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Paula Findlay Runs Fast 10K In Vancouver

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ITU star places second at 27th annual Sun Run 10K through Vancouver streets.

Lucy Njeri of Kenya captured her first Sun Run title in her first try Sunday as she completed the 10K course in a time of 33:41, beating 21-year-old Edmonton triathlon star Paula Findlay by six seconds.

Runner-up Findlay was pleased with her result considering she just arrived back in Canada a week ago after winning an International Triathlon Union event in Sydney, Australia. She was also pleasantly surprised to learn that her second place prize money of $1,000 was only part of her bounty. Like men’s winner Eric Gillis of Guelph, she earned a $2,000 bonus for being top Canadian.

“Oh, cool,” said Findlay with a smile. “I’ll have to go shopping tomorrow.”

She admitted she had a bit of a rough week adjusting to the Pacific time zone after her stay in Australia and that her preparation for the Sun Run could have been better.

However, she did improve on her time of last year–her first Sun Run–by 13 seconds. She finished in 34 seconds flat in 2010.

Read More: Vancouver Sun