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Reeves, Saruk top finishers at Desmond Baglole 15K

Annual scenic road race draws 70 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 31, 2017

NEW GLASGOW, P.E.I. – A hilly 15K race doesn’t seem so tough when there are homemade cookies at the finish line.
Participants in the annual Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Race were treated to some of the island’s best scenery and home cooking on Saturday, Aug. 26, and feedback was as favourable as one might expect.
“Comments from the runners were very positive,” said race director Paul Baglole. “They love our course on the dirt Scenic Heritage Roads, as it is very quiet and scenic. And there were rave reviews on the homemade cookies at the finish, along with the watermelon and bananas.”

Participants take off at the start of the annual Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Race, which took place in New Glasgow, P.E.I. on Saturday, Aug. 26.

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Baglole credited his wife Pam for making all the cookies.
A total of 70 runners took part in the race, with all completing the 15K course, except for two who decided to make it a 9K run. Runners came from all over the island and as far away as Alberta.
“It was an overcast day with a light sprinkle of rain and temperatures in the 19-degree range, perfect for running,” said Baglole.
Winner of the race was Steve Reeves of Freetown, with a time of 1:01:20, followed closely by Mike Peterson at 1:01:23, and Samuel Peterson at 1:01:55.
The top female finisher was Natalie Saruk of Calgary, Alta., at the 1:01:55 mark.
Saruk said she loved the race, although she underestimated its description as a hilly course.
“I live in Calgary so I didn’t expect the hills to be as challenging as they were,” she said. “That being said, I really enjoyed the challenge and the way they did the route ‘frying pan’ didn’t make the run feel long.”
The first and last legs of the race were on the asphalt, while the rest of it took place on the dirt road.
“It’s not a huge race, so running on the trails was very peaceful,” said Saruk, who added she hopes to do the run again someday.
Finishing second among females was Jocelyn Peterson at 1:09:23, followed by Pam Power-McKenna at 1:20:01.
For complete results, see the PEI Roadrunners page here .