Last year's Tely 10 women's champ excited about Sunday's race
Hundreds of runners turned up at The Remax Centre (St. Johns Curling Club) Thursday night to register and/or pick up their registration kits and accessories for this Sundays 80th Telegram 10-Mile Road Race. Among those registering and trying on their Tely
Lisa Harvey will have a bullseye on her back Sunday morning when the 80th Tely 10 kicks off at 8 a.m., but that suits the 37-year-old resident of Calgary just fine.
Harvey is in town to defend the Tely 10 womens title she won in 2006 and is confident she will again be in the mix to take it all this year.
I feel I have as much of a chance as anybody, Harvey said.
Harvey finished last years Tely 10 in 57 minutes and 12 seconds, the best womens time since 1986 and third fastest in the ]history of the road race. She has been a competitive runner since the age of 16 and represented Canada at several international events over the years, including a number of world track and field championships, as well as the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
She has been an active runner all spring and summer and recently completed a marathon in Ottawa. The Tely 10 represents the conclusion of her 2007 running season.
Every race is still really enjoyable, Harvey said. Every race is still exciting and I still get butterflies in my stomach before every race.
Harvey was introduced to the Tely 10 by her husband, St. Johns native Paul McCloy, a five-time winner in the mens division of the Tely 10 and holder of the three fastest mens times in the history of the event. McCloy, who finished second last year to Colin Fewer by just two-hundreths of a second is also set to run Sunday.
Now that Harvey has one win under her belt, some are wondering if she has her sights set on tying her husbands mark for Tely 10 victories. However, Harvey insists this isnt the case.
No, its not like that, she says with a laugh. Were just both trying to do the best we can. Were not counting titles.
Harveys main concern about Sundays race is the weather. She hopes the humidity thats plagued the city all week will finally disappear.
Being from Calgary where its hot and dry, I dont like the humidity too much, she said. I just hope the humidity clears out before Sunday.