There was simply no wiping the smile off Joe Ryans face Sunday.
The chairman of the annual Tely 10 road race committee was grinning ear to ear walking near the finish line, watching participants run, walk and sometimes crawl the final few feet of the 10-mile distance. In total, 2,096 runners registered for the event, with 2,020 finishing the course.
Both numbers are all-time highs for the race.
However, Ryan was equally impressed with the countless number of people who showed up to cheer on the runners from the sidewalks, fans lining up on both sides of the street all the way from Paradise to the finish line in Bannerman Park.
It was an incredible amount of spectators. Its nice to see people holding signs that say Go, Mom, or Go, Jim, and here at the finish we saw more spectators than I think we ever saw before, said Ryan.
The cheering spectators helped many runners overcome very humid weather Sunday morning. Thirty minutes into the race, at 8:30 in the morning, temperatures were at 22 degrees with 83 per cent humidity.
It definitely wasnt ideal running weather, according to George Stanoev, technical director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association.
You can imagine its very hard (running in the humidity). The runners need a cooler temperature ... thats ideal for them, Stanoev said.
Colin Fewer, a Harbour Main native living in St. Johns, and Lisa Harvey of Calgary won the mens and womens categories. Fewer finished in 50 minutes and 11 seconds to win his third consecutive Tely 10, while Harvey crossed the finish line in 58:10, claiming her second straight womens crown.
Having repeat champions in both categories is a good thing for the Tely 10, according to Ryan.
Its nice to see Lisa back, all the way from Western Canada and Colin has been training hard and its great to see him repeat, Ryan said. (Fewer) has put a lot into this and its a challenge for other runners next year to try to knock him off and win the race, which is good to see.
This years Tely 10, the 80th anniversary of the race, ran problem-free for the most part.
An elderly female participant was on the missing list for a while, but race organizers later found out she had left the race after six miles and went for a checkup at a local hospital just to be careful. According to Stanoev, she did not suffer any major health issues.
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Glen Power gets a refreshing shower from long-time race supporter Roma Garland in front of her Cornwall Avenue home. Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
80th Tely 10 a smashing success, new records set
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