon numbers.

Gemma Hosford of Whitehorse and Peter Mpala of Carcross are the 2 Yukoners collaborating within the 128th version of the race on April 15, 2024.

Lotsbom mentioned the 2 Yukoners are amongst 1,714 Canadian residents within the marathon. He mentioned despite the fact that qualifier registration has ended, athletes will proceed to enter the race over the approaching months by the use of invitational entries, together with runners elevating cash for charities.

A complete of 33,058 qualifier functions had been acquired. Of these, 22,019 certified candidates have been accepted or are within the strategy of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying efficiency.

Potential runners want to fulfill the qualifying time necessities by taking part in different lengthy distance races or marathons, and all qualifying occasions are topic to assessment and verification. The qualifying time for males between the ages of 18 and 34 is three hours, whereas for ladies and non-binary individuals of the identical age have a qualifying time of three hours, half-hour.

Hosford and Mpala met their required qualifying occasions at 3:16:09 and a pair of:48:14 respectively. Hosford ran the 2022 Royal Victoria Marathon to fulfill the qualifying time whereas Mpala met his throughout the BMO Vancouver Marathon this yr.

Hosford mentioned it feels thrilling and overwhelming on the identical time.

“It’s a extremely big milestone in my working world,” she mentioned. “It’s one thing you consider that hopefully you’ll do sooner or later and now it’s truly occurring. It’s fairly wonderful.”

Hosford mentioned she plans to start out getting ready for the marathon in January.

“I feel I’m going into the race actually excited to only take part. I really feel like even when I don’t beat my private greatest, it’s OK so long as I end the race smiling and never injured, I feel it could be a tremendous expertise.”

The Boston Marathon has prize cash of greater than US$1 million equally distributed amongst women and men within the open, masters and wheelchair divisions.

Final yr, two Yukoners additionally participated within the marathon. Nathalie Dugas and Fran Nyman, each from Whitehorse, every completed with a time of 4:08:36.

READ MORE: Yukoner readies for the Boston Marathon

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