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First Crossman open mile ends in tie

Hourihan, McQuade race to photo finish

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 13, 2017

LEWISVILLE, N.B. – If Paul Thibodeau was looking for a dramatic finish for the first Crossman Invitational Open Mile, he got it. If he wanted a clear winner, however, he was not so lucky.
Sacha Hourihan and Colin McQuade raced to a tie at the inaugural race, both crossing the finish line at the 5:22 mark.
“Sacha led the whole way and Colin, not being a miler, started out at a more conservative pace but caught up at the last possible second,” said Thibodeau, race director for the event. “It was a photo finish, too close to call.”

Sacha Hourihan and Colin McQuade tied for first place at the inaugural Crossman Invitational Open Mile race in Lewisville today.

Photo courtesy of Paul Thibodeau

Although only 11 runners turned out for the event, they were treated to beautiful temperatures and great race conditions.
It was also a day of tremendous performances, with New Brunswick running legend Patty Blanchard shattering the previous one-mile record of 9:57 in the 60-69 age category, running a 6:07 today.
Meeting Blanchard was the highlight of the day for Hourihan, who was pleased with the event.
“I really enjoyed the one-mile race and was happy I could be a part of the first annual one,” she said. “Paul did a wonderful job organizing the race and promoting it.”
The finish with McQuade was icing on the cake for her.
“It was a fast mile and Colin snuck up on me at the end,” said Hourihan. “I am honoured to share the course record and trophy with him.”
Still recovering from an impressive performance at the Boston Marathon last month, McQuade, said he took part today because he wanted to be a part of history. He started his day with an 8K warm-up out of the local YMCA, and decided to play things by ear in the race.
“Surprisingly, I had a great paced run from start to finish,” said McQuade. “Down the hill, I held my pace back. There were two runners ahead, and I felt good to increase my effort up the hill. I saw Sacha working consistently uphill reaching the final ¼ and I knew she was not going to be easy to catch up with.”
The small group made for an even better memory for McQuade.
“It was a great day for a tie,” he said.