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June Run for Renee

Hourihan breaks course record at monthly 5K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 4, 2017

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – There was something in the air at today’s Run for Renee 5K, according to Dean Strowbridge.
The monthly race for the kidney foundation saw plenty of fast finishes, including 10 in under 20 minutes. Of the 44 participants, 18 finished with personal best times. Among those PBs was Sacha Hourihan with 17:49, only a week after running her 10K PB in Sussex.
“I am super happy with 17:49,” she said. “I didn’t think I would ever get under 18 minutes on that course this soon in the season, but my legs have been on a high since last weekend’s 10K PB.”

Jeff Queen races for the finish with Sacha Hourihan hot on his heels at the Run for Renee 5K in Quispamsis, N.B. on Sunday, June 4.

Photo courtesy of Run for Renee on Facebook

She broke her own female course record with that performance.
Hourihan came in only three seconds behind her training partner, first place overall finisher Jeff Queen, who is still working his way back into shape after being injured all winter.
“Today was a big step in that direction, and a big improvement over two weeks ago,” said Queen, who had run the course in 18:26 at the May event. “I could hear Sacha’s footsteps behind me all race, so I was running scared. I’m glad we could both dip under 18 today. It was a fun one.”
Hourihan ran in a pack of four or five for the first 2K, and then broke away to catch up with Queen.
“Jeff and I train together, so it was great that we were able to push each other to the finish line,” said Hourihan, who will now rest for a couple weeks before going after the 10K provincial championship at the Miramichi Rock ‘N Run on June 25.
There was no spectator more excited than Strowbridge, their friend and coach with the Rockwood Road Warriors.
“They duked it out the entire time,” he said. “We have about 200m where it’s a downhill to the finish, and those two were just booking it down the hill. It was fun to watch."
Both lived up to their nicknames of "The Beast" and "The Rocket Man," according to Strowbridge.
Finishing in third place was Jason Brown at 18:09, followed by Kevin Curnock at 18:30. Second female was Erin Vringer at 19:07, followed by Marcie Holland at 20:23.
Full results can be found at the Run for Renee 5K Facebook page here .
The weather conditions turned out beautiful for running, although with a slight headwind that made the fast times even more remarkable.
“We’ve got lots of people coming back to our race month after month, which we really appreciate,” said Queen. “It makes for a friendly, supportive atmosphere.”
Also announced today was a special partnership at the Sept. 17 Run for Renee, which will see the run take place at Rockwood Park in partnership with the kidney foundation, coinciding with the foundation’s fundraising walk.
The next Run for Renee will take place on Sunday, July 16.