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TC10K race numbers are up 13% and clinic participation has increased by 30%. Those stats were announced today at the official launch of the 10K, which is just six weeks away, on Sunday April 29.

This popular spring race is a tradition in Victoria, attracting runners of all levels and abilities from elites, and those chasing a PR to first timers tackling the 10K distance. Event Manager Joe Dixon, is hoping for 9,000 participants on race day, a far cry from its peak year in 2011 when 13,000 registered. However, with the increase this year he is hoping the trend will continue and it will top 10,000 in 2019.

Dixon announced the TC10K will be the 2018 and 2019 BC Provincial 10K Championship race. This will attract some of the top elites from the Lower Mainland. “Daniel Kipkoech, Paul Kimugul and Jane Murage are returning champions and Natasha Wodak is also scheduled to run, “he said. Olympic Race Walker Evan Dunfee, who competed in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon last fall, will also be competing, using the race as a tune-up for the world championships the following week.

Race Ambassador and six-time winner of the TC10K, Lucy Smith regards this race as her favourite home-town event. “So many people are out waving and cheering, it is so inspirational to run it. It is definitely the best community event in town,” she said. “These kind of events are so important and are a role model for fitness and lifestyle.”

As Ambassador she has been out helping the 100 plus run leaders in the official clinics, and has also delivered educational videos on social media. “It has been a great way to coach and inspire.”

Other announcements included the renewal of the Times Colonist sponsorship for three years, until 2020, and for the first time there will be technical shirts in men’s and ladies cuts.

Registration increases on April 6.