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A few, top-calibre long-distance runners from Greater Victoria will be competing Sunday, April 23 in Vancouver at the 33rd annual Vancouver Sun Run.

Over 40,000 runners will follow in the footsteps of the elites who are a strong mix of primarily Canadians, Kenyans and a few athletes from various other countries.

Victoria’s own Hilary Stellingwerff will toe-the-line. She is a two-time Olympian, who competed in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games in the 1500-metre distance. Stellingwerff has since retired from track, however, continues to race competitively on the roads and in cross-country.

She is also a coach with the University of Victoria Vikes.

As usual, several Vikes athletes will also be competing.

“I’ve always wanted to run the Sun Run, but it’s never fit into my spring schedule until now. Road racing, especially over 10K, is so new to me that I don’t really know what to expect. I’m just looking forward to running hard at a relatively new distance (I’ve probably only run three road 10ks) and mixing it up in what will no doubt be a very competitive field,” shared Stellingwerff. “Although I’ve retired from the track, I still find a lot of satisfaction in testing my physical and mental limits in running so this is a great way to continue.”

Other Victoria athletes competing in the Sun Run are beer mile and beer two-mile running legend and world record holder Jim Finlayson. Finlayson runs in the very competitive 40-plus field. He is a former Canadian marathon champion and has competed in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Fellow Victoria-based master Craig Odermatt is also in the race. He will be one of the top masters in a competitive field.

The Vancouver Sun Run offers a fast course with a downhill start on Georgia Street for one kilometre, there is only one significant uphill, which comes at the 5K mark with a climb up to the Burrard Bridge. It is a gently rolling, point-to-point course.

The Vancouver Sun Run is the largest 10K road race in Canada and one of the largest in the world.

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For all of the Sun Run details, click here>>

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