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Hipson takes first at
Frostbite 5-Miler

Coldest run in event history, says Duguay

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 12, 2017

LOWER SACKVILLE, N.S. – Frostbite would have been more likely today than the originally scheduled date of the Frostbite 5-Miler last month, but 144 runners turned out to take part this afternoon.
The temperature sunk to around -20 degrees with the wind chill for the event, making it the coldest one ever, according to race director Tim Duguay.
“I can’t get over how many people turned out to run in the cold,” he said. “It blows my mind away. We had a lot of people sign up, and the amount of funds we have for Beacon House should be very positive.”

Runners get underway at the annual Frostbite 5-Miler in Lower Sackville, N.S. on March 12.

Lamrock Photography

He gave special credit to the team of volunteers who stood out in the cold for the duration of the five-mile event.
In the end it was Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth who was first across the finish line with a time of 29:11, a bit slower than his 28:39 second place finish at last year’s run. Finishing second this year was Adrian Nauss at 32:36 and Monier Chediac at 32:54.
Top female finisher was Lindsay Lamrock, whose 33:20 time bettered her performance last year by 23 seconds. Denita Hammond was second among females at 33:25, followed by Kyla Gillis at 35:07.
For complete official results, visit Atlantic Chip here .
Lamrock is still not 100 per cent recovered from a foot injury, but said she was happy with her time overall.
“The race was very well organized and, even though it was chilly, supporting a good cause with like-minded people makes it all worth it,” she said.
The run had originally been scheduled for Feb. 19, which happened to be Lamrock’s birthday. It was postponed due to safety concerns, as high snow banks in the residential portion of the run created visibility issues with traffic. As for temperature, that day turned out to be about 10 degrees above zero.
“Although I was very disappointed it was postponed, as many were, it was well worth the wait,” she said. “It was probably the coldest race or run I’ve done yet.”
Despite the postponement, the event was sold out, and Duguay has no regrets about the decision.
“All the postponement did was keep everyone safe,” he said. “Even though today was so cold, at least it was still visible. The only thing we had to do was get people from start to finish so they could go inside and warm up.”
A hot bowl of soup awaited finishers at the Sackville High School Cafeteria.
“I’ve never seen so many smiling, cold faces,” said Duguay.