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Flyin’ Feet raises $5,700 for MAF

Larade, Kelly finish first in five-mile race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 11, 2017

FREDERICTON – James Murphy can rest easy for another year.
Nicholas Larade was the winner of the annual MAF Flyin’ Feet Five Miler in Fredericton on Saturday, finishing just 11 seconds shy of the 29:56 course record set by Murphy in 2016.
“It didn’t go too badly,” said Larade. “I was hoping to beat my friend James’s record from last year, but I let up a little towards the end and didn’t realize I could still make time until it was just too late.”
His time of 30:07 was good for first place overall in the fourth annual event. Mike Davis came in second at 32:21, followed by Gary Simmonds at 36:03.

Lori Campbell (left) and Lynette Copeland were among the participants in the fourth annual Flyin’ Feet Five Miler in Fredericton on Saturday, June 10.

Photo courtesy of Sole2Soul Runners

Top females were Patricia Kelly at 38:59, Gabby Kozak at 41:42, and Cheryl Rees at 42:07.
For the complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
It was Larade’s first time running the event, although he was quite familiar with the course, which takes place on the trails at Odell Park. Overall, he said he felt pretty good.
“I felt about as good as you can feel when trudging up the hills in Odell,” he said. “You finish on a decent uphill. If you’ve gone out too hard, you pay for it at the end.”
Both Larade and Kelly received cash prizes of $150 for their efforts.
The real winner, of course, was the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), and former area couple Chaundra and Matt Eagar. The event raised $5,700 for their cause.
“It was a great morning,” said race director Jill Kozak. “The weather was perfect. Volunteers were pumped and runners had a fantastic time.”
A total of 57 runners turned out for the five-mile race, while 31 children took part in the kids’ run.