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Run for Renee returns May 21

Strowbridge expecting 30-40 runners for long weekend event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 18, 2017

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – With the long Victoria Weekend on the way, Dean Strowbridge is expecting an increase in numbers at the second Run for Renee 5K event of the 2017 series.
The May run will take place on Sunday, May 21 in Quispamsis.
“We have 25-26 signed up now, and usually Friday we get a big burst of people,” said Strowbridge, who started the series last year as a fundraiser for the kidney foundation in memory of his mother. “So I’m predicting, where it’s a long weekend, between 30-40.”
The Run for Renee does not allow same-day registrations, in order to keep administration at the site to a minimum, he explained.

Evan Arsenault (left) and Dean Strowbridge in last year’s May Run for Renee 5K. This year’s May event will take place on Sunday, May 21.

Photo courtesy of Run for Renee 5K

“We’re a no frills race so we try to keep it simple for us as well, and I think that’s really worked well,” he said. “I’m finding the runners we have for this, where we’re a small race, everybody seems to be really close-knit and love the atmosphere we have. It’s something I’ve noticed because we’re getting a lot of repeat runners.”
The Run for Renee may be small, but it has proven to be a fast course and an appealing option to any runner seeking a PB in the 5K. James Murphy and Sacha Hourihan set the bar high at last year’s run with their respective times of 15:48 and 18:25.
Strowbridge is expecting attendance to peak at the event for the June and July runs, as well as the October closer, which features a closing awards banquet. But he hinted that something special is also in store for the September run this year.
“We have a bit of a surprise but I can’t announce it yet,” he said. “There is big news coming for September.”
For more about the Run for Renee 5K, visit here .