Tely 10: Top runner makes a late withdrawal

Robin Short
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Natasha Yaremczuk was expected to challenge defending women’s champ Lisa Harvey

in this Jan. 26, 2013 photo, Canadian Natasha Yaremczuk finishes first in the women’s division at the Seasons 52 race in Orlando, Fla. Yaremczuk, a hopeful for Canada’s 2016 Olympic team, was supposed to run in the Tely 10 on Sunday, but has changed her mind, saying she doesn’t feel physically ready. “I think 10 miles this weekend would be a little more than I can handle now,” she told The Telegram Thursday. — Lola Gomez/The Orlando Sentinel.

Looks like Sunday’s 86th Tely 10 road race is Lisa Harvey’s to lose after all.

Harvey, the reigning champ and all-time leader in female titles with six, was expected to be pushed in this year’s Telegram 10-Mile Road Race with the emergence of Natasha Yaremczuk at the start line.

Yaremczuk, however, has decided to skip Sunday’s race to rest a weary body. She was scheduled to travel to St. John’s from Ontario today.

“I only made the decision in the past 24 hours,” she said Thursday. “My parents are already out there in St. John’s, so they’re a little disappointed.”

In addition to Yaremczuk, Caroline McIlroy, the 2005 Tely 10 winner, won’t be running as she is training for the Canadian Death Race in Alberta, a grueling 125-kilometre event.

And Kate Bazeley, the 2010 and 2011 Tely 10 women’s champ, is on the sidelines with a hip injury.

Yaremczuk would have brought some star power to the Tely. She competed in both the Commonwealth Games and PanAm Games as a triathlete, and met the Canadian standard to compete in the last Summer Olympics, although she fell short of competing in those Games.

She has since scuttled triathlon to focus on marathoning, in the hopes of making Canada’s team for the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics.

She was the fastest Canadian female in the most recent Boston Marathon, and won her second straight Buffalo half-marathon in the spring.

“I had a bit of a rough week last week, and I think 10 miles this weekend would be a little more than I can handle now,” she said.

Yaremczuk, 33, initially decided to enter to the Tely 10 as the timing of the event fit perfectly in her racing calendar.

Organizations: Commonwealth Games, Boston Marathon

Geographic location: Ontario, Alberta, Canada

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