Dylan Wykes is back.

The Canadian Olympian marathoner won Vancouver’s Eastside 10K on Saturday in 29:42. Wykes had not raced since the Olympic marathon last August due to an injury.

The women’s race was won by Lioudmila Kortchaguina, the current Canadian women’s marathon champ. She won comfortably in 33:57.

For their efforts both winners will take home $800, plus a $1000 bonus for setting the course records in the inaugural run of the event.

The race attracted over 1,500 runners. Wykes used the event to prepare for next week’s national 10K championships in Toronto. “This was a great rust-buster for me”, Wykes said after his win.  “It was nice to get back out there and post a positive result.  I am looking forward to racing next week.”

Wykes quickly cemented his dominance over the field by peeling off a fast first kilometre, gapping a chase pack by 50m. After a 14:32 first 5K, he slowed slightly and cruised in for the victory. Locals Richard Mosley (31:34) and David Jackson (31:55) took second and third.

Kortchaguina took control of the women’s race in much the same fashion.  The masters runner said that the race was a “hard training run and a speed workout”, to top off a 190km week. She is focusing on the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20.

Rachel Cliff was second place in 35:16. It was her debut at the distance. “It was tough.  It’s the farthest I’ve ever raced so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I loved the atmosphere and it was great to have the Eastside charities involved.” Sabrina Wilkie of Vancouver placed third in 35:31.

Canada Running Series put on the event and its president, Alan Brooks, was pleased with the turnout. “What a fabulous first edition. We are very proud to be able to race the Eastside and look forward to building this event into a big, national 10K.”

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