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Distance of choice still 21.1K at Halifax Hypo Half

Juurlink first across the half marathon line at 1:20:28

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 15, 2017

HALIFAX – The 10K and 5K distances were added this year, but it was still 21.1 kilometres that most runners were interested in at this year’s Hypothermic Half Marathon in Halifax.
The event was held on Sunday, Jan. 15, starting and finishing near the Ashburn Golf Club on Joseph Howe Drive, making extensive use of the Chain of Lakes Trail.
The event went well, according to John Acheson, events manager for the Running Room, which puts on the Hypothermic Half series. He was not surprised that 178 of the 235 runners opted for the half marathon distance.

Rachel Millar looks for some congratulatory hugs after finishing the 10K at the Hypothermic Half in Halifax on Jan. 15.

Photos by Andrew Wagstaff

“The half is the premiere event,” he said. “For a lot of people it’s their first race while training through the winter. Many of them are getting ready for spring marathon season, so this is a good test for them.
“But in many ways it’s still just a fun run,” he added.
While there is no doubt the runners were having fun, it did not keep them from laying down some solid times. First across the finish line for the half was Mike Juurlink, with a time of 1:20:28.
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Juurlink said he was happy with the conditions, a mix of sun and cloud with a -6 temperature, as January can be unpredictable.
For him, preparation paid off.
“My club, the Halifax Road Hammers, spent a lot of time in the fall training on the trail, so I knew what to expect course-wise,” he said. “You run uphill for 5K, and then get it all back. The double out and back provided some nice variety.”

Meghan and David Hapgood were first in the 5K.

Daniel Quinn was the first 10K finisher.

Mike Juurlink was the first place finisher in the half marathon.

Sarah Macdonald was the top female finisher in the half marathon.

He ran at his marathon pace going up the hill, and half marathon pace on the way down, producing a result that he was quite happy with.
“I’m planning on racing a half marathon in Montreal in April, so this was a good step towards getting fit for that race,” said Juurlink.
Also putting in a solid performance was Sarah Macdonald, who was the top female finisher with a 1:34:14 time. She said the race felt great, with more sun than wind, allowing her to warm up fast.
“It was nice seeing the other runners a couple of times on the out and back course,” she said. “I was happy with my result and will use it as motivation to keep up with training throughout the winter.”
Daniel Quinn was the top 10K finisher at 43:22, while Anna Bakowsky was the first female across the line with a time of 51:36. David and Meghan Hapgood were tops in the 5K event, crossing the finish line together at 28:39.
Next up in the Hypo Half series will be the Moncton event on Sunday, Feb. 5.
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