Runners converged on St. John's on Sunday morning to race in the 86 annual Tely 10 Mile Road Race, and a newcomer from Nova Scotia took the winner's title.
Daniel McNeil, from Glace Bay, N.S., was the first runner to cross the finish line at Bannerman Park in downtown St. John's, clocking in at 51 minutes and 10 seconds.
It was his first time running the race, but he was leading the pack from early on.
"It was tough — running hard, and there's some hills, some ups and downs," McNeil said. "It's hard on the legs, but I was happy when I got that last kilometre to go, and it was just a nice downhill to the finish, I knew I was almost there, so that was nice."
McNeil has been running races all summer as part of his training for running in the Chicago Marathon in October.
"This race, the Tely 10 here today, sort of fit in with my training … I mean historically, it's been a very strong race with some good runners, so I wanted to come and have a go at it here today," he said.
Lisa Harvey, 43, took the first spot for the women, and she's not a stranger to the race.
This win is number seven for Harvey, who came from Calgary for the race and to visit family.
Harvey said she wasn't sure how the race was going to go, because there was a lot of humidity in the morning and she had a rough start.
"In the beginning, I kind of had a foot cramp, so I was trying to run flat-footed for a bit, and there was another girl quite close, so I didn't know what was going to happen," Harvey said. "But then that relaxed and I was able to keep going."
More than 3,300 runners took part in the event, and runners came from the U.S., U.K., and even Qatar to compete.