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Run For Renee sells out first race of the year

Second annual series kicks off with new course record

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 26, 2017

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – James Murphy was not even sure he was ready for today’s Run for Renee 5K race. He ended up setting a new course record.
The series, which is held monthly from April to October, kicked off on Sunday, April 23 with the cap of 50 participants registering for the first race.
“Everything went well,” said Dean Strowbridge, who put the series together as a fundraiser for the kidney foundation in memory of his mother. “We sold out on our first one.”
It was Murphy’s first time racing in the event, which he said is organized by a great group and supports a great cause.

James Murphy of Saint John set a new course record at the Run for Renee 5K in Quispmasis on April 23 with a time of 15:48.

Photo courtesy of Run for Renee 5K, Facebook

“I went in with the mindset that this was going to be a bit of a test to see where I am, as I haven’t raced since late September and I haven’t done any interval workouts since the beginning of October due to injuries,” he said. “Although not a PB, I was very happy with the result, all things considered.”
Feeling his training was far behind, he said his confidence was low going into the race, but the conditions and the fast course proved favourable.
“The last 2K is where it gets a little tough, with a couple of decent-size hills,” said Murphy. “I had to really hang on for the last couple kilometres or so, as my legs were completely shot. The hills were not kind to me.”
His performance still managed to set a new record for the course, edging out the 16:07 time set by Strowbridge himself last year. Following Murphy in second place on Sunday was Evan Arsenault at 16:50, and top female Sacha Hourihan at 18:45.
Third male was Jason Brown at 18:50, while second female was Suzanne Doucet at 21:25 (breaking her own record in the 50-59 age category) and third female was Kari Parsons at 21:50.
 “It was the time I was assuming I would get this early in the season, and I hope to improve on it each month, as I plan to do all the Run for Renee races this year,” said Hourihan, who added that the weather conditions were ideal. “The sun came out as the race began. It was a good turnout with 51 signed up for the first race. It brought out some fast runners.”
Other notable performances came from Mary Brosnan, setting a new record in the 60-69 age category with a 25:47, and John William Kelley, whose 25:55 set a new record in the 70-79 age category.
The next Run for Renee will take place on May 21.