TimesColonist 10K

Louise Hodgson-Jones
April 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) –  The sun was shining for the 24th Annual TC10K today, and with a light to moderate wind it proved to be ideal conditions for the 12,288 registrants.

Eleven thousand, three hundred and twenty six (11,326) registered for the 10-kilometre race and 962 for the Thrifty Foods 1.5K Family Fun Run. Nine thousand, seven hundred and eighty one (9,781) finished the 10K and with the 962 in the family run, total participants were 10,743, the second highest ever.

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TC10K Start – Photo courtesy of Louise Hodgson-Jones

The elite Kenyan athletes in the men’s field lived up to their seedings, with Vancouver Sun Run champion Paul Kimaiyo Kimugul winning in 29:44. Second was the 2012 TC10K champion, Kip Kangogo in 29:48 and third, the 2011 champion Willy Kimosop in 30:02. Victoria’s Geoff Martinson, the Vancouver Island Race Series winner, was fourth with a personal best of 30:17. He was also the top Canadian.

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Paul Kimugul – Photo courtesy of Louise Hodgson-Jones

Although not a course record, it was an impressive victory for Kimugul.”It was my first TC10K and even though the wind was strong I felt okay,” he said. The Kenyan, who now trains in Toronto made a surge at the two-kilometre mark, splitting the lead group of six. This coalesced into the top four seeds and with one mile to go Martinson dropped back leaving Kimugul and Kangogo to battle for first and second place with just four seconds between their times. Kimugul now goes on to run the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 5.

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Jane Murage – Photo courtesy of Louise Hodgson-Jones

The women’s race was won by Kenyan Jane Murage in 34:28. Second was Victoria’s Catrin Jones in 35:21 and third was Jen Millar in 35:46. Jones was the top Canadian woman. For the 95Ib Murage, who now lives in Royersford, Pennsylvania, her main battle was the wind. “At about 5K the wind was very strong and I decided to slow my pace,” she said. This was her first TC10K. “I had heard how nice Victoria was so I had to come and I plan to come back next year.”

The men’s Masters race saw three Victorians in the top three. Jim Finlayson won in 32:48 and there was a photo-finish for second and third place with Bruce Deacon and Craig Odermatt both coming over the line in 33:01. Catherine Watkins from Vancouver won the women’s Masters in 35:49, second was Calgary’s Lisa Harvey in 35:57 and third was Carol Montgomery, from North Vancouver in 36:24.

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Michelle Stilwell – Photo courtesy of Louise Hodgson-Jones

The wheelchair race was won by three-time Paralympic Gold Medalist Michelle Stilwell in 32:52, from Parksville, BC.

“I would like to thank the community, volunteers and sponsors for supporting the event,” said Race Director Jacqui Sanderson. “Everyone crossed the finish line with a smile and it really showed what a great community event the TC10K is.”

The official results of the TC10K are on www.tc10k.ca/results