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Oyster Shuffle welcomes 10K, 5K runners on July 30

Annual Tyne Valley event attracts 45 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 31, 2017

TYNE VALLEY, P.E.I. – After organizing her own run the day before, Stephanie Barry-Benadik got to enjoy this one as a runner, and she made the most of it.
Barry-Benadik was the top female finisher in the 10K at the Oyster Shuffle in Tyne Valley, P.E.I. on Sunday, July 30, after celebrating a successful Cavendish Homestead Boogie Run on Saturday.
“I really enjoy checking out new events, and it was neat to see Tyne Valley as a runner,” she said. “The course was well marked, the water stations easy to access, and the volunteers super friendly and helpful.”

Runners head out on the annual Oyster Shuffle in Tyne Valley, P.E.I. on Sunday, July 31.

Photo by j. norman-bain

The out-and-back course on the Bideford Road featured both 5K and 10K races, with a total of 45 participants crossing the finish line.
Barry-Benadik had been bicycling the course of her Cavendish run several times over the previous two days, and said her legs were a little stiff as a result. She finished with a time of 51:11.
“I enjoyed the wooden km markers, and everyone won a door prize, which was an unexpected bonus,” she said. “It was really hot and the course was rolly, which I wanted for training.”
Finishing first overall in the 10K was Alex Bain, who had run the 16K-plus race in Cavendish the day before.
Bain said he enjoyed the Tyne Valley event.
“It’s a beautiful course,” he said. “I had a good run.”
Finishing second was Paul Burnley, with a time of 45:37, followed by David Perry at 47:22. Top females behind Barry-Benedik were Terri Vanlderstine at 55:11, and Karen MacNeil at 56:57.
In the 5K race, it was Calvin DesRoches coming out on top with a time of 19:20.
“I have just returned to running after a short five-week layoff, recovering from a minor injury,” he said. “After recently running the Toronto marathon in May, it is surprising how fast one loses their respiratory fitness… the 5K was a challenge.”
DesRoches described it was a great rural event, with a focus on participation.
Finishing second in the 10K was 11-year-old Finn Donnelly at 21:43, followed by top female Rachel Donnelly at 22:16. The second female was Maria Musselman at 24:55, while third male was David Donnelly at 27:07.
Third female was Karen O’Brien at 29:53.
For complete results, visit the PEI Roadrunners page here.