About Malindi

Personal History & Career Highlights

Runner, Triathlete and Coach

I was raised as a multi-sport athlete who participated in soccer, field hockey, skiing, waterskiing, running, hiking – and almost anything else I could do!  But running was my true love, and by 12 years old I decided it would be the sport that would take me to the Olympics.  After a successful high school career, I attended Stanford University where I was the 800 and 1500m record holders before new young speedsters came along.  Upon graduating, I decided to put all my efforts into qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Athens. My dreams came true on July 1st, 2004 when I won the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 4:04 and was selected to the Olympic Team.

It was a dream come true

After a rewarding career, I retired from professional running in 2012, but I still loved to train and race. After the birth of my first son, Charlie, I picked up the sport of triathlon – I just wanted to get fit and strong again as part of my postpartum recovery.  It didn’t take long before I converted to long distance triathlon. Over the course of two years, I competed in 20 long course triathlon races with numerous podium finishes, including 3rd in my debut Ironman in Arizona with a time of 8:57.

Return to Running

After my second baby boy was born, I was ready to try a new challenge – marathon racing. Six months later, I laced up my racing flats in Jan 2019 and raced my first marathon. A 2:32 marathon left me hungry for more and brought an old flame back into my life: the pursuit of the 2020 Olympic Games. One year later, I was thrilled to finish 3rd overall in 2:24.50 which was a Canadian record by more than 2 minutes. The realities of COVID changed the year dramatically, and the 2020 Olympic Games were postponed to 2021, where I hope to have another amazing Olympic run.

More dreams yet to come true

Part of my own athletic journey includes helping other people achieve their own goals. Over the years I have been thrilled to help runners achieve their own goals and currently work as a coach at UBC-Okanagan with both our varsity and junior program, and as a private online coach to motivated runners. Please see more about coaching if you are interested in a chat.

Biography

Hometown: Kelowna, BC

Education: Stanford University, University of Calgary, University of British Columbia

Profession:  Teacher & Coach
Birthdate: March 13, 1980
Coach: Graham Hood & Mike Van Tighem
Team: Saucony
Family: Graham, Charlie  & Oliver Hood

Career Highlights

Running

  • Canadian Marathon Record Holder
  • 7 x Canadian Champion
  • Past Stanford University Record Holder
  • 6 x All American
  • Olympian
  • Bronze Medalist: World Cross Country (team), Pan American Games & World University Games.
  • Personal Bests –  2:02 (800m), 4:02 (1500m), 8:51 (3000m), 15:12 (5000m), 32:40 road 10 km), 1:11 (half marathon) and 2:24 (marathon)

Triathlon

  • Sub 9 hour debut Ironman
  • 8 podium finishes at Ironman Races in 2015-2016

Race Schedule & Results

 

Due to COVID, all 2021 Races TBA

Houston Marathon 2:24.50 (3rd) Canadian National Record
No more races due to COVID

2019
Houston Marathon 2:32:11 (7th)
Shamrock Run 8 km 26:20 (1st)
Vancouver Sun Run 10 km 32:59 (3rd)
Times Colonist 10 km 32:58 (2nd)
Canadian Champs 10 km 32:57 (2nd)
Canadian Half Marathon Championships 1:11:06 (1st)

2018
Oliver Hood arrives in June
James Cunningham Seawall Race 34:12 (1st)
San Diego Holiday Half Marathon 1:12:49 (1st)

Oceanside  70.3 – 4:34 (9th)
Ironman Texas – 9:11 (8th)
Rest of year off due to pregnancy

Oceanside 70.3 – 4:30 (9th)

Victoria 70.3 – 4:19 (2nd)

Coeur d’Alene 70.3 – 4:29 (3rd)

Calgary 70.3 – 4:15 (3rd)

Augusta 70.3 – 4:20 (2nd)

Los Cabos 70.3 – 4: 46 (9th)
Ironman Arizona – 8:57 (3rd)
Shawnigan Lake Olympic – 2:12 (1st-AG)
Victoria 70.3 – 4:29 (1st- AG)

Great White North – 4:16 (1st-Pro)
Calgary 70.3 – 4:26 (2nd-Pro)

Challenge Penticton – 4:30 (5th-Pro)
Silverman 70.3 – 4:50 (7th – Pro)

Victoria Half Marathon – 1:15 (1st) 

Win or Learn

Malindi is compiling a great selection of pro tips on her YouTube channel 'Win or Learn'.  Head over there and check it out now!

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Sponsorship & Media Enquiries

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