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Tamara Jewett wins one of Canada’s biggest 10K races

Canadian star runs a minute faster than previous best at popular Sporting Life 10K in Toronto

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

On Mother’s Day, 20,000 eager runners took to Toronto’s Yonge Street for the annual Sporting Life 10K. This year’s race saw the highest number of female participants in race history, with more than 10,200 female finishers. Leading the way was Canadian triathlete Tamara Jewett, who won the race in 32 minutes and two seconds.

This is the third time Jewett has won the women’s race at the Sporting Life 10K. (She also won in 2018 and 2015.)


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“I think it’s been about five years since I laced up for a race,” Jewett wrote on Instagram. “This race is a Toronto classic (with about 20,000 runners this year!) from Midtown to Downtown down Yonge St and then along Lakeshore. I first ran it in high school, and this was my third time as the first woman (the last time I raced here was 2018!).”

Jewett is regarded as one of the top triathletes in the world for the half Ironman distance. She was a nationally competitive middle-distance runner on the track during her time at the University of Toronto before she moved to triathlon and is considered one of the fastest runners in the sport, having run 73:08 for a half-marathon split.

Tamara Jewett blasts through a 1:13 half-marathon to take a close second at Ironman 70.3 Augusta

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Tamara Jewett also won the Sporting Life 10K in 2018 and 2015. Photo: Zoomphoto Inc Event Photography

Her winning time at the Sporting Life 10K was the fastest women’s finishing time in the last decade. Jewett ran the race with her younger sister Rachel, who trains with Toronto’s Monarch Athletics Club and finished as the 24th woman.

Jewett’s big run on the weekend will be a welcome confidence booster after a couple of tough races to start the season at T100 Miami and Ironman 70.3 Oceanside – she failed to finish both races. Her next race will be another local (for her) event near Toronto, then T100 San Francisco.

The men’s race was won by Toronto’s Ben Shore in 29 minutes and 46 seconds.

For full results from the 2024 Sporting Life 10K, check here.

Each year, the Sporting Life 10K raises over a million dollars for Campfire Circle (previously Camp Oochigeas), which provides enriching experiences for young cancer patients. This year the race pledged to reach their goal of $2,000,000 and has raised $1,787,000 so far.