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Over the hills for Mikinduri

Fifty participants turn out for Stratford charity run

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 12, 2017

STRATFORD, P.E.I. – Fifty runners conquered a hilly race here on Sunday, all to help out a town in Kenya.
The annual Stratford Rotary Run for Mikinduri was declared a success on Sept. 10, despite slightly chilly weather and a threatening sky, according to race director Sandy McMillan.
“The runners were extraordinarily kind in their post-race assessments,” she said. “Many mentioned that it has become a yearly event on their calendar, as much for the challenges the two distances offer as for the variety of scenery – and the prizes.”

Heather MacAulay was among the participants taking part in the 15K race at the annual Stratford Rotary Run for Mikinduri in Stratford, P.E.I. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Photo by Winston Maund

Finishing second behind Newson was Tatiana Kelly at 1:07:11, followed by Grace Dawson at 1:13:25.
Dawson summed up the course with one word – tough.
“I haven’t been doing any extensive training since the spring, so I definitely felt the hills, but that was all part of the fun,” she said. “I have wanted to do this race for a couple of years now, since it is known for being a challenging route because of the elevation. So it was very satisfying to have completed it.”
For complete results, visit the PEI Roadrunners page here .
In the 5K, it was Samuel Peterson finishing first with a time of 17:57, followed by Daniel Godfrey at 20:03, and Camden MacLeod. The top female was Emma Germain, with a time of 21:35, followed by Amber MacLeod at 21:57, and Heather Howlett at 22:59.
The event raises funds and awareness for the Mikinduri Children of Hope Foundation, an outreach organization formed in Prince Edward Island to help relieve the effects of poverty in Kenya.
Finishing first in the 15K race was Mike Peterson, with a time of 58:29, followed by Randy MacNeil at 59:42 and Tyler Read at 1:00:20.
First among females was Kristy Newson, with a time of 1:03:45.
Newson said it was her fourth or fifth time running at the event, which she really enjoys.
“The run went really well,” she said. “I used it as a training pace run for the P.E.I. half marathon. I’m used to the hills, as I train in Stratford on this route weekly.”