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Library programming in
Eastern PEI gets a boost

Racing to Read raises about $1,000 for cause

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 4, 2017

MONTAGUE, P.E.I. – Their preferred distance may have changed this year, but the result of the second annual Racing to Read was the same – money raised for local library programming.
Around 54 people took part in this year’s event, which included half marathon, 10K and 5K runs, as well as a 2.5K walk, taking place on Sunday, Sept. 3.
“The most interesting aspect of the race – last year the majority of people participated in the 5K,” said race director Grace Dawson. “This year, the half marathon was the most popular route. And some pretty impressive times were achieved as well.”

The second annual Racing to Read event took place in Montague, P.E.I. on Sunday, Sept. 3, with 54 people taking part, and about $1,000 raised for library programming in Eastern Prince Edward Island.

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Those impressive times came from the likes of Charlottetown’s Vincent Merriam, who was first across the finish line at the 1:22:34 mark.
Merriam was thrilled with the race, especially the coupons from Cow’s Ice Cream he received as a prize.
“It was a perfect sunny morning for the race on this scenic course,” he said, yesterday. “My fall marathon training has been going well and I felt great running this morning.”
Following Merriam in second place was Mike Peterson, who finished with a time of 1:23:28. James Walker placed third at 1:28:12.
Among females, Connie Coffin finished first at 1:43:04, followed by Patricia Reddick at 1:44:51, and Natalie Chaisson at 1:54:10.
For complete results, visit the PEI Roadrunners page here .
In the 10K, 16-year-old Samuel Peterson finished first with a time of 39:49, followed by Dan McCarthy at 46:05, and top female Charley Johnston at 47:54.
Johnston was happy with her result, but said the race was quite a challenge.
“To be honest, I had a tough run today,” she said.
“I haven’t run since the run in Georgetown and I definitely felt it.
That being said, it was the perfect day to run and I am glad I did.”
She said it was rewarding to crest each hill on the course, and the last 2K stretch was “killer” but worthwhile.
“It was sunny, a great temperature and a great turnout for a great cause,” said Johnston. “I love the support that everyone gives you. And crossing the finish line with so many skilled runners was such an honour.”
Finishing second among females was Doris Ward at the 50:58 mark, followed by third place male Oskar Sigtryggsson at 51:24. Cheryl Jeffery-Landry was the third female at 56:54.
The 5K race saw 16-year-old Jessica Turbide finish first at the 25:23 mark, followed by Susan Shive at 28:20, and Emily Smith at 29:10. Top males were Daniel McCarron at 29:48, Eric Deveau at 29:59, and Tomas Sigtryggsson at 32:03.
About $1,000 was raised for local library programming in Eastern Prince Edward Island, according to Dawson.