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Sarah Inglis of Scotland – living and training in Langley – leading the women and most of the men in the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day 5K. Sets a Canadian all-comers road 5K record. Photo credit: Jody “Run.Photography” Bailey @3oh6

The TC10K could see a new record this Sunday.

The women’s event record is 32:56. The time was accomplished two years ago by Polish runner Karolina Jarzynska-Nadolska, who won the Vancouver Sun Run that year in the time of 32:39, one week prior.

Two weeks ago, the 2019 Sun Run was won in the time of 32:38 by Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak. It was her third win. She won’t be running in Victoria on Sunday, as she will be in Los Angeles taking in the Payton Jordan Invitational at the Stanford University track. She will be looking to better the 2019 IAAF World Track and Field Championships 10,000-metre qualifying benchmark of sub-31:50.

Payton Jordan is the site of the national record of 31:41.59 that she set in 2015.

“I run every race hard,” said Wodak. “I am going to race as best as I can and perhaps a new Canadian record will happen, but I do want to get under the world’s standard of 31:50 for sure.”

Worlds will be taking place in Doha, Qatar starting September 27.

Meanwhile, Sarah Inglis, who is the Scottish 10-mile champion, is declared very fit and ready to take on Jarzynska-Nadolska’s record from 2017.

“I’m looking to keep the pace honest and race the girls who are there,” said Inglis. “I love competing in Victoria, so it will be a fun weekend!”

Inglis has raced in Victoria in October on two separate occasions. In 2017, she won the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon in 1:14:20 finishing 11th overall and then in 2018, won the 8K as part of the same event. With the win, she unseated Lindsay Carson as four-time defending champion. The two are now training partners in Langley.

In February, Inglis ran a 10,000-metre event in San Diego finishing in 32:36.89 for a new personal best.

On March 17, she dropped a few jaws by winning the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Stanley Park in a new Canadian all-comers record of 15:29. Her coach Mark Bomba thinks that race was “just the beginning,” – some foreshadowing.

Her road best is 33:44 from Sept. 2017. Apparently, the unsponsored Langley Mustangs Endurance Group runner is the fittest she has ever been. Sunday, she will be chasing the course record for the bonus dollars that the race organizers provide and to achieve a big new personal best time.

Dayna Pidhoresky winning the TC10K. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Inglis won’t be alone as Vancouver’s Dayna Pidhoresky, is the two-time defending champion. She won last year in 33:20 and the year before in 33:42, unseating four-time winner Jane Murage of Kenya, who will not be racing this year.

On April 14th Pidhoresky finished fourth in the Sun Run in the time of 33:28, after finishing the Around the Bay 30K on March 31 in second place, which was followed by the Spring Run-Off 8K in Toronto the following Sunday, where she finished fourth and in the time of 27:29. She is the only woman to win the ATB 30K four times.

Malindi Elmore at 2019 Vancouver Sun Run post-race awards in BC Place Stadium. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Malindi Elmore of Kelowna may also be racing and if she does, the first 7K could be a three-woman race, then the downhill at Douglas Street and Dallas Road begins for one kilometre before the final two kilometres turn flat – there should be a very interesting finish between the three athletes. They could be together to the end, this will depend on a potential headwind on Dallas Road and how fast the women take the race out.

Elmore is a former international 1500m/5,000-metre runner for Canada. For a while she switched to Ironman training, however, is happy to compete just in distance road running now. The 39-year-old mother of two boys under age five finished third at the Sun Run in 32:59. She won the event in 2010 in 33:06.

The 2019 edition appears to be growing in participation numbers again, after several years of dwindling crowds, with new management and a continued emphasis on the Victoria fixture being a community event, the crowds seem to be returning.

Organizers are hoping that they will see over 10,000 runners and walkers toe-the-line on Sunday for the 30th edition.

Details are available here: https://runsport.ca/tc10k/