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Vancouver Sun Run on the horizon(Apr 14 2012, 10:43 PM)
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Vancouver Sun Run on the horizon

Published by
Ben Thistlewood   on Apr 14 2012, 10:43 PM

At tomorrow's Vancouver Sun Run Point Grey TFC will have seven members in the club's white singlets on the starting line, continuing their spring road-racing campaigns before moving to the track.

 

In the women's race, Sabrina Wilkie, Katrina Bruckschwaiger, and Kirsten Lee are racing. Wilkie and Bruckschwaiger ran Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K last month, with Wilkie finishing in second (29:08) and Bruckschwaiger in sixth (30:12). Lee ran a 1,500 m at the UBC Open last weekend (5:07), and completed the UBC Triathlon (sprint distance) in March.

 

In the men's race, Sam Pawluk, Dylan Gant, Aaron Weidman, and Ben Thistlewood are toeing the line. Pawluk comes in with good form, having finished second at Harry's in a time of 24:37. He also represented Canada at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Trinidad in March. Ben Thistlewood and Dylan Gant ran 25:13 and 25:56 respectively at Harry's, and both will be looking to split the same or faster through 8 km during the Sun Run. And Aaron Wiedman, who last raced at the 'First Half' Half Marathon in February, has put in some solid training since then and will be looking to run in the low 30s.

 

The race starts downtown at 9:00 AM; the course loops from the start on West Georgia down to the West End and Stanley Park, East along Beach Ave, climbs over the Burrard St Bridge, descends into Kitsilano, turns West until reaching the Cambie St Bridge, and heads over the bridge, finishing at BC Place. According to unconfirmed reports by historians, the course follows the original newspaper delivery route of the first paperboy of the Vancouver Sun.

 

Check out @VancouverSunRun on Twitter for updates.

 

Lastly, an interesting side-story to the race has been developing in the last few hours. Defending men's champ Eric Gillis is currently hiding out somewhere in Vancouver (I would suspect at the Vancouver Airport Fairmont Hotel, which is where organizers are putting up the elite athletes) as he recently made some negative remarks about the Canucks in a Twitter conversation.

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