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Red back in fashion in Charlottetown

WR3 runners show support for our armed forces

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 22, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – They ran, they wore red, and they raised some money for the PEI Military Family Resource Centre.
The annual Wear Red Road Races (WR3) took place in Charlottetown this morning, with 150 taking part in half marathon, 10K and 5K events.
The serves to raise both awareness and funds for the centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services military families in Prince Edward Island.
Participating runners seemed quite impressed with the event, including Scott Langille, who came first in the half marathon race with a time of 1:23:55.

Scott Langille was the first place finisher in the half marathon at the annual Wear Red Road Races in Charlottetown on Saturday, April 22.

Photo courtesy of Scott Langille

“The race was tough, and I was racing against myself because I had a four-minute lead,” said Langille, who ran his first kilometer in 3:40. “The course of the half marathon was good, it was flat, and the course had some rough hills. It was a tough race but a great day to run.”
Finishing second behind Langille was Michael Peterson with a 1:28:21 time, and David MacPherson at 1:29:05. Top females were Shannon MacAulay at 1:38:10, Grace Dawson at 1:40:45 and Lori Pridham at 1:48:00.
For complete official results, visit Atlantic Chip here .
The half marathon course starts at the Pownel Sports Centre in Charlottetown, runs into the community of Stratford and finishes at the HMCS Queen Charlotte in Charlottetown. It has plenty of variety, including countryside, ocean views, the Hillsborough River Bridge and the city streets.
“I think it’s a course that is easy to underestimate,” said Dawson. “We like to think that P.E.I. is relatively flat, but the course shows that we do have our share of challenging hills and inclines.”
First in the 10K was Samuel Peterson with a 39:41 time, followed by Ryan
Coffin at 41:23 and Mac Richards at 49:27. Top females were Keirstin
Visser at 49:47, Mary-Jane Roper at 50:50 and Irene Lenentine at 51:37.
Visser praised the organizers for a great job on the event, and was also thankful for what Mother Nature had to offer. As unpredictable as April can be, the morning run did not have to deal with rain, snow, cold or wind.
“I really just went out there for a run and to support my friends,” said Visser. “It was a fun morning.”
In the 5K it was Jeremy Neuffer, only one week after winning the 5K at the Bunny Hop Easter Race, while Luc Gallant took second place with a 17:02, and Joel Gallant came in third at 18:24. The same runners also finished 1-2-3 in the Bunny Hop Easter Race the previous weekend.
Top females in the 5K were Tori Fitzpatrick at 20:26, Sophie Peterson at 22:55 and Susan Shive at 24:33.
The WR3 event is a true reflection of how supportive Islanders are of their communities, according to Dawson.
“The race is also just a nice way to show support for the men and women serving in our military – not just the individuals from P.E.I., but the contributions of all Canadians in the armed forces,” she said.