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Nov 14
Kwantlen Park's Delcourt is B.C.'s fastest cross-country racer

Tim Delcourt goes for a run as often as he brushes his teeth: twice a day.

“You have to really develop the body aerobically and the only way to do that is through long, sustained runs,” says Tim, a Grade 12 student at Kwantlen Park Secondary.

Tim’s twice daily runs around Surrey and Vancouver – before and after school – paid off on Saturday when he won the senior boys’ title at the 2012 B.C. High School Cross Country Championships in Prince George.timNEWS1.jpg

Navigating an often snow-covered course, Tim finished the 6.3-kilometre route in 22:20 – 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from Oak Bay. His win helped push the Kwantlen Park Timberwolves with Dustin Johnson, Michael Abreha, Mtwkl Mohmed, Ahmad Bhamji and Adrian Chavarria to fourth in the province. The boys’ teams from North Surrey, Fleetwood Park and Semiahmoo finished 10th, 15th and 18th, respectively, with more than 100 schools participating.

Meanwhile in the girls’ division, the first place team title went to Semiahmoo Secondary with Fleetwood Park finishing 20th.

See full results here.

Tim has been logging 100 kilometres a week for months to train for the provincials, and it’s a competition that’s been in his sights since he started running competitively five years ago. The 17-year-old credits his mentors at Old Yale Road Elementary for finding his talent and introducing him to the sport, and coach Scott Kent for providing the formula over five years to win the race.

“I’ve had a lot of support over the years from my school, my coaches and my family,” says Tim.

Tim’s technique in Prince George was to run at a relaxed pace for the first four kilometres of the hilly course, and finish the final 2.5 kilometres with all he had. He prepared for the frigid temperature in Prince George by training with fewer pieces of clothing than usual.

With a provincial title under his belt, Tim’s next goal is to pursue running at the university level.

“There will be a day when I won’t be able to run, and that’s why it’s also important for me to get a university education,” he says.



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