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Athletics: Acura Toronto Ten Miler the big "tune up" for Berlin World Championships as well as Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon -- this Sunday, at The Distillery

TORONTO. July 13th. While almost 3,000 runners will be toeing the Start line for the Acura Toronto Ten Miler & 5K at The Distillery this Sunday to use it as their "Official Tune Up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon", Dylan Wykes, Andrew Smith, and Tara Quinn-Smith will be using it as their final tune up before heading to Berlin to represent Canada at the World Championships Marathon on August 22nd.

Over the past 14 months, the Ottawa and Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathons have been involved in a unique partnership with Athletics Canada to jointly fund a Canadian team to the World Championships marathon -- something that has not happened in almost a decade (see story here).

Ottawa in May 2008 and 2009, and Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront in September '08 served as "Trials" where athletes could strive to achieve the standards necessary to get them to Berlin. Andrew Smith, a 30 year old member of the Brooks Canada Marathon Project at High Park, Toronto, ran a debut of 2:19:58 at Ottawa '08, then followed it up with a 2:16:14 in Houston in January to make the standard. Dylan Wykes, now back living and training in his native Kingston after several years at Providence College, notched a 2:16:21 at Waterfront '08 last September, to make his mark. The 26-year old says:

"Berlin has been a goal of mine since training for the Waterfront Marathon last year. My preparations have been going very well and I've been running my highest-ever mileage this summer. I feel better prepared for Berlin than for my two previous marathons [Rotterdam and Toronto Waterfront]. It's a great opportunity, and my goals are to be competitive with many of the top marathoners from other countries. I'm realistic that at this early stage of my marathon career I am not ready to compete with the top African runners. But, I hope to be up there fighting for a top spot among marathoners from the USA, UK, and several other European countries.

"I'm also excited about competing in the Acura Toronto Ten on Sunday. I do not typically race a lot in the build-up to a marathon. So, this is going to be a great opportunity to lace up the racing flats and run a really hard effort. I am looking forward to getting out on the Leslie Spit again! I struggled on that stretch of the Waterfront Marathon course last fall. Hopefully I can redeem myself a bit out there on Sunday. I'm coming to race, not just a marathon pace trial."

Matt Loiselle leads the pack at 2009 Banque Scotia 21K de MontrealWykes and Smith will be at the core of a strong, competitive men's race at the Acura Toronto Ten Miler. Matt Loiselle, a 24-year old teammate of Smith's from the Brooks Canada Marathon Project and Josephat Ongeri, a Kenyan now living in Burlington, will be on the line, along with other Kenyans Moses Macharia and David Karanja, plus Montreal's Bagdad Rachem. Ongeri won last year's Ten Miler in 48:49, and then nipped Smith by 3 seconds at the Canadian Half Marathon Championships at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal in April -- 65:05 to 65:08 [a new PR for Smith]. But Loiselle soundly defeated them both, clocking an excellent 64:10 in Montreal to book his place at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham in October representing Canada.

The women's battle for spoils at the Acura Ten promises to be equally absorbing, with a good tussle expected between Canada's #1 and #2 ranked marathon women, Lioudmila Kortchaguina and Tara Quinn-Smith. Include last year's Canada Running Series champ, Josiane Aboungono of Milton, Mississauga Marathon winner Krista DuChene of Brantford, and St-Bruno, Quebec's Nathalie Goyer, a 3-time Quebec City and 3-time Mississauga Marathon winner who was dramatically passed in the final stages by DuChene this year, and some sparks could fly! Kortchaguina, who was almost written off with injuries last year, stormed back to form with a 2:30:43 in Houston in January, and a 2:32:10 in Ottawa in May that made her Canadian Champion for '09. Unfortunately, she has had to turn down a place in Berlin, owing to family economic circumstances that compel her to run a big-paying, big-city marathon this Fall. Quinn-Smith, who had a marvellous marathon debut of 2:33:58 in Ottawa '08 that gave her the required standard, is still hoping to join husband Andrew at the World Championships when Athletics Canada makes the final, official team announcements on July 27th.

"It's shaping up to be a really cracking race, with so much Canadian talent on display," says Canada Running Series Race Director Alan Brookes. "Frankly, we're really pleasantly surprised. Even though Acura's sponsorship has brought some new luster, we still thought of this as a well-organized but relatively low-key, summertime tune-up run for the record numbers preparing for 'the big one' in September. Clearly, some of our best elites are seeing it the same way! It will be a lot of fun for our 3,000 recreational athletes to run with, then meet Andrew, Dylan and Tara afterwards at the informal setting in The Distillery -- then sit back and watch them on the TV in Berlin in August. Hopefully our Canadian elites will then come out on September 27th and cheer on the rest of us at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon when we live our dreams!"

