Race Report: TYS10K

The Toronto Yonge Street 10K put on by the Canada Running Series is very quickly becoming one of my favourite races here in Toronto (look out Zoo Run!). It’s a great course through downtown, it finishes blocks from my condo, and it is all  downhill! (although not really).

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TYS10K Shake Out Run. Photo by Canada Running Series

What definitely causes this race to take the lead is social media presence and connection to community. For the past two years I have had the amazing opportunity to become a Digital Champion for this race. A DC is someone who loves social media and loves running, so what’s better then fusing those two into an awesome online community which creates awareness for the race by sharing what we love, to run. The Canada Running Series also reached out to Tribe this year and featured us as one of their three training clubs. We ended up with 21 runners racing under the Tribe name, although we also had a number of our runners as DC’s so they didn’t count in this and this partnership only furthered our connection with the Canada Running Series and Toronto running community allowing us to share our #TribeLove with an even greater network.

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Driving to the Finish Line. Thanks for the photo Alex!

For me this race is always about pacing. It often involves me starting off way to quick and at about 8km, cursing myself for not pacing properly – this year was no different. I’m starting to think that this race and this situation is my pacing wake up call for the rest of the year – I remember how awful it felt (although I still met my race goal) and that keeps my head in the game for the rest of the season. I joke about the downhill (which I think is part of my pacing problem) because pretty much everyone promotes the race as being downhill – well it’s not. There are two ups, which often catch first timers off guard and regularly become the first thing out of their mouths when finished “I thought it was all downhill?!?!” hehe, nope.

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Some of the Tribe Heading to Brunch

This year I loved having so many people from my community running and cheering. The Tribe cheer crew has become a staple in Toronto races and people are starting to look for us (and miss us when we’re not there). Everyone from Tribe met their race goals at this event and it was awesome to be there with them.

The weather was amazing, the race is always beyond well organized, and the CRS have the most rocking on course volunteers supporting and cheering. Lots of fuel is always to be had by those who need it, and lots of on course music and fun. Definitely a great race for first time 10km-ers and those trying for a personal best – hey it’s all downhill! (Well not quite).

Toronto Yonge St 10km

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Since January I’ve been fairly open with my 2013 goal to qualify for Boston, totally ambitious, but I’m excited to declare it and make it happen! One of my strategies to get a faster race time is to add more races to my program. How do you race faster? By running more races faster! So here I go!

One of the races that I’ve added to my list is the Canadian Running Series Toronto Yonge St 10km run. This will be my first time racing the Toronto Yonge St 10km, although living downtown I’ve cheered at it over the last couple years. It starts up Yonge and ends at Fort York, almost my back yard, so how could I not run!

So far there have been many highlights (including being asked to be one of their #DigitalChampions) but also the oh so nice downhill route to enjoy (looking forward to practicing for my goal marathon race my quick leg turn over) as well as the ton of SWAG! Hats, race shirts, two free Tune Up Training Runs through the Running Room (I’ll see you there March 10th!) and training shirts – oh my! (confessions of a swag addict here)

For me this race will be a stepping stone to my big goal, and an integral part of my Boston Qualifying training.  If you’re looking for a spring 10km, something quick and downhill, or a shorter one leading up to a spring Marathon, consider adding this one to your 2013 race schedule!

Event details:

Date: Sunday April 21, 2013
Start Time: 9:00am
Location: Yonge St, downtown Toronto
Course: Down Yonge St from north of Eglinton to west of Bathurst on Fort York Blvd
Kit Pickup & Mini-Expo: Friday Apr 19 11am–7pm
Saturday Apr 20 10am–5pm
Pickup at: Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, — 123 Queen Street West

Webiste:                      http://www.canadarunningseries.com/toronto10k/index.htm