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Running for Renee in Quispamsis

Speedy 5K series returns for second year

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 13, 2017

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Six years ago today, Renee Strowbridge passed away after battling kidney disease. Last year, her son Dean started a running series in her memory, and that tradition will continue this year.
The annual Run for Renee 5K series will begin this year on Sunday, April 23, and continue on a monthly basis through to October, with runners accumulating points along the way.
“It would have been five years ago last year that she passed away, so I wanted to do something big for her,” said Strowbridge, of his mom. “Running is what I’m passionate about, so I thought I’d do these seven races, and it would be a good way to keep her name going.”

Runners celebrate after the running of the first Run for Renee 5K in Quispamsis, N.B. in April of 2016.

Photo courtesy of Run for Renee 5K, Facebook

Funds are collected through registration for each race, and delivered at the end of the year to kidney foundation. Last year the Run for Renee brought in a total of $1,500, and Strowbridge is hoping to reach the $10,000 mark eventually, raising enough for the purchase of a dialysis machine.
The series was well received in its first year.
“It’s been great,” he said. “People keep coming back, and at the end of the year we have prizes for the top winners. And I enjoy doing it.”
Other than those year-end prizes for the top three male and female point getters, the Run for Renee is a no frills event. It’s appeal lies with its cause and its fast point-to-point course, which saw many runners record their personal best 5K times last year. Held in Quispamsis, the race starts at the corner of Gondola Point Road and Vincent Road, following Gondola Point Road to a finish point close to the ferry. The course is mostly downhill for the first 2K, with some slight rolls near the finish.
Strowbridge described the course as one of the fastest in New Brunswick, and is expecting even faster times this year.
“I measured it last year with a wheel, but this year I had a guy measure it out professionally,” he said. “It turns out we were 50m long last year. This year we’re going to be bang on, so times could be even faster. I think numbers will go up from there.”
The Run for Renee is not all about speed, however, as walkers have also been welcomed, along with anyone else wishing to participate.
Registration for each race is capped at 50 participants, but typically draws an average of 20-30 per month.
“It’s the same course each month, so you can really judge your progression through this race,” said Strowbridge. “We’ve had a lot of people come back for a lot of races, so it’s been nice.”
For more information on the Run for Renee, visit here , or check out their Facebook page here .