MARITIME RUNNER
Your information hub for running in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island

Run for Renee wraps
with Halloween party

Curnock wins race and male points series

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 30, 2017

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – Seven races, 125 runners, thousands of dollars for the kidney foundation, and plenty of fun wrapped up yesterday as the Run for Renee 5K held its closing event for the year.
The weather was beautiful and the crowd was at maximum capacity, many of them in Halloween costumes, much to the pleasure of race director Dean Strowbridge.
“It couldn’t have turned out better,” he said. “It went perfectly. Everything worked out, the volunteers were super, and everybody did their jobs. I couldn’t be happier.”
The winner of the race was Kevin Curnock, with a time of 17:40.

(From left) Kevin Curnock, Scott Lee and Paul Sands were the top three male finishers in the Run for Renee 5K series, receiving their trophies after the last race for this year’s series on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Photo courtesy of Run for Renee 5K on Facebook

Curnock has run the race 10 or 11 times, and said this was his fastest time there yet. Getting the win was an added bonus.
“Kip Jackson set the pace and was in the lead for the majority of the race,” he said. “I picked it up at the two-mile mark and was able to pass and hold it. I knew he wasn’t far behind me, and that kept me pushing the pace.
“I’m sure if he was not wearing a wig of long, flowing locks, that he would have beat me,” he added.
Jackson finished in second place with a time of 17:50, followed by Jason Brown at 18:03. Top female finishers were Erin Vringer at 18:23, Elizabeth Albert at 21:09, and Suzanne Doucet at 21:50.
With the win, Curnock also passed Scott Lee to get the win in the male points race, which is based on accumulated placings over the seven-run series. Lee finished in second place, followed by Paul Sands in third.
Gail Dornan won the female points race, followed by Doucet in second place, and Claire Oliver in third.
Complete race results and points race standings can be found at the Run for Renee 5K Facebook page here .
“This race is an excellent local race with enthusiastic runners, and I love being part of it,” said Curnock. “Big thanks to Dean Strowbridge for making this race a regular event in the neighbourhood.”
Strowbridge thanked all of his volunteers, particularly Carol Lynn Landry and Jeff Queen, who help him organize it month after month.
The series was started in 2016 in memory of Strowbridge’s mother, Renee, with all proceeds going to the local kidney foundation chapter.
“I’m really proud of this race, and never dreamed it would have been this good,” he said. “Everyone seems excited for it, and we get a lot of the same runners so they must like it. I haven’t heard any complaints yet, and I do think we do a good job with it.”
It seems he is not alone in that thinking. The Run for Renee has been nominated for the Event of the Year award at the upcoming Run New Brunswick banquet.