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For a number of years, right after his move from St. John's to Calgary over a decade ago, there was always a will-heor- won't-he-race question mark surrounding Paul McCloy in the weeks and days leading up to the Tely 10.This year, the debate waged over McCloy's wife, Lisa Harvey, the fourtime defending champion who, up until Thursday, still wasn't certain she'd be running Sunday's 83rd annual Tely.

So with apologies to Lebron James, the decision has been made: Harvey will be at the start line, looking to make history.

Seems as if a nagging calf injury had Harvey thinking twice about the race, before making her 11th-hour decision.

I gave it quite a bit of thought, said Harvey, the former Olympian. I want to run. It's a great race, but I don't know how it will go. If the leg gets too sore, I'll have to stop.

Harvey is poised to join her husband in the Tely 10 record book. A win Sunday would give her five consecutive championships, surpassing Colleen Martin's five straight wins from 1976 to '79, and six titles overall. She's currently tied with Noeleen Wadden for five overall women's titles.

McCloy, of course, has five Tely 10 titles, and owns four of the five fastest times run on the course.

I didn't know that, she said of her opportunity to make history. That would be great, given the history with this race.

Harvey has won every Tely 10 she's entered, since her first race in 2003 when the couple were in town for their youngest son's christening. A Calgary resident, Harvey admittedly wasn't exactly a student of the race upon registering for the '03 event, but has come to appreciate it's uniqueness there aren't many 10-mile races out there and background.

It's definitely a run race, she said. The community spirit that surrounds it adds to the atmosphere. It's a neat race.

Harvey boasts an impressive international résumé. Besides running for Canada at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she's also competed in the Commonwealth Games and Pan-Am Games. There's also eight world cross-country championships and a pair of world track and field championships.

Now 40, Harvey is running in the master's category. She was the second female master's runner to finish a 5K race in New York last month, and recently won a half-marathon in Vancouver. She's been a regular on the road race circuit in and around Calgary.

But a recent training session saw her calf muscle tighten up, and it's been nagging her ever since. She tested the leg during a light run Thursday, before registering at the last minute.

I don't know if I'll be doing anything differently, she said, other than stretch a little more.

Other than that, I'll run my own race settle into a pace and go with the crowd.

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Commonwealth Games

Geographic location: Calgary, Canada, New York Vancouver

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