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Strowbridge, Hourihan top the field in Rothesay Run

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 9, 2017

ROTHESAY, N.B. – It was just the way Dean Strowbridge wanted to end his racing season.
The Willow Grove speedster captured top spot in the 10K race at the Sweet Caroline Run in Rothesay on Saturday, Oct. 7, finishing his year with a season high time of 34:18.
“It was my last race of the year, so I just went with it,” said Strowbridge. “I’m super happy about this one, just to get a season best, which gives me confidence going into the off-season and into next year.”
He ran both the fifth and sixth kilometres of the race in under three minutes, something which he admitted he “paid the piper” for in the last stretch.

The fourth annual Sweet Caroline Run took place in Rothesay, N.B. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Photo courtesy of Sweet Caroline Foundation on Facebook

Having already recorded his 10K PB at the Sweet Caroline, Strowbridge said the Rothesay run has been good to him.
“The course is really nice, and they just paved the road so it’s even nicer,” he said. “The weather could not have been more perfect, it was eight degrees and sunny.”
He also had Daniel LeBlanc pushing the pace behind him, which made it even more fun, he said.
After being sidelined for the first half of the year due to a knee injury, Strowbridge has had a storybook running season, with big wins including the Chipman 10K, and two races at Marathon by the Sea in Saint John. He also ran two strong legs at last weekend’s Rum Runner Relay in Lunenburg, N.S., leading his team to a third place finish.
“Last week, my knee started bothering me on the second leg I ran, so it’s time pull back a bit,” he said. “I’ll work on strengthening my leg, especially the knee area, so I can get strong for next year, healthy and rested.”
LeBlanc finished in second place at the Sweet Caroline Run, with a time of 34:37, followed by top female Sacha Hourihan of Southfield, who notched a new PB of 37:04. She beat her previous best effort on that course by 52 seconds.
“The theme lately for me has been the one second PB,” she said, with a laugh. “But I will take every second that I can. It was the perfect morning for a 10K race, and a great morning to celebrate the life of Caroline.”
Hourihan ran with training partner Kevin Curnock for the first 8K, a strategy that worked to her benefit.
“He helped me stay on pace and pushed me to keep up on the hills,” she said. “At 8K, I hit a downhill and pushed the pace from there to the finish. I was aiming for sub-37 and came so close.”
Curnock finished in third place among males with a time of 37:15. The second place female was Erin Vringer at 41:36, followed by Katherine Miller at 46:15.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Proceeds from the event go to the Sweet Caroline Foundation to raise awareness about allergies and anaphylaxis, in memory of Caroline Lorette, a local youth who passed away from an anaphylactic reaction in 2014.