It's still not too late to join Andrew, Dylan, Tara, Lioudmila and a record crowd at Sunday's Acura Toronto Ten Miler or 5K, but you'd better do it fast, as there are only 400 places left in the Ten Miler, and just 50 in the 5K, before this year's caps are reached [2,500 and 600]. Online registration is available until midnight Tuesday [14th], while places last, at Pledges for the Canadian Cancer Society can also be made online to fight men's cancers.

Registration is also ongoing at record pace for September 27th's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half & 5K -- more than 50% up over this time last year. "We're certain to sell out for both Waterfront Marathon [4,000] and Half [8,000] this year -- and sooner rather than later," said Race Director, Alan Brookes. Entry at

Andrew Smith at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal 2008 Dylan Wykes at STWM08 Tara Quinn Smith at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal, where she ran 72:09 for a new Canadian Half marathon record
Matt Loiselle leads the pack at 2009 Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal

Andrew Smith
Andrew's blog
May MDS Nordion 10K, Ottawa. 29:23 PR. "a great confidence booster as I enter my marathon training for Berlin."
April 19th. Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal. Canadian Half Marathon Championships. Defended his title as Canada's Men's Half Champion with a 65:08 PR, good for 4th overall [3 seconds behind Ongeri].

Dylan Wykes
Pre-race story from : Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront '08
Post-race story

Tara Quinn-Smith
Tara's blog: Nicely discusses her hopes and training for Berlin, and her major disappointment if she doesn't get there.

Andrew Smith talks about Berlin World Championship marathon & Acura Toronto Ten Miler "tune up"…
I feel very fortunate and excited to be representing Canada in the Marathon at the World Championships in Berlin. It has been a number of years since we have sent a full team to this event, so I realize how important this race is as far as putting Canada back on the map in the marathon event.

My training build-up has been going very well. I'm confident I'll be ready to run another personal best in Berlin, and hopefully be a strong contributor to our team score. I'd like to finish in the top 25, and take another good chunk of time off my current PB of 2:16:14. I think this marathon comes at a great time for me, as I have a lot of confidence having come off a strong performance in only my second marathon this past January in Houston [the 2:16 PR].

Anytime you get the chance to represent your country at an international event, you want to perform at the highest level possible. I also think I gained some valuable international experience running for Canada in the World Half Marathon Championships, especially last Fall in Rio de Janeiro, where I placed 31st.** I feel that my experience in Rio was a great stepping stone towards an event like the WC marathon and eventually the Olympics. It is absolutely crucial to have the chance to compete against the best in the world.

As far as the Acura 10 Mile race this weekend goes, my initial plan was to use it as more of a hard training effort as opposed to a full out race effort. The main reason for this is that I am currently in the middle of the build-up for the marathon, and it is important that I maintain my weekly training goals throughout the entire build-up, with the key focus being to keep my volume high. With this in mind, it can be difficult to try and race at 100% when you are somewhat tired from the demands of the training program. However, I am going to see how the upcoming week goes and I will take some time to think things over. If my body is feeling okay and the weather is decent, I may decide to get in a harder effort than originally planned.

See you all on Sunday!

** Note: Andrew won his selection to IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Rio through a partnership between Athletics Canada and Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal — a partnership that has made the race the Canadian Half Marathon Championships the past 2 years. The Canadian men's and women's champions have then been given strong consideration for selection, and the resulting team has been jointly funded by the Federation and the Canada Running Series. Matt Loiselle booked his place to go to the Half Marathon Championships this Fall, being staged in Birmingham, with his terrific 64:10 run for victory in Montreal on April 19th.

Top 10 Reasons to Run the Toronto Ten-Miler & 5k at The Historic Distillery District
10. Over 2500 people will see your new running clothes

9. Distillery... VERY good chance there are licensed premises after the race

8. This Sunday morning run replaces your usual long run AND provides a shirt!

7. A good, easy run will help alleviate the post-Saturday night partying stiffness

6. Great training run to prepare for Waterfront Marathon or Half — but lets you sleep in an extra half hour

5. Course is flat -- no 'tower' to climb or mountain to scale

4. You get the "Tour de Tommy" (Thompson Park) ... great views of shores, city & wildlife

3. Post-run band (TBA) will knock your technical socks off

2. Over 300 volunteers will witness your run and the amount of food you eat at the finish

1. Only 16k... you're totally there in your training... no vulture bait will you be…

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