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Sawyer takes first place at Lorneville Loop

Annual 13K race kicks off Run NB Super Series

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 9, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Greg Sawyer traveled all the way from Edmundston to take part in Sunday’s Lorneville Loop race, and he made the trip worthwhile.
Sawyer chopped more than a minute from his time at last year’s race, coming in well ahead of the pack at 46:13.
“I’m pleased with it,” he said. “I ran alone, so I pushed myself.”
Coming in second place behind Sawyer was Justin Young at 48:54, followed by Nicholas Larade at 49:11.
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Greg Sawyer of Edmundston heads for the finish line at the Lorneville Loop 13K race on Sunday, April 9, where he finished in first place with a time of 46:13.

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The sun shone down on the nearly 200 participants in this year’s race, with the temperature staying at around 10 degrees for the duration.
Runners seemed happy with the conditions.
“It was a little windy, and a lot of hills, but it was fun,” said Sawyer, who next plans to compete at the 15K race in Grand-Digue on April 29. “I like the Saint John area.”
The top female finisher was Sacha Hourihan of Southfield coming in at 51:22, followed by April Lambert at 59:01 and Brenda Guitard at 1:00:51.
It was the first road race of 2017 for Hourihan, after a very busy 2016 that saw her compete in more than 30 events. She said she was happy with her time, which was slightly slower than her 51:05 finish time at last year’s Lorneville Loop.
“Last year I was a little bit faster, but I knew I wasn’t in as good a shape this year, and it’s only about 17 seconds difference,” she said. “It’s a tough course, hilly, but a nice challenge and a good first race to get over with.”

Nearly 200 runners and walkers took part in this year’s Lorneville Loop race on Sunday, April 9.

Sacha Hourihan of Southfield was the top female finisher at the Lorneville Loop for the second straight year with a time of 51:22.

After last year’s heavy winds, she said she could not have asked for better conditions for early April than what today had to offer.
Hourihan is now working on bringing her half marathon time down, and plans to run fewer races this year in order to get more rest and recovery time.
Mary Brosnan, who organizes the Lorneville Loop each year with her husband, Michael Lynch, said she was pleased with this year’s turnout.
“We’re very happy, and we should have raised quite a bit of money,” she said. “All our profit goes to the IWK, so they should get quite a bit.”
Today’s event also served as the kickoff for Run New Brunswick’s #RunTrackie Super Series, 21 races throughout the year from which runners accumulate points towards the provincial standings.
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Zachary Boulanger takes a breather after competing at the Lorneville Loop 13K race.

Jeff Queen grabs his smallest supporter before carrying him over the finish line.