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Seventy-seven take part in Run for L.I.F.E

Rain clears in time for annual church fundraiser

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 9, 2017

TRYON, P.E.I. – Rain could have been a problem for the Run for L.I.F.E. here on Sunday, May 7, but organizers and runners got lucky.
Race director Deborah Walsh said she was happy with the event, which is a fundraiser for the South Shore United Church in the community.
“It was great, considering the weather just beforehand,” said Walsh. “It was pouring on my way out to start putting out pylons and signs, and it stopped when I got there.”

Participants in the annual Run for L.I.F.E. in Tryon, P.E.I. take off from the start line on Sunday, May 7.

Photo by j. norman-bain

That was welcomed by the 77 participants who turned out for the event, which included a 10K run, and walk/runs at the 5K and 2K distances.
While the rain held off, the elements were still a challenge for runners, according to Grace Dawson, top female in the 10K with a 48:41 time.
“The weather was definitely challenging for this run,” she said. “It is an out and back route so, for the first 5K, we were running right into a headwind and, for the last 5K, although we had the wind at our backs, the temperature was 16 degrees so it was hot.”
That is not to say Dawson did not enjoy herself. She loved the race, describing it as “one of the best organized and fun races on the Island.”
She raved about the delicious food provided by the ladies from the church, a menu that included home-cooked soup, rolls and dessert, and said there was also a great selection of door prizes that ranged from gift certificates to free lobster to bags of potatoes.
“And the organizers give out prizes to random participants as well – like whoever placed 20th overall – which is nice since it provides everyone with an opportunity to win, regardless of the place they finish,” said Dawson. “Overall, it is just a fun event that celebrates the importance of community.”
Finishing first in the 10K was Steve Reeves with a time of 39:03, followed by Cory Birch at 39:21 and John Bowser at 43:12. Top females behind Dawson were Liz Whitehouse at 50:00 and Cheryl Jeffery-Landry at 53:08.
In the 5K it was Aivar Koppel finishing first at the 18:45 mark, followed by top females Dominique Morency at 23:44, Chantal Basque-Godin at 24:56 and Maleah Welton at 26:05. Second place male was David Young at 26:12, followed by Owen Godfrey at 29:22.
For complete results, visit the PEI RoadRunners Club page here for the 10K and here for the 5K.