BC Road Running Series, presented by Timex

BC Road Running Series, presented by Timex

Osaduik and Pells win Times Colonist 10k

(brief report copied from TC10k website)

The 16th annual Times Colonist 10K race was run in glorious summery weather in Victoria on Sunday, April 24th 2005. Vancouver Island’s top international athletes were amongst 11,218 people participating in what is now the second largest run in Canada, behind the Vancouver Sun Run. The ribbon of humanity—a record turnout—snaked through the streets of Victoria, from the start line between Government and Douglas streets out onto picturesque Dallas Road and back to the new finish line in front of the grand Empress Hotel.

Nanaimo runner Steve Osaduik breasted the tape at 30 minutes even to win the race for the second year in a row. In thrilling style, Osaduik beat off a down-to-the-wire challenge, from Victoria’s Jim Finlayson and Mike Power of Melbourne Australia, by fractions of a second. Leah Pells of Coquitlam BC was the fastest woman, at 33 minutes 38 seconds. Wheelchair athlete Al Burgman of Cobble Hill BC was the first person across the finish line for the fifth year in a row. He propelled his sleek three-wheeler along the course in 22 minutes 42 seconds.

The 2005 Times Colonist 10K results are included in a special 10-page section (D1) in the Times Colonist newspaper on Monday, April 25 2005, and will be available online on Tuesday, April 26 2005.