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Conditions perfect for Saint John Hypo Half

Nichols places first in half at 1:34:42

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Feb. 19, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – There are not many warm days along the Saint John Harbour in February, but those participating in the city’s Hypothermic Half today lucked into one.
Conditions were in fact perfect for this year’s run, according to those who organized and participated in it.
“It was pretty warm,” said John Acheson, Atlantic region events coordinator for The Running Room. “There was no wind, there was great scenery, and it was probably one of the warmest Hypo Halves we’ve had in the region.”

Veronique La Salle and Jeffrey St-Pierre were among those running the half marathon at the Hypothermic Half in Saint John, N.B. this morning.

Photo courtesy of the Atlantic Running Room Events Facebook page

She said the runners appreciated the organizers and enthusiastic volunteers, as well as the swag and finisher’s medals, and the buffet breakfast.
“I was pleased with my run and wasn’t sure what to expect, given the hills,” said Bower, who said she would like to try the Hypo Half in either Halifax or Moncton next year. “Finishing in under an hour was just fine by me.”
Mary-Claire Sanderson was the top finisher in the 5K with a 35:24 time, followed closely by lone male Michael Hobson at 35:28 and Joanne Ling at 35:32. Michelle Pugh was the third female at 37:43.
It was a positive experience all around for Sanderson.
"It was a great run, and not nearly as cold as I thought it would be," she said. "It felt a bit like a Hypothermic race by the end, so I probably could have shed some layers at the beginning."
Although she had planned to run solo, she said she ended up running with a great couple of people for the duration of the race, including a running buddy to grab her if she slipped on the minimal ice.
Complete results can be found at the Atlantic Running Room Events Facebook page here.
The Saint John wraps up the Hypo Half series in Atlantic Canada this year, and Acheson he was pleased with all of the races.
“At the end of the day, I’m kind of playing Russian roulette with the storm seasons and everything like that, and it seemed to hit the mark just right this year,” he said. “With Halifax or this one, if they were held literally a few days before, they could have been completely different types of Hypos. Everything was clear, it was warm, and really perfect conditions for running.”
The half marathon drew 40 participants, while 21 opted for the 10K and only six took part in the 5K. The shorter distances were offered for the first time at the Atlantic hypo Half events this year.
Placing first in the half marathon was Timothy Nichols with a time of 1:34:42, followed by Kyle Kilpatrick at 1:36:05, and Shawn McGrath at 1:43:10. Top females were Maxine Durepos at 1:47:51, Adrienne Fullerton at 1:55:23 and Susan Teakles at 1:58:30.
Being her first half marathon in the winter, Durepos said she was not sure what to expect. She had heard it was a hilly route, and di not want to push herself too much at the beginning. All in all, she said she was happy with her achievement.
“I had a great run, felt awesome the whole way through, although the last two km are a constant incline that makes you wonder if the race will ever end,” she said. “That being said, all in all it was an awesome run, a nice course, and I am looking forward to challenging myself to get a better time next year!”
The 10K saw Scott Lee the first across the finish line at the 45:41 mark, followed by Brad Mitchell at 55:26 and Greg Picot at 56:32. The top female was Andrea Bower at 56:46, followed by Grace Samson at 59:17, and Mary Kuna at 1:02:23.
The event was fun, according to Bower, who said they lucked in with the +5 temperature. But that did not mean the race was easy.
“The biggest challenges on the course were definitely the snow banks
left over from two recent blizzards, which sometimes made for tricky
running with the traffic,” she said. “The second biggest challenge was,
of course, the infamous hills of Saint John (the last one leading to the
finish, in particular.) Ouch.”