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R.A.C.E. Run held in Point Pleasant Park

Event welcomes special guest from Kenya

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 23, 2017

HALIFAX – It’s a long way from Halifax to Iten, Kenya, but they grew a little bit closer today.
Point Pleasant Park was the site of The R.A.C.E. Run, a 5K event aimed at sponsoring a young runner from Kenya to come and experience life in Halifax. The young girl, Dorothy, arrived in Halifax on Friday and was the special guest at the event.
The event took place Sunday morning, with 113 runners taking part.
“It was absolutely incredible,” said Jennifer O’Connor, whose 13-year-old daughter Fleur came up with the idea. “We had a beautiful turnout and some same-day registrants, who asked to be included. It was so inspiring to see so many there to support this from the community.”

Dorothy (left) and Fleur were all smiles at The R.A.C.E. (Race for Awareness, Courage and Empowerment) Run in Halifax today.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer O’Connor

Brody Boudreau was the top finisher, with a time of 17:22, followed by Joe Stewart at 17:46 and Erick Too at 18:56.
Top female finishers were Maggie Smith at 19:23, Paula James at 20:05, and Abby Lewis at 21:06.
For complete official results, visit Atlantic Chip here.
It was the start of the racing season for Paula James, who said it was an opportunity for her to shake out the winter cobwebs on a challenging course.
“It was an awesome event,” she said. “I actually enjoyed the big hill today.”
As a teen, James used to race a lot at Point Pleasant Park in
cross-country events, and trained and raced there each fall when she ran for Dalhousie University. But today was the first time she had raced there in decades.

She complimented the organizers and said she was very glad to have taken part.
“So many good memories came back today,” she said. “The fact that today’s race was for such a great cause made it very special too. I’ve been following Fleur and Dorothy’s story, so it was exciting to play a little part in it by participating in the race day.”