September 14, 2017
Close contests are anticipated when the BC Super Series resumes at the Under Armour Eastside 10K in Vancouver on Saturday morning. The Canada Running Series event also serves as the 2017 BC 10K Championship for added spice.
Rachel Cliff and Natasha Wodak will resume their local rivalry. Cliff leads 3-1 in their head-to-head races this year. But Wodak came out top in their most recent contest, at the World Track & Field Championships in London.
Mixing it with the BC duo will be a pair of Ontarians with equally good credentials. Canadian Marathon record holder Lanni Marchant and defending Eastside 10K champion Leslie Sexton will make for an intriguing west vs east competition.
And don’t count out Malindi Elmore. Like Cliff, Wodak and Marchant, a former Vancouver Sun Run champion, who more recently has successfully transitioned to triathlons.
In the absence of BC Super Series leader Hilary Stellingwerff, it’s likely that Wodak will take over top place in the series.
The mens race will largely be a BC affair. This years Vancouver Sun Run runner-up Geoff Martinson will start as favourite. But don’t ignore his BC Endurance Project colleagues Justin Kent, Kevin Coffey and Dylan Wykes.
The BC Super Series leader Theo Hunt is a late scratch, which should allow Martinson to take over the series lead.
Action gets underway at 8:30am, with a new start/finish on Cordova Street in Gastown. The race sold out with 2600 entries almost 3 weeks ago. Complete event information, http://canadarunningseries.com/vancouver-eastside-10k/
The BC Super Series is a collaboration between BC Athletics and 12 of BC’s best road races. The 2017 series will conclude with the BC Marathon Championships at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on October 8. Complete series information, and current standing, http://www.bcathletics.org/BCSuperSeries/