Defending Tely 10 champ not running Sunday

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Injury has sidelined Matt Loiselle since April

Matt Loiselle

By Robin Short

Telegram Sports Editor

Matt Loiselle had every intention of returning to St. John’s to defend his Tely 10 title this summer, but a pair of tears to his groin muscle shelved those plans, and most of his 2013 running season.

“I guess I tweaked something training all winter,” Loiselle said Tuesday from Toronto.

“I was in England in April qualifying for the worlds (marathon championship) and I had to drop out after 30K.”

Loiselle, a 28-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., hopes to be back running within three weeks, although he probably won’t race again until the winter.

“I’m a bit bummed out about not getting to St. John’s,” he said.

“I definitely did want to come back, and I had it on my calendar.

“It was an awesome race. The fan support was tremendous. I’d never been to St. John’s, and it was too short of a trip. I was actually planning to stay a week this time.”

Loiselle won last year’s Tely 10 in 48:09. Only one other competitor had run faster — Paul McCloy, with his course record 47:04 in 1985 and a 47:54 showing in 1993.

Loiselle still hopes to compete for Canada in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He feels this recent injury is but a bump in the road.

“Although I do feel I’m missing out on some good racing,” he said.

Geographic location: Toronto, England, Windsor Canada Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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