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Shubie Classic 5K to become annual event

Allen top finisher at inaugural race on April 1

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 3, 2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – The first-year sellout proved to not be an April Fool’s Day joke. Organizers are declaring the inaugural Shubie Classic 5K a smashing success.
Dean Arbuckle and Lee Dauphinee were both happy with the event, which took place at Shubie Park on Saturday, April 1.
“I was very pleased with the outcome of our first annual event,” said Arbuckle. “Overall, everyone had a great time and we are excited to do it again next year.”
The success did not come without some worrying moments. After the lingering winter weather conditions ruined the planned route, organizers had to put in all-nighter to put a whole new route in place within a span of two days.

(From left) Angela Pratley, Lia Thibault, Sangeeta Raj and Tanya Wagner-Wile were all smiles during the Shubie Classic 5K on Saturday, April 1.

Dauphinee admits to having his doubts during those tense moments, but was happy they were able to turn things around.
“People loved the route, and we heard nothing but roaring happiness,” he said. “We put a lot of time into clearing ice and snow and salting, and it was near perfect conditions.”
A total of 314 people took part.
Top finisher was Fraser Allen with a time of 19:16, followed by Kirk Maclean at 19:58, and Monier Chediac only one second behind at 19:59.
Top females were Melanie Hamill at 23:10, Kelsi Littler at 23:32, and Shelley Parsons at 23:55.
For complete official results, see Atlantic Chip here.
“Shubie was a great run,” said Parsons, who said she would be back next year. “Having the event in the park trails was awesome. The swag medal was great, and the pre-run music as well. It was well organized for sure.”
Arbuckle was quick to give credit where it was due.
“A huge part of our success on Saturday was thanks to our amazing volunteers, generous sponsors and all the great runners and walkers who came out,” he said. “DJ Tom Fleming did a terrific job of keeping energy levels high and really added to the fun factor of our event.”