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Lee, McCullough place first at annual Run for Shelter

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 10, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Michelle McCullough woke up Saturday morning to pouring rain in Fredericton. She was heading to Saint John for the annual Run for Shelter event.
“My first thought was, I am glad I have a roof over my head right now,” she said. “It puts the reason for this run into perspective, that’s for sure – running for shelter for those less fortunate.”
Held at the Irving Nature Park, the Sept. 9 event was a fundraiser for three Saint John organizations providing shelter for those less fortunate – Outflow, the Coverdale Centre for Women, and Partners for Youth. A total of 73 runners and 18 walkers crossed the finish line at this year’s event. A 1K kids’ run was also held.

A total of 91 runners and walkers, as well as many youngsters on hand for the kids’ run, turned out for the annual Run for Shelter at the Irving Nature Park in Saint John, N.B. on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Running Room Events on Facebook

McCullough finished as the top female with a time of 24:49.
“Run for Shelter is a great event,” she said. “Last year I had to do the virtual run because I was the weekend it was being held, so I was happy to be able to make it in person this year.”
Seeing many businesses support the cause with time and donations was also great to see, according to McCullough, who thanked the organizing committee and all volunteers for their efforts.
She said she would highly recommend this run as one the whole family can participate in.
“It’s nice to know that something I enjoy doing – running – can be used in a way to help those less fortunate,” she said. “I hope this event continues for years to come.”
Scott Lee finished in third place at last year’s event, his first time ever hitting the top three in a race. He topped that this year, finishing first overall with a time of 20:20.
“I had fun at last year’s event, and this year it seemed to get better,” he said, yesterday. “Today was my oldest daughter’s eighth birthday, and the 1K kids’ run was something she specifically asked to do.”
Everything was well organized, and the volunteers were great, according to Lee.
“Even being a net downhill, it’s a pretty challenging 5K because of all of the ups and downs,” he said. “Fortunately, the rain we’ve had lately had the dirt packed down pretty nicely, which helped.”
Finishing second behind Lee was Blair Bass at 21:07, followed by George Daniel at 21:11.
Finishing second among females behind McCullough was Sarah O’Rourke at 26:40, followed by Sarah Holland at 27:16.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .