Victoria, BC (ISN) – The TC10K will see a strong elite athlete field participating on Sunday April 29. 2011 champion Willy Kimosop will be competing – he won also in 2009 and came second in 2010 – as will the 2010 champion Kip Kangogo. Philip Samoei, the 2010 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon winner, will also run. The women’s field will also include three of last year’s top five finishers – Natasha Wodak, Lisa Harvey and Lucy Smith.
Kimosop has set a goal time of 29 min this year which is achievable if the weather conditions are favourable. His time in 2009 was 29:29 (his PB is 28:54). Kangogo – who ran in 29:35 in 2010 – is having a very good year, placing first in Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8K, and 2nd in the Vancouver Sun Run. Samoei’s best 10K time is 28:05, faster than the course record of 28:47 set by Simon Chenowua in 1995.
The men’s top 10 also includes Joseph Gray from the U.S., Newfoundland’s Colin Fewer, and Vancouver Island runners Mark Cryderman and Kris Swanson. The masters field could see an exciting battle between three-time TC10K winner Bruce Deacon, 2011 Island Series silver medalist Craig Odermatt, and Kevin O’Connor who wants to beat the over-45 Canadian road record of 31:19.
The women’s field is equally competitive with the 2011 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon course record hold, Natasha Wodak the top seed. She was second in the TC10K last year in 34:20. Calgary’s Lisa Harvey is back, fresh off her win in the St. Patrick’s Day 10K in Calgary and the Harry’s Spring Run-Off 8K in Vancouver. Victoria’s Lucy Smith – six-time winner of the TC10K – was 1st in the Harriers Pioneer 8K in January. Marilyn Arsenault won the masters women title at this year’s Vancouver Sun Run. Other top 10 contenders include Melissa Ross, triathlete Lisa Mensink, Catrin Jones and Claire Morgan.
In the wheelchair category three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist Michelle Stilwell will be competing. A dominating force in the T52 wheelchair classification, she holds World Records in the 100m, 200m and 400m events and is a strong Gold medal contender for the London Paralympic Games.
The TC10K is Canada’s second largest 10-kilometre race. At close of online registration on Wednesday April 25, 12,147 had registered. Individuals can still register at Race Package Pick up from noon – 5 pm Friday April 27, and 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday April 28 at the Race Expo at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resport. For more information see: www.tc10k.ca .