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Two-time defending women's champ Lisa Harvey looks forward to Sunday's race

With only a couple of years to go before she shuffles off into the master's age group, Lisa Harvey hopes to string together some solid times in the open division, which isn't good news for the women's field in this year's Tely 10 10-Mile Road Race.

Harvey is the two-time defending Tely 10 women's champ, and undoubtedly the favourite heading into Sunday's 81st running of the race, which starts at 8 o'clock in the morning in Paradise.

Lisa Harvey has run three of the 10 fastest women's times in Tely 10 history. - Telegram file photo

With only a couple of years to go before she shuffles off into the master's age group, Lisa Harvey hopes to string together some solid times in the open division, which isn't good news for the women's field in this year's Tely 10 10-Mile Road Race.

Harvey is the two-time defending Tely 10 women's champ, and undoubtedly the favourite heading into Sunday's 81st running of the race, which starts at 8 o'clock in the morning in Paradise.

"Hard to believe, but I'm looking at the master's (40-plus) now, so I'm hoping to make these last few years in the open category good ones," said the 38-year-old Harvey from her Calgary home.

Harvey is married to the great St. John's runner Paul McCloy, a five-time Tely 10 champ and, like his wife, a past Canadian Olympian.

Harvey and McCloy both train together in Calgary, and they line up next to each other each year at the Tely's starting line on McNamara Road. But when the starter's gun cracks, "you're on your own," she said.

"We both have our own separate goals," she added.

Martin the last to win three straight

A win Sunday will give Harvey three straight Tely 10 wins. The last woman to peel off a trio of consecutive victories was Colleen Martin, who captured four straight championships from 1976-79.

Harvey's first Tely 10 came in 1999, but she finished way back in the field, mainly because her daughter, Allison, had been born only two months prior to the race.

As for time, Harvey's three winning times are among the top 10 fastest clockings by a woman. Her 57:12 showing in 2006 is the third-best time ever run, behind Nicola Will's 55:47 in 1986 and 56:04 in 1984.

"It's something you look at, for sure," Harvey said at the prospect of setting a new course record. "But you have to be right on that day. I don't know if I can do a 55 or a low 56. But I hope to get closer to that."

Harvey is a longtime member of the Canadian national team, a fully carded athlete for eight years. She ran 10,000 metres in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1991 Pan Am Games in Havana, Cuba. She also competed in the 1991 and 1993 world championships in Tokyo and Stuttgart, Germany, respectively

She's competed in 10 world cross-country championships, including the 2008 event in Scotland in March, where she was the third Canadian, finishing 77th overall.

"But I always enjoy the Tely 10," said the elementary school physical education teacher. What a great race. It's like the nationals for the runners there."

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Tely 10 10-Mile Road Race, Pan Am

Geographic location: Calgary, Paradise, St. John's McNamara Road Havana Cuba Tokyo Stuttgart Germany Scotland

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  • Ben
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Is there A prize for winning the Tely 10, or do the people compete for for the love of the sport ?

  • Ben
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Is there A prize for winning the Tely 10, or do the people compete for for the love of the sport ?