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Fall fun at the Wally Rodd run

Windy but sunny day for Charlottetown race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Nov. 5, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – The came, they ran, and some of them dropped pumpkins off the roof of the Rodd Charlottetown hotel.
The annual Wally Rodd Road Race was another success yesterday, drawing more than 200 runners on a windy but sunny Island day.
“The Wally Rodd is a great event,” said Kristy Newson of Stratford, who finished as the top female in the 10K race, with a time of 41:29. “There was a strong headwind today on the way out, but one advantage of an out-and-back course is that we knew we would have the tailwind on the way home.”

The Wally Rodd Road Race took place in Charlottetown on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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She commended race director Gary Craswell and all the volunteers for putting on another great event.
“I’m happy with my run… and the event is always well organized with a fun social afterwards,” said Newson.
Finishing first overall in the 10K was Ryan Merrett of Summerside with a time of 36:26, followed by Steve Reeves at 37:13 and Vincent Merriam at 37:22.
Finishing second among females was Charlotte Gardiner at 42:59, followed by Charley Macintyre at 45:40.
In the 5K race, it was local runner Alec Brown finishing in first place with a time of 17:28.
“It was a good course, no too hilly, and had some nice flats,” he said. “However, the wind became a factor in the final 2K of the race, especially for UPEI teammate Jeremy Thompson and I, as neither of us had anyone to split the wind with.”
Coming off the AUS cross country championships last week, Brown said he was looking for a faster time, but is looking forward to some more races in the spring.
Finishing in second place was Jacob Ezeard at 18:51, followed by Aivar Koppel at 19:18.
The top female finisher was Daun Lynch of Charlottetown, who crossed the line with a new course record at the 20:11 mark.
Lynch has run a lot of races around the Maritimes, but said the Wally Rodd is one she would do again.
“I feel like it needs more advertising, because the post-race events are amazing,” she said. “My three-year-old son loved the pumpkin toss. All in all, it was a great event for a really worthy cause.”
Proceeds from the event go to the ALS society. Some of those funds come from the $1 each person pays to drop a pumpkin off the roof after the run.
Finishing second among females was Emma Moore at 20:52, followed by Leanne Vessey at 21:54.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .