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Into the Sunset

Over 2,000 take part in Maritime Race Weekend kickoff

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 15, 2017

EASTERN PASSAGE, N.S. – Tim Huebsch had never been to the Maritimes before. He’s making the most of it.
The Toronto runner finished first in Maritime Race Weekend’s Sunset 5K in Eastern Passage this evening, crossing the line at the 16:26 mark, holding up his phone for a live broadcast on Facebook all the way.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a race as crowd-pumping like that,” said Huebsch. “An out-and-back course like that is perfect for people in the back seeing what’s happening in the race as well as people in the front. You can kind of see how many people participate in a race like this.”

Tim Huebsch of Toronto broadcasts his race live on Facebook as he crosses the finish line in first place at Maritime Race Weekend’s Sunset 5K in Eastern Passage, N.S. on Friday, Sept. 15.

Andrew Wagstaff photo

From Fisherman’s Cove along Shore Road was a sea of people, many of them dressed for the pirate theme, from start to finish. More than 2,000 people took part in the 7 p.m. evening race.
“It’s a gorgeous course,” said Huebsch, who is scheduled to take part in the 10K race Saturday morning. “The first kilometer or so is uphill, but I like having hills early in the race like that, just to get them out of the way.”
His strong finish came after a long day of traveling from Ontario, but he said his East Coast experience has been “fantastic.”
Finishing tied for second place were local runners Nick McBride and Lee McCarron of the Halifax Road Hammers at the 17:19 mark.
The top female finisher was Paula James of Windsor, who recorded a new PB in the 5K with a blazing time of 18:16.
“I went hard all the way, but it’s got to be hard to get a PB, so it was awesome,” said James, who had set her previous PB of 18:43 at the Osprey 5K in Riverport four months ago. “I figured when I set it in May that I should be able to beat it in September, so I was hoping.”
Her result came after a last-minute wardrobe change, which may have made a huge difference in her performance.
“I was dressed as a pirate at first, but then I was too hot,” said James. “At about 6:32 I decided, I can’t do this, so I quickly borrowed a shirt that was extra large but a friend adjusted it for me.”
It was her first time competing at Maritime Race Weekend, an experience she won’t soon forget.
“It was non-stop people cheering,” she said. “I’ve never had a crowd like that ever, so that was fun.”
Finishing second among females was young Mikayla Boucher at the 19:01 mark, followed by Corinne Fournier at 19:27.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Next up for Maritime Race Weekend will be a busy day on Saturday, which will include the Sunrise 5K as well as a full marathon, half marathon and 10K, all starting at 8 a.m., and concluding with the new 15K race at 4 p.m.