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Charlottetown runway run draws almost 300

Peterson finishes first with 19:42 time

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 21, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – There were several winners on the Charlottetown Airport runway here yesterday, but the real winner appears to be the P.E.I. chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
The charity will be the recipient of a donation from the Flypei Runway Run 5K, which took place on Saturday, May 20.
“I don’t know the final total raised, but I think we raised a lot of money for Cystic Fibrosis, which is the most important thing,” said Vanessa Smith, manager of marketing and communications at the airport.

Runners prepare to start the annual Flypei Runway Run 5K in Charlottetown on Saturday, May 20.

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Smith

There were 325 runners who registered for the event, and 292 who ended up participating, a turnout that Smith was pleased with, especially the unexpected 65 walk-on registrations that morning.
“It went great,” she said. “It was really windy, but the turnout was awesome and everyone I think had a really good time.”
The numbers were likely affected by the weather, she said.
“I think the fact that Thursday and Friday were so beautiful here in P.E.I. encouraged a lot of people to sign up and do it,” said Smith. “It turned out to not be so sunny.”
Leading the pack was Samuel Peterson with a time of 19:42, followed by Jacob Ezeard at 20:20 and Dennis Gallant at 20:53.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Top females were Tori Fitzpatrick at 21:54, followed closely by Rebekah Nitschmann at 21:58, and Sophie Peterson at 23:07.
“The run was great,” said Nitschmann. “The wind made it quite a long first half of the race. It was my first race on P.E.I. so I was really happy with my results.”
She said the event was very well organized, with great gifts for participants.
“I will be looking forward to doing another run in the future,” she said.