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Marlin run draws small turnout

Weather takes cold turn hours before race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 20, 2017

MORELL, P.E.I. – In the end, it was not the turnout he expected, but the same experience was gained for the student organizers, according to race director Tyler Read.
The Marlin Fun Run in Morell on Friday evening drew only 29 participants for all three distances, with 20 taking part in the 5K, eight running the 15K, and only one in the 10K.
“I think the weather scared everyone… it was a poor turnout,” said Read. “At about 3:30 it was 23-24 degrees, but two hours later it was single digits. It just moved in, and I think a lot of local people that normally come out did not.”

Participants take off in the annual Marlin Fun Run in Morell, P.E.I. on Friday, May 19.

Photo by j. norman-bain

In the 15K, it was Mike Peterson, finishing first at 1:00:26, followed by Alex Bain at 1:05:00, and top female Natalie Dallaire at 1:08:55. Third male was Alan Easton at 1:14:25, while other top females were Stacey Kuypers at 1:25:09 and Cathy Vanlderstine at 1:29:22.
School principal John Crawford was the lone 10K participant, crossing the line at 1:03:25.
For results, visit the PEI RoadRunners website here.
Those who did come out and take part in the event enjoyed themselves, however. The event was organized by the leadership class at Morell Regional High School, and students were involved in everything from providing musical entertainment, gathering prizes, to running the barbecue.
“Everyone enjoyed it,” said Read. “There were tonnes of student volunteers, and the leadership class did an awesome job organizing it. Whether there is 300 here, or 30 people, it’s the same amount of organizing and work that goes into it.”
He also received positive feedback on the course, which was an out-and-back with some decent climbs.