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More than 400 take part in
MEC Musquodoboit race

Mountain View Runners win participation trophy

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 25, 2017

MUSQUODOBOIT, N.S. – Although she matched her PB in the 5K, yesterday’s MEC race was all about the team, for Paula James.
As part of the fourth run of their annual trail racing series in Musquodoboit, MEC Halifax offered a club participation challenge, and the Windsor runner wanted her team, the Mountain View Runners, to take home the trophy.
“All week I was involved in promoting the race,” she said. “I even pulled my two sleeping teenagers out of bed at 6:30 a.m. to race it. Truthfully, I had no race plan whatsoever. I was totally focused on the team challenge.”

The MEC Halifax trail racing series continued on Sunday, Sept. 24 with its fourth installment of the year, this one in Musquodoboit, which saw more than 400 runners compete in 15K, 10K and 5K distances.

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Having no plan seems to have paid off for James, who finished the 5K race in a time of 18:16, matching the PB she set in the Sunset 5K at Maritime Race Weekend less than nine days earlier. And that race was all on asphalt.
“During the race, I just enjoyed a good, hard run, but didn’t worry about the time,” she said. “I did push myself to a fast fourth kilometer, just to test my toughness. I was super pleased to run that kilometer in 3:33.”
She was even more pleased for her team, which did take home that participation trophy.
Plenty of teams participated in the Sept. 24 event, including the Halifax Road Hammers, whose Drew Moore ran away with his own PB for a first place finish in the 15K.
“This was my first time doing this race on the MEC series and I really enjoyed it,” said Moore, who crossed the line at 55:23. “Even though it was humid, the trail was well shaded so I felt I stayed fairly cool. It also felt like a net downhill on the way back, so that helped me get my 15K PB.”
Finishing one minute behind Moore for second place at 56:23 was Matthew White, followed by Chris Creene at 56:31. Top females were Erika Aberg at 1:09:01, Morgan Book at 1:12:30, and Cheryl Smith at 1:13:02.
In the 10K race, it was Nicholas Thouin finishing in first place with a
time of 36:36, followed by Frank Reinhardt at 37:10, and Cordell
Shearer-Legge at 38:08. Top females were Lindsay
Lamrock at 40:43, Kim Flemming at 44:39, and Taylor Shupe at 47:29.
Gavin Hatheway was first across the line in the 5K race, which was part of the Run Nova Scotia Performance Series. Hatheway finished at the 16:04 mark.
“Other than a little slip at the 2.5K turnaround point, the trail was a beautiful place to run, with the tree canopy and the runners competing in the 15K, 10K, and 5K events cheering us on along the way,” he said. “I was also very happy to have a running buddy for a large bulk of the race. We traded off leading the path, weaving around the 15K racers, and sticking together until just before the last kilometer.”
That’s when Hatheway put a surge on to open a gap, and was able to run the last kilometer in under three minutes to maintain a strong finish.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with the race,” he said. “MEC did a great job organizing the event and making sure to order up some ideal running weather. I was also happy to have my last ‘road’ race on the dirt to help me transition into the cross-country season.”
Finishing in second place was Drew Somers at 16:16, followed by Wade Were at 17:00. Finishing second behind James among females was Chloe Austin at 18:58, followed by Grace Somers at 21:32.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
A total of 411 runners crossed the finish line in the three distances.
Next up for the MEC Halifax series will be the fifth and final race of the year, at Shubie Park in Dartmouth on Oct. 29.