The 85th running of the Tely 10 mile road race has attracted a record registration.
As of Monday afternoon, there were 3,212 registered for Sunday’s race. The previous record for registration was 3,050, set last year.
In-person registration is still available at the Re/Max Centre (St. John’s Curling Club), 135 Mayor Ave., until 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA) technical director George Stanoev says targeting more recreational runners over the years has led to the increased registration numbers.
“And,” said Stanoev, “three or four years ago, we encouraged more ladies to participate and now they far exceed the men in terms of numbers.”
Fit to compete
Stanoev noted a lot more people are into fitness these days and there are several groups of people in that demographic who are into running and are attracted to the Tely 10.
“Everyone in the community seems to be more involved now,” said Stanoev, who estimated at least 50 per cent of the registered participants are from the St. John’s area. He said the rest of the runners come from across the Newfoundland and Labrador, with about 200 from outside of the province.
In the 2011 event, a record 2,868 participants successfully completed the course, with 474 more female competitors than males crossing the Bannerman Park finish line.
Organized by NLAA, the race begins at McNamara Road, off Topsail Road in the Town of Paradise with a 7:55 a.m. start for wheelchair athletes. Runners and walkers start at 8 a.m. Participants proceed eastward on Topsail Road, Cornwall Avenue, LeMarchant Road, Harvey Road and Military Road, turning left onto Bannerman Road to finish just past Bannerman Park Swimming Pool.
The Tely 10 event offers prize money to the top three male and female runners in one of the most popular road races in the country.
A total purse of $3,000 will be distributed to the top three overall male and female runners to cross the finish line.
First-place male and female competitors will receive $750 prize money and $500 Running Room money card. Second-place finishers get $500 with a $400 money card while third-place finishers will get $250 and a $300 money card.
Fourth place overall male and female runners to cross the finish line will each receive $200 Running Room money card, and $100 money card will be awarded to the fifth place male and female overall runners.
Colin Fewer is the men’s defending champion, while Kate Bazeley was last year’s female winner.
Paul McCloy holds the men’s race course record of 47:04, set in 1985, while Nicola Will’s time of 55:47, sent the following year, is the fastest time for females.