Commonwealth Games bound marathoner Liam Adams will look to claim his fourth Bank of us Run The Bridge crown when he takes on the 10km race on the streets of Hobart on February 18.
Fresh off being named in the Australian team for the Gold Coast Games in April, he will be joined by fellow games bound marathon Lisa Weightman as the pair choose to use the race as a vital hit-out prior to the games
.Adams won Australia's richest 10km road race in 2013, 2014 and 2016 when he won the inaugural 'battle of the sexes' competition, a title he thinks might be in favour of the women for 2018.
"Although she might be in a hard training block too, I still think Lisa firms as favourite to cross the line first.
"She’ll have a huge jump on the elite men but I also reckon she could possibly be in the shape to smash her course record. She’ll definitely be tough to catch," the Victorian said.
The Electrician has made winning on the streets of Hobart a favourite past time in recent years, adding a pair of Cadbury Half Marathon crowns to his resume in 2016 and again last month.
Since his half marathon win on 14th January, he's been smashing the mileage in readiness for his second Commonwealth Games marathon.
"The training for commonwealth games is going well."I’ve really up the ante these last two weeks and the body has responded well so far. The next few weeks will be even harder so hopefully I continue to respond well and be fresh enough to run a fast 10km," he said.
Adams owns the second and third fastest times on the course, clocking the same winning time of 29:03 in 2014 and 2016. However last year he lost his race record to fellow Olympian Dave McNeill.
"If I’m to get anywhere near her (Lisa), I’d probably need to take back the course record off David McNeill. I don’t think I’m in that shape just yet but hopefully all my longer training can equate to a fast 10km.
"I’ll definitely be trying my best to catch the girls," he declared.
In addition to Adams, a number of top flight men are heading to Hobart for the race, including;
More names will be announced in the lead up, including a number of international athletes.
The Bank of us Run The Bridge is on Sunday 18th February and includes four events;
Entries are open online until midnight Tuesday 13th February at hobartrunthebridge.com.au